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The Femme Queendom Ball

The Femme Queendom Ball

zondag 30 juni

In Paradiso

Doors: 14:00, Doors close: 02:00, Main programme: 15:30

Including day membership

MOTHER NAIMAH ELLE welcomes you to the Femme Queendom, where all Fem Queens reign supreme. A night dedicated to Fem Queen Excellence!

Balls are competitions where individuals and houses unite to compete in categories across fashion, beauty, realness and performances for prizes. More information about the categories, judges and the history of the house ballroom scene can be found below.

Categories

Fashion & Beauty
Beginners Runway OTA
Runway OTA
Best Dressed
Designer Delight
Bizaar
FF Fac
MF Face
NB Face

Realness

FF Realness
MF Realness

Body & Sex Siren
Body OTA
Sex Siren OTA

Performance

RWT
Sexy Performance OTA
Beginners Performance OTA
Old Way On Classic Beats
New Way OTA
BQ Vogue Femme
Drags Performance
FQ Performance
Hand Performance With A Prop

Music & Com

Beat Freaks
Com vs Com
Lipsync Performance

Judges

Leiomy Mugler
Diva Ivy Balenciaga
Paris West
Barbie Makaveli
Meeka AlphaOmega

History of House I Ballroom

The House ballroom scene began in the early twentieth century with the rise of "faerie balls" and cross-dressing pageants during the Harlem Renaissance. Its modern form was established in 1968 as a response to racism within New York’s LGBT community. Crystal LaBeija, a prominent figure in the city’s crossdressing competitions and pageants, publicly broke away from the predominantly white gay male scene that year. She founded a separate ballroom circuit welcoming black and Latino gay men, lesbians, and transgender individuals.

The following year, Crystal established the House of LaBeija, which consisted of black and Latino performers participating in cross-dressing events. Throughout the 1970s, additional houses started to emerge, many of which were named after famous transgender women in the ballroom scene. Examples of these houses are the House of Pendavis, the House of Dupree and the House of LaWong.

In 1973, the first Butch Queen (BQ), Erosion Christian, made their debut at a ball, showcasing their Face category. This paved the way for other BQs like David Padilla and Junior LaBeija to start participating. By 1976, the formation of more Brooklyn houses started when RR Chanel founded the House of Chanel. Then, in 1978, Larry and Richard established The House of Ebony. David and Angie established the House of Extravaganza in 1982, which played a pivotal role in welcoming more Latinos into the Ballroom scene. Then, in 1986, Eric Christian Bazaar moved to DC and, alongside Lowell, founded the House of Khan, marking the first migration of a House and Ball outside of NYC. In 1989, Michael Gaskins hosted the first ball in Philadelphia, known as The Onyx Ball. By 1990, the Ballroom culture had extended its reach to Baltimore.

In the mid to late 90s, the Ballroom scene experienced a significant rise in popularity. It expanded beyond its traditional hubs, with notable growth in cities like Hartford, Boston, North Carolina, Atlanta, and the Midwest. Additionally, cities like Los Angeles and Miami became lively centres for Ballroom culture.

As the 2000s progressed, this explosion continued, with even more cities in the Midwest joining the scene and international growth in places like Paris, Toronto, and beyond. Today, the Ballroom scene has a presence in nearly every majority-black city in the US, with overseas growth booming in countries like Russia, Mexico, Hungary, Brazil, Germany, and others.

How to get to Paradiso

Paradiso is on the Weteringschans 6-8 in Amsterdam. That is very close to Leidseplein. From every part of the city there are trams heading towards Leidseplein. From there on out you can walk to Paradiso. Free and secured underground bike parking is available on the opposite side of Paradiso. Travelling by car is difficult, since there are only a few busy parking lots nearby. 

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