How to vogue dance tutorial

How to vogue like a pro in five easy steps - WATCH

From the ballrooms of Harlem to Drag Race, voguing is a long-celebrated part of LGBT culture, but nailing the sickening dance style is still the arena of a mere talent few.

Luckily for us, however, National Student Pride are helping those with two left feet learn how to tear up a runway like a pro with a new video which teaches you how to vogue in five easy steps, with tips on how to dip, death drop,  duck walk and vogue better than Madonna herself.

The masterclass is led by House of Revlon’s vogue artist Kenni Maldonado, who teaches student and activist Emma the five elements of voguing, as well as exploring the dance’s fascinating history.

It all comes ahead of National Student Pride’s ‘Strictly Come Voguing’ competiion, which will see budding amateurs take to the stage at London’s University of Westminster this Saturday (23 February) to dance their way to the crown.

Volunteer Luca Mitchell says National Student Pride’s mission is to be the “Pride of conversation.”

“The shared experience and education between Kenni and Gemma resonates with this mission; with a conversation about breaking down barriers and uniting LGBT+ community,” he says.

“National Student Pride is a safe space where so many queer young people attend their first pride. We hope, as so many do every year, LGBT+ students will walk away inspired to be their true identity.”

If you follow Kenni’s masterclass and find yourself a bit of a natural (we most certainly are not), you can enter National Student Pride’s ‘Strictly Come Voguing’ competition here.

National Student Pride 2019 takes place 22-24 February at London’s University of Westminster and G-A-Y venues. For weekend and free Saturday afternoon tickets click here.

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A GIF Guide to Voguing (+ Short History)

When Isla Jones Chanel got her start as a dancer and artist in New York, she and her peers loved to mimic the Vogue style on the dance floor. After moving to LA, Isla found that the downtown club scene was even thirstier for this form. So she founded Banjee Ball, a monthly party hosted at SPiN Standard at The Standard, Downtown LA, to create a space where the Ballroom community and the club kids could mix and mingle. Standard Culture asked Jones Chanel to explain the history and teach us (mere mortals), the basic moves in .gif form so we'll be ready to vogue come time for the next Banjee Ball on April 10th.

Isla breaking it down on the dance floor

Voguing is a modern American dance style first created in the black and Latino LGBT community. Madonna's 1990 hit "Vogue" is the reference point that grounds most people's understanding. While her song and video helped catapult the art form - as well as the careers of some of Vogue's most accomplished dancers - in fact, it's a cultural movement rooted in the fight against oppression, racism, and homophobia.

Vogue's origins date back to the early 1900s in Harlem, where Drag Balls (competitions) were organized for the Black community in reaction to the racist and often exclusive Drag balls happening elsewhere in Manhattan. By the ‘60s, Ballroom culture was in full effect, and collective "houses" formed to create a safe place and family structure for young queer kids who were often rejected by their biological families and were essentially homeless. At a Ball, the houses function like teams at a sporting event. While competition is the structure of a ball, it’s the creative and community experience that animates ballroom culture. For kids who are a target of hate and confusion in the outside world, the runway is a safe zone to express their creativity and talent. It's a for them to feel fabulous and special.

Inspired by Vogue Magazine, dancers would mimic fashion and runway models with hand gestures and poses. Originally called presentation, it later took on the term performance, and eventually came back to its inspiration: Vogueing.

A Ball consists of a judge’s panel, a commentator (or MC), and the contestants who compete in numerous categories for the trophy. The categories can be quite nuanced to ensure there is a little something for everyone. European Model, American Model, Butch Queen Vogue Femme, Female Figure, and Realness with a Twist are examples of categories you would see at a traditional Ball. When someone enters a category, they are "walking". If the judge's panel approves of what someone brought to the runway, a contestant is given a score of "10s across the board" and becomes eligible to compete. After a series of battles in which the commentator and spectators chant to encourage and energize the dancers, a winner is decided.

Today, there are three basic styles of Voguing: Old Way, New Way, and Vogue Femme. Old Way uses shapes and poses, while New Way – built off of Old Way - uses more flexibility and gymnastics. The Vogueing seen in Madonna's video is a combination of Old and New Way. In the mid ‘90s Vogue Femme evolved into a dramatic, overtly feminine style. Vogue Femme consists of five elements: Catwalk, Hands, Spins and Dips, Duckwalks, and Floor Performance.


