(From the documentary Flow Affair by Wolfgang Busch of Art From the Heart, 2010)
Having met and worked with director and videographer Wolfgang Busch through the "How Do I Look" community empowerment project, it was discovered that a new art form was emerging, worthy of its own distinctions beyond just "Vogueing with a Prop." If Fate had any say, then it was truly destined for these our creative minds to cross paths. Originally, each was oblivious to the other: while Wolfgang was busy on the East Coast in New York, networking and cross-pollenating communities (as has been a good part of his work over the last decade or so), I was in the Midwest, helping to get the Harlem Vogue and House Ball format established in Chicago in the early 90s.
Wolfgang introduced members of the Flagging/Fanning community to the decendants of the Harlem Ball Circuit (still continuing the decades-old Harlem Renaissance traditions). I had stumbled upon the vogueing craft and community of New York via music video and worked at honing my skills over the years. I also caught fleeting glimpses of the leather-clad fan dancers from the early Chicago Pride Parades and wondered how I could learn more. In both cases, it was tough to procure information, except for the occasional archived footage that could be gleened (think How To Wear Out a VHS Tape). Or the single internet lead from halfway around the world that finally explained in detail how to deconstruct/reconstruct the fans. But soon, I would combine both disciplines in an effort to "use everything I got."
As some of the neo-purveyors of Flogueing were starting to adopt the form into their repertoire (circa 2010ish), it was decided among a few key NY Ballroom veterans that I should be dubbed Honorary Grand Daddy of the movement. I graciously accepted.
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