2nd Annual Ballroom Symposium

$2,386 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 46 months
The Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network presents the Second Annual Ballroom Symposium! This event is designed to unite NYC LGBTQ communities of color in an effort to highlight the collective talents of the city's house and ball community via fashion, art and dialogue. This year’s theme is reclaiming the narrative; In the face of structural oppression, increasing visibility of state-sanctioned violence and police brutality, erasure and growing health disparities, how do we ensure that our life stories and histories are truly our own?

House and Ball community (i.e. ballroom scene) within the United States is a national subculture comprised of Black and Latino/a LGBTQ youth and adults. Evolving from Harlem drag balls throughout the Harlem Renaissance (1930’s), ballroom  provides a platform which celebrates all forms of gender and sexual expression. Ballroom is organized into two categories: houses and balls. Houses are run by mothers and fathers who recruit and groom children to compete in balls. Balls are extravagant, competitive social events held by ballroom scene participants. During balls, houses compete for social status, trophies, and cash. The ballroom scene provides many Black and Latino/a youth and adults with a chosen kinship structure through which vital resources are obtained.

YOUR donation is needed to ensure that the event is a success! All donations will cover costs associated with hosting the event.

As a token of our appreciation, with your permission, all donators will be listed in the program guide. Find out more below!

Location: The New School

Date: October 2016 (Halloween Weekend)

Saturday, October 30: 2nd Annual Ballroom Symposium 

Sunday, October 31: The FREEDOM Ball: Keeping The Ki Alive Part 2
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Thanks to your continued support and donations, we have officially SURPASSED our funding goal of $1,400!

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The official NYC Ballroom Symposium 2015 website is up and running! More details and registration details can be found at www.nycballroomsymposium.com
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The official #BallroomSymposium2015 website is almost up and running! We have raised 25% of our $1,400 goal! Remember to donate, like, and share!


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$2,386 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 46 months
Created June 4, 2015
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30 months ago
Sean Arayasirikul
30 months ago

come on KBCAN! <3 <3 <3 #oneballroom #Infinitipower

44 months ago
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Theresa Navalta
44 months ago

Hi Martez! You are amazing & I'm sure this event will be a great success with your leadership! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Miss ya!

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