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Vogue, the dance, became a mainstream phenomenon in 1990 when pop star Madonna released the single “Vogue” from her album I'm Breathless and featured the dance in her music video for the single. The dance utilizes model-like photo poses and angular, linear movements of the limbs. The history of the dance goes back at least two decades earlier when the dance started to appear in New York City underground clubs. House clubs such as the House of Royals, House of Mizrahi, House of LaPerla, and many others around the country in the 1970s and 1980s featured the underground dance.

In Vogue, the performer performs one of two distinct styles: Old Way (pre-1990) and New Way (post-1990). In the Old Way style, the performance is characterized by the formation of lines, symmetry, and precision in the execution of the formations and graceful, fluid motions. In contrast, the New Way utilizes more rigid, geometric patterns of movement with limb contortions and sleight of hand/wrist illusions. The New Way has been called a modified version of pantomime as imaginary objects, such as boxes, have been introduced into the dance. The dancers utilize these imaginary objects in their movements as they gain respect for their style. For example, a dancer might create an imaginary television set box around their head and then utilize facial expressions to the beat of the music inside that box.

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