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In garish makeup and dangerously high heels, a black male dancer's outstretched arms aggressively slice the air in time to the Paris nightclub music until suddenly, he drops "dead" on the floor. Vogue, the '80s dance movement Madonna popularized in her hit 1990 song of the same name, is experiencing a revival in France. Madonna was criticized for her lyrics, which some said appropriated the movement for the white population, even though black dancers featured in the video.The moves were first popularized in 1980s New York during exuberant Vogue Balls that served as a refuge for the black and Latino LGBT community.French-born black drag queen Lasseindre Ninja, who had lived in New York before founding the French Vogue scene, feels that the perfect storm contributing to the dance's emergence in '80s New York – the myriad minority groups, racism, homophobia – is present in today's Paris.The Vogue community is divided into global fashion-themed houses, or teams, that dance off against each other, such as the House of Gaultier, House of Chanel and the House of Lanvin.
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