in memory of Marcus White

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THE CATEGORY IS...

WEST COAST CONVERGENCE

This year's "Come AZ You Are" series of events is about connecting communities together through an online experience.

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COME AZ YOU ARE

Come AZ You Are, inspired by ballroom, uniquely Arizona, is a mini-festival celebrating spaces of affirmation and radical joy through art as social (inter)action. The interdisciplinary festival is inspired by Vogue/Ballroom culture rooted from LGB and trans communities and is open to all. The program bridges the beautifully diverse communities on campus and in our worlds outside of ASU to foster transformational community through arts and culture. This year's Festival hosts dynamic local and national artists and offers a performance, exhibition battles, panel discussion, and more. This is part of the Sol Motion series and cuts across the disciplines of dance, fashion, theatre/design, music, and more.

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DESIGN

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PRODUCTION

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CULTURE

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DANCE

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FASHION

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POETRY

 
Disco Ball

DAY ONE - KNOWLEDGE

ZOOM CODE #8081054297

OCTOBER 23, 2020 - Via Zoom

TIME: 5P-8P

Introducing Event, Introducing My house, Introducing Panelists

FILM

Docu-series showing of 'My House feat. Precious Ebony, Tati Mugler, Alex Mugler, Jelani Mizrahi, Lolita Balenciaga, and Relish Mila

DISCUSSION PANEL

Host & Panelist Lady Caress, Rylee Locker,

Legendary Enyce Smith

DAY TWO - MAIN EVENT

ZOOM CODE #8081054297

OCTOBER 24, 2020 - Via Zoom

TIME: 4P-8P

Meet eight members from the West Coast ball scene and watch them represent their category in a demo ball. Elements of ballroom are in the lineup for the night. Other festivities include performances, a Vogue workshop w/ Enyce, and learning how to make your Vote count.

WELCOME REEL

Intro event and happenings

MARCUS WHITE TRIBUTE

THE DROP PERFORMANCE

POSE THE POLLS 

REACH L.A. INTRODUCTION

in honor of....

Interview + special guest performance

Voting resources

Enyce introducing Interviews + Reels with Calypso Balmain,

Rosie Ninja, Torie Balmain, Legendary Mike Mike Escada,

Teyana Garçon, Jaylen Balmain, Pink Escada, Rigo 007

Eight members from the West Coast ball scene, Reach L.A.

Watch them represent their category in a demo ball.

Face+

Runway+

Realness+

Vogue Performance+

are in the lineup for the night.

LEAH+RAERAE (JUKEBOX) PERFORMANCE

Interview + special guest performance

HOUSE OF PARAGON PERFOMANCE

H.O.K. PERFORMANCE

Interview + special guest performance

Interview + special guest performance

WORKSHOP W/ ENYCE SMITH

learn the culture, history, and elements of vogue

Q&A

LEGENDARY COMMENTATOR

ENYCE SMITH

"KING OF THE WEST COAST"

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LADY CARESS 

SPINNING LIVE

DJ PANIC

*FILMED BY ODINS EYE CREATIONS

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MEET YOUR GUESTS

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Legendary Enyce Smith is a multi-talented artist living in Los Angeles, CA. Within the ballroom scene he is known for his voguing, commentating, and his title as “King of the West Coast.” He started walking balls in 2004 at 19 years old, and in 2016 he was deemed Legendary. Vogue is his first love, but he’d rather commentate at balls today. Enyce loves ballroom because it makes you feel like you are a part of something and that you’re wanted. Outside of ballroom, Enyce works as a dancer and music artist. He started dancing professionally in 2003 within the LA area. He has been making music since a young age, but became serious about it in 2014, with his hit “Call Me Crazy,” coming out in 2015. As an educator, he is passionate about giving back to the community as a mentor to the youth coming into the scene. Enyce started teaching Vogue classes in 2012. He has been a guest and resident teacher at REACH LA, Movement Lifestyle, Pitzer College, Arizona State University, and in various Middle and High schools. Enyce’s love for his community fuels him to continue his work to uplift and inspire

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For over 10 years, nationally recognized performance artist, Lady Caress has dedicated her life to the art of communication as both a poet and public speaker.  With a Master of Fine Arts in Performance from Arizona State University, she has designed and executed public speaking and performance workshops across the country. Featured on PBS and NPR, Lady Caress  crafts her message of empowerment, social justice and cultural awareness through compelling live performance and video.  She has toured over 150 colleges and universities with her solo show and was awarded the 2017 Campus Activities Spoken Word Artist of the Year. Her unique set of comedy, music, beatboxing and theatrics has led to commissioned work for the National Multicultural Women’s Conference, The Blaque Resource Network, YMCA and several other national youth programming organizations. Seen on BET at the 365 Black Awards and Season 4 of Verses and Flow on TvOne, Lady Caress is truly a dynamic performer.

www.ladycaress.com

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Teyana Garçon is A force to be reckoned with. Teyana walks three categories: realness, body, and runway. With runway being her predominant category Teyana has been able to have many unforgettable moments. When Teyana is not serving it up on the ballroom floor she is writing for her upcoming debut EP “The Love Shack” Coming Valentine’s Day 2021. Be sure to check out Teyana’s hit single “Orbit” on iTunes and all other digital streaming services.

