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Glamorous gay dance scene a 'family affair'

Voguing, drag queens and strutting on the runway — they're all part of a vibrant dance scene in the gay community where performers battle it out in competitions known as "balls."
/ Source: msnbc.com

Voguing, drag queens and strutting on the runway — they're all part of a vibrant dance scene in the gay community where performers battle it out in competitions known as "balls." Participants perform in categories ranging from prettiest face to most bizarre costume.

This national scene, which traces its roots to the Harlem Renaissance, isn't just about what happens on the dance floor. Competitors are part of teams, known as "houses," and these groups provide family-like support for many of the performers.

The Latex Ball, held in New York City every year, is considered the Academy Awards for this community. Check it out by clicking on the video and slideshow.