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003: A Lesson in Ballroom History with Derek Ebony

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“That’s how people become legends, by creating moments.” - Derek Ebony

Episode 003 of the Trippin Podcast brings you a true lesson in Voguing and Ballroom Culture. When Trippin's Co-Founder, Sam Blenkinsopp, found himself on the end of the iconic Christopher St Pier in NYC talking to legend, Derek Ebony, he knew he had to grab his phone and start recording.

“I teach history, the community calls me a Ballroom Historian. So if anybody needs to know anything about Ballroom, they always call and contact me. I was taught by the pioneers of the Ballroom scene."

The House of Armani in the late 80's. Derek is second from the left on the top row

In this raw conversation, listen in as Derek gives us a breakdown of Ballroom. Its origins and originators, key cultural moments, the spaces in which the scene has flourished and the many styles that have developed over the decades.

“A lot of people have their definitive moments in Ballroom, where they’ve done something that transcends, that will never, ever be taken away. Anybody can win a trophy, it’s about the moments"

Christopher St Pier in the early 80's
Christopher St Pier in the early 80's
Cesar Valentino and Jerome Pendavis on the Pier in the late 80's
Cesar Valentino and Jerome Pendavis on the Pier in the late 80's

Listen to “A lesson in Ballroom History with Derek Ebony” on the Trippin Podcast wherever you stream your podcasts, whether that be Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Mixcloud.

If you want to learn more about Ballroom then check out some of the key documentaries, music videos and styles Derek mentions over on Trippin’s Movie Night Youtube Playlist.

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