Local dancer, producer and grassroots advocate Antonio Padron will host an official Gulf Coast Ballroom Competition on Saturday November 19 at Brick at Blue Star. Padron is most popularly known for appearing as Akasha Luxe on HBO’s Legendary Season 2 and can be found DJing official ballroom events across Texas. The Elder Ball is an event that will attract competitors and houses from Dallas, Houston, Austin and beyond and will mark a turning point for the city to host more consistent events and dance workshops.
“Ballroom for me is an outlet for expression.I have been DJing for a couple years now and the events have been great and inspired me to materialize my own vision for a Ball. I want to bring it to San Antonio because I want to offer something new and fresh and give people the opportunity to compete and network.”
In support of the event, vogue dance workshops will be presented at the Jewel of Art Dance Studio on Fredericksburg road from 2pm to 5pm on the same day. Native San Antonian, Karma Stylez will be visiting from New York City to teach a vogue dance class that will focus on old way techniques at 4pm. Local dancer and Vogenomics dance class Instructor, Juan Garcia will teach a vogue dance class that will focus on the J setting dance style at 3pm. Akasha will teach a vogue dance class at 2pm that will blend some hip hop movements with their signature style.
Ballroom culture originates from the east coast in the 1970s and has gained popularity across the world within the past decade. Ballroom competitions consist of several performance categories like Runway, Face, Realness, Bizarre and House Production. Houses are established groups that traditionally have a mother and father who mentor up and coming kids who compete in Balls. “Kiki” houses have been established in all major texas cities, which are more casual and adhere to less rules and regulations from the larger Ballroom scene.
Akasha is officially in the House of Luxe and also a part of the KiKi House of Juicy Couture chapter based out of Dallas.
The doors open at 8pm and competitions begin at 9pm. More than $2,000 dollars will be given out in cash prizes at the event. Individual spectators are welcome and participants can visit eventbrite for category details.
VIP Table (seats up to 4) $125.00
VIP Couch (seats up to 4) $125.00
VIP Couples Table (Seats 2) $75.00