Sponsored Video: Smirnoff Presents Voguing: We’re Open

Madonna Vogue Smirnoff

As you can see from this video from Smirnoff, voguing is back with a vengeance!

I’m old enough to remember ‘Voguing’ the first time around. The year was 1990 and I was an impressionable teenager living in a small Northern Town spending far too long in my bedroom (and this was long before the internet). There were four channels on the TV and Madonna was at the very height of her fame.

The main source for new music for most people was 7pm on a Thursday night and ‘Top of the Pops’. Her song ‘Vogue’ was everywhere and the accompanying video showed a dancing style that was something different… something new….

In truth, the history of the dance actually goes back much further than Madonna. Voguing had its origins in the Harlem ballrooms of 1960’s African Americans and was adopted as a ‘thing’ by the gay clubs in late eighties New York and that’s where Madonna stole found it.

If I’m totally honest, it was never really my style of dancing, Voguing is far too energetic and relies on a reasonable sense of rhythm and co-ordination, neither of which I had sufficient amounts of to have the confidence to ‘bust-a-move’ on the dance floor.

My dancing was more of a cross between Bez from the Happy Mondays and an epileptic native American Indian which I thought was cool, but with the benefit of hindsight, probably unintentionally hilarious.

Ah well, so passes the sands of time, these days I’m much more confident. I’m an embarrassing Dad dancer and proud of it!

This video is sponsored by Smirnoff but all thoughts are my own – Please drink responsibly, for more info visit www.smirnoff.com/