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Torie Balmain was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He began his ballroom journey 6 years ago under the House of Blahnik where he soon transitioned to the House of Balmain. His main category is Butch Queen Vogue Fem, but he also took a passion to learning how to walk runway and commentating. He was blessed to be casted on the new tv show Legendary on HBOMAX. Along with his four teammates that was on the show with him, he helped his house become  the first and only $100K winners in ballroom history.

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My name is Calypso Jete Balmain, I'm a 27 year old trans-woman, drag queen and active member of the West Coast ballroom scene. I perform drag all over SoCal and beyond. I have been in ballroom for about 5 years now starting with face then expanding to performance, realness, and runway. I love giving back to our community, working with kids, and teaching dance. A Lot of my time is invested in mentoring LGBTQIA youth and volunteering for nonprofit organizations. You can also catch me on the new show 'Legendary' now streaming on HBO Max as the $100k House of Balmain.

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I am Legendary Father Mike Mike Of the Iconic House of Escada. I am the California Father  and I have been walking balls for about 14 years now.  I started my ballroom career walking Schoolboy Realness which I am Legend for. While walking schoolboy I dabbled in a few categories such as Athletic Realness, Realness with a Twist, best dressed and All American Runway. I fell in love with Runway and have been walking Runway for about 7-8 years now. Winning multiple Grand Prizes. I love Ballroom. It’s a great place to be creative, to  be yourself and not to mention the numerous opportunities you can embark on

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Hi! I’m Jaylen Balmain. I’ve been walking balls for about five years now. I walk All American Runway and Realness With a Twist. I love the family aspect and competition of ballroom. It allows me the space to creatively express myself and to be me unapologetically.

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Rigo has been in the ballroom scene for 3 three years. He is grateful for the scene that has taught him to own his power by expressing his femininity. He has learned to use this confidence back in the real world. His category is Vogue Femme.

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Rosie Blosser is a performer based in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Theater Performance from Oklahoma City University. After working in the business world for 4 years post college, she soon realized that she wanted to pursue the arts at a higher level. Rosie moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and completed the Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program, a 10-month intensive dance training program. It was there that she took her first voguing class and would fall in love with ballroom culture. Rosie started training in voguing and would go on to walk balls in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Italy and more. She is a member of the Iconic House of Ninja in LA and walks the Face Category. When she is not out serving it on the runway, Rosie owns and operates a small restaurant in Burbank, CA.

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Pink Escada is the LA Prince of the Iconic House of Escada. Originally from Mississippi, but now living in Los Angeles he is known for walking Butch Queen Vogue Femme. Pink has been a part of the ballroom scene for four years, but has always been dancing since a young age. In December 2019, Pink took the Grand Prize for Dramatic Performance at the Ovahness 14: Studio 54 Ball in LA. His love for ballroom drives him to compete at ball functions around the country. 

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Rylee Locker is a dance artist and educator based out of Philadelphia, PA and Phoenix, AZ. 

Her movement is mainly informed by contemporary movement and Voguing. Her work includes: creating dance visuals, curating community events, performing, and competing in Ballroom functions across the country. Rylee graduated from Arizona State University, receiving her BFA in Dance Education. As an educator, she has taught as resident and guest faculty for dance studios, dance companies, and National and Regional conferences.  Rylee’s latest focus has been on the Kiki House of Paragon, which she founded earlier this year in April.

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CAYA 2020
Oct 24, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Gisolo Theatre,
116 E Orange st, Tempe Arizona 85281
Disco Ball

VOGUE WORKSHOP | ENYCE SMITH

OCTOBER 21, 2020 - Kiki Paragon Vogue Series

TIME: 7-8 MST

Kick off CAYA week by taking class with Legendary Enyce Smith! Register by link.

SOUL CLAPS | IN THE SANCTUARY

OCTOBER 28, 2020 - Facebook Live

TIME: 10A PST

Join DJ Scholar, Lynnée Denise, and Dr. Marlon Bailey as they explore questions of DJ culture, the ballroom dance scene in Detroit, and queer cultural production as a survival strategy in Black communities. Politics of liberating in Black queer music and dance of 80s, 90s, 2000s.

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