Vogue Dance, Flow, and a New Dimension for Performance Psychology

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Flow is a cognitive state that involves 2 processes: focus and enjoyment. A majority of the research on flow discusses popular sports and athletic experiences with some discussion in occupational and recreational settings. Missing from the flow literature are cultural experiences of flow and its connection to spirituality, creativity, and performance. This research is particularly missing among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and gender-nonconforming racial minorities. One area in need of more conversation is applying flow theory to the competitive aspect of house and ballroom performance, namely vogue. Vogue is a dance form created by the house and ballroom community. The purpose of this article was to provide an overview of the house and ball culture; the historical underpinnings of this subculture; and its significance to Black and Brown lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and gender-nonconforming youth and adults. The authors conclude with a discussion on the intersection of flow experiences, meaning in life, the healing and liberating effects of a house and ball culture, and vogue performance.

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