Hands: Telling a story through hand and arm movements. New Way vogue uses sharp lines and angles while Vogue Femme keeps a soft, limp wrist with circular movements.


Catwalk: Walking like a cat: deliberate and feminine. The movement is a side-to-side hip sway with the feet carefully stepping in a rhythmic pattern while the arms move in opposition overhead.


Duckwalk: Walking like a duck in a squatted position, much like the traditional Russian folk dancing. Duckwalks challenge the dancer to maintain sensual movement while in a deep squat, and this deep squat is often a launching pad for tricks, spins and dips.

Spins and Dips

Spins/Dips: Spinning, turning, or rotating the body for dramatic effect. Often the spin will end in a fall to the floor, or a dip, though not all dips start in a spin. A soft dip will move to the floor in a cunning manner. A death drop a dip that starts from standing and immediately falls to the floor.

The Dip Position: like a split, but with one leg bent, and the other in the air, and the head and torso are arched back onto the bent leg.

Floor Performance

Floor Performance: Using the floor to express sensuality through rolling, twisting, posing, dipping, arching, and stretching.

Isla performs with her husband under the name Purple Crush, and as a voguer in the House of Chanel. She has toured dance clubs and festivals in North America and Europe for almost ten years and was a formative act in the dance movement EDM. She and her husband have produced original music for artists like Lady Gaga and Ru Paul's Drag Race winner, Raja. Isla has choreographed with MOCA, and for artists LE1F and Cherie Lily.

Special thanks to our featured dancer, Ryku Bella.

Vogue dance in Moscow - training for beginners at the Ladies Dance&Mind school

Vogue dance training for beginner girls
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Vogue is the most fashionable of modern street dances! It is danced by bloggers, celebrities, popular dancers and for a reason. The thing is that this dance is unusually feminine, but at the same time very energetic and mannered! The hallmark of the vogue style is a clear geometry of the hands, combined with elements of posing and podium penetrations.

The Vogdivs arrange colorful battles where they improvise, trying to make their dance as shocking and bright as possible. Dancers of this style have their own special views on fashion, music and form a community of interests in which they support each other.

Vogue will not leave you indifferent! After all, modern rhythmic club music sounds in the classroom, there is an excellent physical activity, since in vogue the dance takes place at different levels and includes many passages and movements. You will feel like a real eye-catcher and you will be able to surprise your friends at the party with fashionable and bright movements.

Come to class to try this style, maybe it is the very thing that you have been looking for for so long!

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Nastya and her creative team on the stage of Moscow State University

Vog classes at our school

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    Who are our classes for?


    For beginner girls who have never danced or danced for a very long time. Classes are held in comfortable conditions for a group of 3 to 6 people!

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    1) Warm-up and dance warm-up
    2) Practicing the basics and basic movements of Vogue style
    3) Mastering simple combinations and passages
    4) Combining the learned in choreography and practicing the manner of delivery

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    Trial lesson costs 850 rubles.

    One-time individual lesson — 2500 rub. + rent.

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    In spacious halls with windows, 7 minutes walk from the Kaluzhskaya metro station. See the exact address here.
    The schedule for the next week is here.

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    Comfortable sportswear that does not restrict movement, sneakers.

Julia Tsvetkova

Dance teacher at the Ladies Dance&Mind dance school in Vog. Dance experience over 10 years, rich experience in teaching dance to teenagers and adults. Author of his own online dance courses. Creator of his own dance team and winner of All-Russian competitions.

Julia - winner and prize-winner of prestigious dance competitions:

  • Fame Your Choreo,
  • Project 818 and other lesser known competitions

And also Julia:

  • member of the top creative teams in Moscow
  • since 2019 leads her own dance team SK FAM
  • made her team the winners of the AMF Dance Festival in 2020, as well as prize-winners of other dance competitions
  • took part in the filming of videos and performances with show business stars.

It is interesting that Yulia develops in different styles from high heels to hip-hop and regularly attends the classes of the world's top choreographers.

