One of the fiercest voguers out in the UK right now, I interviewed David Magnifique for the FACT Mag history of UK voguing piece I wrote earlier this year. I said I would publish his questions in full, so here they are, to kick things of as part one in a series of interviews with some of London's top upcoming children.Consider this an introduction to Vogue London:
How did you discover voguing?
I always knew about the dance form Voguing, I have to admit that
my first encounter of this dance style was through Madonna's music
video "Vogue". But due to family religious values I was forbidden to
have anything to do with
the dance style so it then became something of a faded memory or even
part of my subconscious, but growing up there was always some kind of
reference/gesture made to it because of my feminine mannerisms or my
fierce fashion sense. It was not until early 2011
I was introduced to the London dance scene by a friend that I came
across Vogue dancing again, this time in the flesh; at least I thought
what I witnessed was voguing (by this time I was out of the closet and
proud). I began asking for training sessions and
I was told that the dance style I was learning was called Waacking, I
had no clue that there was a difference and felt a little embarrassed.
From then I decided to research the dance style, its history and
culture, i immediately realised that Waacking was
definitely not for me and that Voguing had my name all over it; it came
so natural to me. I noticed that there was little to none of vogue
dancers whenever I went out to clubs, dance nights, even vogue nights so
I knew for sure that I wanted to be at my best
and known for being a legit voguer wherever I went. I studied and
trained hard almost 24/7. I have been voguing since April 2011.
Who have you learned under? Are there many other people voguing in London?
With regards to my learning and training I have not really been
under anyone. My learning and training came from studying videos on
YouTube, reading material, contacting and chatting to several Iconic,
Legendary voguers such as
Muhammad Omni, Dashaun Lanvin and my House Mother Princess Magnifique
Royalty for guidance and background history. When studying videos I
made it a priority to study the original children from the 80's-90's,
because I wanted to show and reflect the original
art form and vocabulary of the dance style. There is not many of us in
the London scene that truly vogue down, but of what I do know there is
only a handful of us maybe 6-8 being male and female.
What are your favourite clubs to vogue at?
One of my favourite clubs to vogue down a is called Madame JoJo's
in Piccadilly, Soho. This club has always felt like a second home to me,
this was in fact the club I first got a chance to vogue. My second
favourite is a club called Birthdays, but only
because a night called House Of Trax is held there almost every month
and they play an amazing selection of vogue tracks and hold Vogue
Nights, of course I get down like crazy to. A big thank you to the
organiser of the club night Matthew Thomas. But then
again, whatever club you see me in you will find me voguing down to the
ground getting my life!
What are your thoughts, if any, on the UK vogue scene?
To be honest it is
rather small and scattered. But a few of us in London try
to keep in contact with each other and keep each other in the loop and
even train together. If ever the Vogue Scene
in the UK/London was to take off and spread like wildfire butter I
would like to hope and think that I have a huge influence and part to
play in it and take my House [Legendary, Royal House Of Magnifique] and its name far, because to me voguing is not just
a dance style, it is a culture, a community, a lifestyle.