Don't Just Stand There, Let's Get to It: Vogue Evolution
If you haven't been watching America's Best Dance Crew this season, it's time to start. For those out of the loop, ABDC (as it is known in the in-crowd) is a dance competition show on MTV that combines crew battles and audience voting to determine, well, America's best dance crew. Sure, the show is a little corny, and the awesome Artistry in Motion crew was eliminated last week despite their body-positive message, but ABDC has a lot to offer the feminist television viewer. The show focuses on teamwork and togetherness as opposed to the abilities of certain individuals, and every week they give the teams a different challenge (the Beyoncé challenge was particularly kickass). The real reason to watch, though, is Vogue Evolution.
Vogue Evolution is the best f*#$ing dance crew ever on ABDC, and not just because they are the first openly gay/trans crew. Hailing from the underground ball scene in New York, crew members Dashaun Williams, Devon Webster, Malechi Williams, Leiomy Maldonado and Jorel Rios are all about breaking down barriers and representing marginalized groups in a positive, kick-ass way. To top it off, they are also dancing to raise awareness for HIV education. Oh, and their dancing is insane.
Seriously folks, Vogue Evolution rules every competition on the show. So much so that the mildly homophobic-seeming (or at least awkward-seeming) Mario Lopez and Shane Sparks (host and judge, respectively) have no choice but to swallow their discomfort and cheer for the queers. And judges Lil Mama and J.C. Chasez love Vogue Evolution without a hint of hesitation. Check out this video for evidence:
Aren't they sooo good? OMG Vogue Evolution is the best dance crew! And it is really exciting that the MTV crowd seems to be embracing them so wholeheartedly. After all, not only are the members of Vogue Evolution representing a marginalized group (the gay, trans, queer, underground types that are not typically embraced by MTV bros) but they are doing it by voguing, a form of dance rarely seen in mainstream media. And America (at least the dance-competition-watching population) is loving it.
Visit After Elton to read a great interview with Vogue Evolution that includes background info and questions about who is single and who is taken (save the last dance for me please, Malechi!). Oh, and don't forget to vote for your favorite crew every Sunday night at 9:00 pm. I'd encourage you to cast your vote in this direction:
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