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!

Flight at Groove Suite

First we met James “Jim” Collier at Groove Suite and we were in love. Then we met his boyfriend Chris Dematras and we fell in love again. We’ve been dying to hear Chris DJ as The Art of Hot, but for their first ventures into producing a dance party they decided to politely invite others onto the decks. We attended their first offering called “Flight” last week and we had a blast! Hugs all around, some of the best local dancers doing their thing and plenty of dance music. Jim and Chris appropriately donned captain’s hats for the occasion, while the poi dancer wore a fetching flight attendant hat.

Flight event at Groove Suite

Jim, Lexi, and Chris

  • Deep Slapper: These guys added in some jazzy stuff at the end of the set that we loved
  • Easy Company : Not for the namby pamby types! Just saying it had a bit of a harder edge, we like all dance music.
  • Team Sexy: Unfortunately, it was a school night for us, so we didn’t get to hear the last disc jockeys of the night.

It was a fabulous start at a beloved and beleaguered discotheque in downtown Portland. Enough people showed up to get the dance floor going and show their support. What will happen with Groove Suite? Why can’t they let the people dance and make merry in a spacious and convenient location? I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all want to be safe when partying and laws governing nightclubs are important. I also don’t know the details of the problems with the current location for Groove Suite. I do know that since I have been in Portland, it has continuously offered up some of the best parties and brought in the best DJ’s from around the world. At proletarian prices too! I also think one of the best things us Disco Proletarians can do right now is go to events at Groove Suite and show that we care and appreciate all the hard work that has gone into this Portland treasure.

Back to the topic at hand. Jim goes to EVERY event in Portland, takes pictures and then posts them on his Pocho’s Cosas page on facebook.  Be sure to check there for pictures of Portlanders and out-of-towners dancing the night away! The next Flight event, Jetset, takes place April 11th, again at Groove Suite. Get your groove on before the groove is gone!

Lexi Galexy, poi dancer extraordinaire!

Spectre of the Rose here – I would just like to add this amusing text from the beginning of the night:

ramping up

Baccara: Sorry, We Are Ladies

The Legendary Mayte Mateos and Maria Mendiola first joined together in 1976, to form the singing and dancing duo Venus.  They met while both were performers with Spanish Television’s Ballet Company. Not meeting with much success as variety show dancers, they were taken under the wing of Dutch producer/composer Rolf Soja and renamed Baccara, a type of Black Rose.

Baccara album cover

Baccara’s first album Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

Their songs are rip-offs of so many recognizable disco songs of the era, that it’s pointless to even start naming them. When I hear their music, I feel like I’m watching Love Boat, listening to Saturday Night Fever and Abba, while feathering my hair. Yes Sir, I Can Boogie is absolutely amusing, but also a bit perplexing. The beginning of the song is almost exactly like Don’t Leave Me This Way, made famous by Thelma Houston, and then they sing of worries about their social standing.

I wanna keep my reputation
I’m a sensation
You try me once, you’ll beg for more

Because he will want for more after one time, it may tarnish her reputation?  What if it wasn’t more than one time? I can’t imagine the trials of being a lady in 1970’s European discotheques, so I will not judge them for their confusing lyric. I do warn you, Reader Dearest, to not think too hard about what these ladies are singing about, because your brain may explode.  One of my favorites is the totally weird Sorry, I’m a Lady:

Sorry I’m a lady
sorry I’m a lady
I would rather be
rather be
just a little shady
just a little shady
naughty dynamite, dynamite
Sorry I’m a lady
sorry I’m a lady
have you got a light
got a light for me tonight.

What on earth are they talking about?  Why apologize for being a lady? And why, if you are sorry for being a lady, do you need a light?  Perhaps it’s Victorian of me, but does a lady really smoke in public? It took a few listens, but what I think they are trying to say is that  they are charmed by a witty Casanova and would succumb to his charms if they weren’t ladies. But what is naughty dynamite?

Baccara album

Naughty Dynamite!

The video is very beautiful and soft-lensy and again they are wearing black and white. I can’t tell the difference between the two, although that is definitely one of my goals, but they both look quite glamorous in their satin pantsuits.

Here is the video for Yes Sir, I can Boogie. Look out for the punching choreography during the chorus:

disco singers Baccara

Still being fabulous in Norway from 2012. Photo by Ernst Vikne