Ballroom in Focus

Explore the origin story, the artform, and community that revolutionized American culture

In association with

Ballroom Throwbacks/Destination Tomorrow

Ballroom is a liberation story

A space for Black, Brown queer and trans joy, creativity, and radical self-expression

What is Ballroom Culture?

Discover the artform and community that started an underground revolution

Preserving the past to honor the future

Introducing a first-of-its-kind contemporary archive on Ballroom history

New York City: Birthplace of Ballroom

Ballroom is global, but its roots are in NYC

Centering Black and Brown Trans Women

Meet the remarkable pioneers who established Ball culture and house structures

Learn from the Founding Mothers

"I have a right to show my color, darling. I am beautiful, and I know I'm beautiful" - Crystal Labeija

🔊 Listen to interviews with the icons

Hear stories and memories from the 70s to today

Meet the Godfather of Vogue

Meet Willi Ninja, the innovator of vogue and founder of the House of Ninja

Best Ballroom moments

From throwback fashion to must-see moments