Yulia about her lessons: "Clear lines and plastic feminine movements - all this is vog. Ideal for developing grace and manners. We sort everything until we achieve an excellent result!"

Anna Ivanova

Dance teacher at the Ladies Dance&Mind dance school in Vog. Dance experience for more than 3 years, rich experience in teaching dance to teenagers and adults. Author of his own dance courses.

Anna - dancer and choreographer, member of the Dance Now and Akryl Moscow State University groups. He constantly improves his skills and learns new things from top Russian dancers!

Anna specializes in street dancing, especially Vogue and Hip-Hop. Her classes are always filled with drive and emotions! It will help mastering free improvisation and a sense of rhythm.

Anna about her lessons and performances: "I really like to dance, invent something new and unusual and help others learn this art... I have been performing at various events for quite a long time. And yet every time I feel the excitement in front of the audience. And then a powerful explosion of emotions... In general, I'm extremely happy!"

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Vogue Femme Base


Learn to dance the most feminine style of voga in one click

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Teacher of the course

"Hello! My name is Dora Bonchinche. I have been dancing for 15 years, 6 of which in modern styles, and 4 teaching. My main and favorite direction is vog. I am a member of Bonchinche vogue house. -classes in Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkov, Ivano-Frankivsk, Belgorod-Dnestrovsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tyumen and others. Judged festivals in Odessa, Kharkov, Kyiv, Tyumen, Belgorod-Dnestrovsk. She starred in videos of such artists as " The Hardkiss", Max Barskikh, "Davinchi", Groza and others. VOGUE is a whole culture, the main message of which is unconditional love and support for self-expression. This is exactly what inspires me, this is what I try to convey to students. You can be beautiful in regardless of appearance, weight, skin color, clothing preferences. You can be beautiful, feeling confident in your body and your feelings.Sincerity and self-love is the main thing that I want to reveal in people, and dance is a wonderful tool for this . As my therapist says, “dance is the best way to connect body, mind and soul.”

Vogue? Femme!

"Femme" means "woman" in French and it's really the most feminine style in voga. The course is suitable for those who want to develop their femininity, sexuality, confidence, present themselves, become more flexible and plastic.

The course is special in that it is built on improvisation from the very first lesson and it is not scary at all! We guarantee ease of perception, the removal of psychological blocks and clamps, the absence of porridge in the head and the convenient structure of the entire femme base.

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Three reasons why you should take this course

  • Mini-lessons

    Each lesson lasts only 20 minutes, so that the material is easier to remember, and it is more comfortable and more interesting for you to study further. The course consists of six blocks, each of which has 3 lessons of 20 minutes.

  • Built on improvisation

    We learn the basics of the style, practice it and improvise from the first lesson. Classes are structured in such a way that you will not be afraid to liberate yourself and prove yourself.

  • Savings

    Buy once and practice as much as you like! In addition, each lesson is equal to a full lesson in the hall, so you get more and pay less. A profitable investment in yourself, your body and development.

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Format of classes

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You can return to study the course at any time and can be released at any time lessons as many times as you like

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In each lesson, an explanation of the new hand technique + exercises to develop improvisation with this technique.

Program of the course

Lesson 1: work with hips, development of hip plastics + combination with simple hands.
Lesson 2: learning about different types of penetrations in femme.
Lesson 3: combination of basic penetrations and hand techniques.

Lesson 1: learning another type of basic penetration and variations on it.
Lesson 2: studying possible options for changing levels + exercises for the development of improvisation.
Lesson 3: combining hand techniques with penetrations.

Block No. 1

Hands Performance
(Hand Techniques)

Block No. 2

Catwalk & HIPS
(Passing and Work Bades)


Duckwalk & LET )

Lesson 1: the study of parterre technique (dance on the floor) + exercises for the development of improvisation.
Lesson 2: the study of parterre technique (dance on the floor) + exercises for the development of improvisation.
Lesson 3: combination of ground technique with hands.

Lesson 1: studying the basic element “dip” that is important in femme + options for entering it.
Lesson 2: learning basic rotations.
Lesson 3: work on changing levels.

Lesson 1: combining all the basic elements with each other.