90 Days of Vogue

The Legendary Lady Sasa has committed to share her 90 days of voguing on Youtube! I will be going back to the beginning and watching them all, but I suggest you start with yesterday’s video:

What a beautiful dancer! Lady Sasa says that when she gets on the floor she starts out soft and cunt and then gets all dramatic. Ever since I first wrote about voguing, I’ve been wanting a better understanding of the different categories and vogue-cabulary. Thanks Lady Sasa for showing us these styles with your own particular interpretation!

I love when Lady Sasa is doing floor work and you hear “back in the day when we had a beef we took it out on the dance floor.” Can all battles take place on the dance floor, please? Spectre and I went to the two person elimination dance battle, Deep, at ADX a couple of weeks ago and we were too absolutely gobsmacked by the dancers to even write about it. If all kids were taught to dance it out from a young age we earthlings would be on our way to a peaceful future.

My favorite battlers were the dancers who had very unique styles. You could tell they knew how to pop and break dance etc., but that was layered with their own individual moves and it was captivating. We also saw some some young gals confront each other on the dance floor, not so much with technique but with their strong gestures and the power of their movements. This is where dance innovation comes from. When you see someone like Chocolate Milk dance, a local Portland street dancer who is also classically trained and just back from NYC, you will just about weep! Chocolate Milk was stunning and the only competitor at Deep who added vogue elements.

Back to Lady Sasa. Bring it, sister! I can’t wait for her offerings of fierceness to bring light into my life for 78 more days!

Egyptian Lover NYE 2013

Wondering what to do this New Year’s Eve? Look no further than this gorgeous dance party extravaganza at YU in SE Portland. Check out the details and buy tickets here:

Totally bitchin’ event page for Egyptian Lover

Spectre of The Rose and I both have an enduring interest in ancient Egypt, so you know we were absolutely thrilled to learn of this event. Plus, we like to dance and we love all Egyptian Lovers and Tutters and their ilk.

Most importantly, this event features the one and onlyp Legendary Egyptian Loverp himself!!!

Learn it.

Egyptian costume

Spectre of The Rose or Cleopatra?

In fact, Katzendame happened to be watching The Mystery of The Cocaine Mummy * about an Egyptian mummy that tested positive for cocaine and nicotine, when she heard about the event. Bitches were partying! We will not get into the historical ramifications and various theories up-ended by this startling discovery but suffice to say, we can look to the ancients on how to bring in a new year. We are not condoning the use of cocaine and nicotine, because they are bad. We do condone dancing, wearing a ton of makeup, Maryjane, Sazerac cocktails, wine, getting down and enjoying life.A

Egyptian Goddess Bastet

Bastet statue photo by Kotofeij K. Bajun

Are we hedonists? Perhaps a bit. We prefer to think of ourselves as Maenads, followers of Dioynisus. Katzendame also worships Bastet, the Egyptian cat god, but perhaps you guessed.

Back to wearing tons of makeup; Katzendame recently discovered when refreshing herself on the finer points of her chosen deity that the ancient Egyptians wore cosmetics as a sacred rite. Pharoahs, proletarians, men, and women alike, all wore cosmetics, especially eye makeup to emulate the eye of Horus. Black kohl was worn around their eyes in an almond shape and accompanied by green eyeshadow. To be beautiful was to be holy and their cosmetics held magical powers.w

Next up: Spectre of The Rose on the King Tut exhibit in Seattle and the fabulous dance style called Tutting.

And Steve Martin.  I hope that the Spectre writes about Steve Martin.