WILLI NINJA - (Godfather of Vogue)

 

American dancer and choreographer best known for his appearance in the documentary film "Paris is Burning".

Willi Ninja, known as the Godfather of voguing, was a legendary fixture of ball culture New York's drag balls who took inspiration from sources as far-flung as Fred Astaire and the world of haute couture to develop a unique style of dance and movement. He caught the attention of "Paris is Burning" director Jennie Livingston, who featured Ninja prominently in the film. The film, a critical and box office success, served as a springboard for Ninja. He parlayed his appearance into performances with a number of dance troupes and choreography gigs. His style served as an inspiration to Madonna, who immortalized it in her 1990 hit song and music video "Vogue." He also starred in the earlier music video for Malcolm McLaren's "Deep in Vogue". READ MORE

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