“Supongo que es la magia que todos tienen.”
Episode two “Let the Beat Drop” of The Category Is… Mexico City serves testimonials from Pony, Alexis, Overkill, and Mother Mendoza. House of Mamis members talk about the body’s exploration, potential, and reconstruction. Voguing is a creative dance style that opposes limitations.
For instance, voguer Alexis mentions his dance background and the rigid rules around gender that boxed his creativity into a forced idea of masculinity. Voguing tears boundaries, even to the point where voguers perform where they please: dance studios, houses, porches, clubs, and streets. Shots of voguers performing on a cement platform gives the perception of a stage because of the audience’s enthusiasm.
Stylistically, “Let the Beat Drop” stands out when the editors seamlessly repeat shots of dance moves to enhance the patterns of voguing. The dancers are impressive all on their own, and yet, the camera edits step further into the illusion of beauty and sexiness that each body movement creates.
One of my favorite scenes is watching House of Mamis members chant the “Ha Dance” to vogue for one another, emphasizing early ballroom influences into their own ball aesthetic.
“Let the Beat Drop” reiterates the magic of community and the ability to reach the highest potential of one’s creativity when support is consistently present.