S3 E20: The Street Dance of China & Legendary: Celebration and Subversion


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In this episode, Diaodiao and Afra talk about their latest obsessions — dance competitions!

We are talking about Youku’s electrifying reality dance show "The Street Dance of China", and HBO Max's vogue ballroom dance competition "Legendary" with a special guest: Bazi, who is the father of House of Kawakubo, the first vogue ballroom family in China.

Bazi talks us through the dance genre known as voguing and why it's as much of a community as an art form. We compare the representations of female and LGBT dancers on the two shows, unpack our own experiences in the dance community, and explain why both of the shows celebrate a subversive culture but fail to be subversive themselves.

If you haven't watched either of the shows, don't worry, you can still enjoy this episode!

"Street Dance of China" Season 3 aired on July 18, 2020 and very soon became one of the most popular reality shows in post-pandemic China. The show features four celebrities who are known as "Captains." The captains pick their own team from a group of insanely talented dancers and battle the other teams for the final championship.

"Legendary" brings together eight ballroom houses to compete for a cash prize of $100,000. The show refuses to handhold its audience through the rich traditions, history and terminology of ballroom culture.

Street Dance of China Season 3 is on the air, why is it still popular?

HBO Max’s Legendary gives the ballroom community a deliriously fun twirl into the spotlight

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