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Issue:- Thursday, 13 October 2016

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Judges' are revealed for the annual Vogue Ball

WITH just days to go until the annual Vogue Ball takes place, House of Suarez is delighted to announce the full panel of judges presiding over the hopefuls all battling out for vogueing supremacy this year!

The multi award winning Vogue Ball is a dance event like no other in the UK; where club culture meets high art and Vogue teams (known as 'houses') come together from far and wide to compete for dance supremacy.

Each year, The Vogue Ball judging panel puts the contestants through their paces and takes no prisoners as their expectations are set as high as Liverpool's skyscrapers.

1 of the original 1980's 'Voguers' on the Liverpool club scene, Dean Murphy will be joined on the judging panel, by 1 of New York's most celebrated 'Voguers,' Aviance Milan and The Vivienne (RuPaul's UK Drag Race Ambassador).

For the 1st time ever, the Vogue Ball judges will actually perform and will be showing off their skills on the runway with their interpretation of the theme 'iconic.'

The multi award winning event will take place this Saturday, 15 October 2016, in Liverpool's coolest new arts and performance space; the 'Invisible Wind Factory!'

As House of Suarez celebrates its 10th birthday this year, the theme of the ball for 2016 is Iconic and so, Darren Suarez, artistic director, has been busy creating a truly iconic opening number entitled The Legacy celebrating the company's 10 year journey reflecting on the successful decade with reference to all the iconic people and places which have influenced the company along the way.

The event will be hosted by the one and only Rikki Beadle Blair (actor, director, musician and Gay Rights Ambassador) who is getting very excited about the event. Rikki said:- "The Vogue ball is the highlight of my year. Both as a performer and a fan. The music, the dance, I can never wait to see what the performers will do or wear! Liverpool knows how to party with depth, creativity and soul! And I've just been awarded an MBE, so I am ready to CELEBRATE! I love the way that Scousers; both performers and audience; seize the opportunity to seize their moment and become human fireworks."

Rikki revealed that he has interpreted this year's theme 'iconic' by channelling divas… "Diana Ross, David Bowie, Prince, Amy Winehouse. You get the idea. Glamour, androgyny, edgy imagery. Energy, energy, energy!"

1 of the highlights so the Vogue Ball is the array of stunning, ingenious and downright outrageous costumes worn by the voguers. New for 2016, Rare School of Fashion are sponsoring the Iconic Ball and will be designing the host, Rikki's outfit. So Rikki commented that:- "I don't usually wear much more than a ton of glitter. But for this extra special game raising 'Iconic' ball, the Rare Fashion School are designing at least one special opening costume for me and, from what I can see, it is STUNNING!"

Meanwhile, Darren Suarez' opening piece will be brought to life through an amazing costume designed by Gordon Webber.

The Vogue Ball is the dance event to end all other dance events, giving Voguers the ultimate evening of all things fierce and fabulous.

From its inception in 2010, The Vogue Ball, has evolved from a cult underground event to an international sell out sensation. House of Suarez is honoured to have achieved legendary status as one of the biggest Vogue Balls in the country and one of the highlights of the cultural calendar.

Sashaying into its new home for 2016, House of Suarez will transform the Invisible Wind Factory with an even bigger catwalk for 2016. The 50 foot long runway will be reminiscent of 1970's and 1980's New York (the home of the Vogue dance style) at its most glamorous.

This year there will be 13 Houses competing for dance victory including The House of LIPA, House of Suarez, House of Cards, House of Decay, House of W, House of Horrors, House of Bittersweet, House of Lisbon, House of Masquerade, House of Iconic, House of Rare, House of Twisted Stitches and House of Ghetto. 

The Vogue Ball has become a hot ticket amongst Liverpool dance fans, clubbers and fashionistas. The after show party will continue at the Invisible Wind Factory. So strike a pose, there's nothing to it, book your tickets for the Iconic Ball 2016!

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