“My name is Grey Mizrahi. I grew up in Baltimore City, Park Heights Avenue. I’m classically trained in dance, actually, like, ballet, tap, jazz, and I danced as a kid, so I can, like, pick up just about any dance.
[Vogue] is adaptation, like, for everyone. It’s not like something I can be like have a book: “How to Vogue.” No. No one teaches you anything. You pick it up. You adapt it. You kind of, like, soak it in. You have to look at people. Okay, this bitch is getting through; what is she doing that I’m not? So you look at her, first one who’s got their 10’s. And then you get that mental note, and you come back and you try to do a little something like that, but you put your own little twist on it, and then like, okay, we live for that. You get through. Yes, 10’s. And that’s the process of it all.
[Ballroom] gives you opportunities to express yourself artistically…. it gives you opportunities to push the boundaries of who you are. What you can do physically, what your mind can do mentally, it pushes you to a place of, like—’how did I just do that?’ Because I’ve seen people literally have broken legs and still be voguing down, and then after everything’s done they’re like, ‘Girl, you gotta take me to the hospital; I think I just broke something.’ It pushes you. It takes you somewhere past where you think you could go.
There’s more to a house than just competing at balls. It’s like a sense of a family, like a sense of a belonging somewhere in a way. ‘Cause I know for me personally I always lived with my mom and I always, you know, had places to go, but I know people who didn’t have anywhere to go and fell on hard times. And people in certain houses would reach out to them and help them and help them with their transitions and stuff like that. So it’s way more to a house than just voguing or runway. It’s way more to it. It’s very deep.
When the girls come in here and they see [the Peabody Library] all the way high up like that, it’s gonna give inspiration and it’s inspired by books and history and…yes, very Edwardian, very gothic. So it’s gonna be ovah….This is a grand scale. Ballroom is a grand scale. Ballroom is a lot to see. Like the looks is very over the top and the dance itself is very over the top and walking runway is very over the top. So this place is big. So it’s deserving of ballroom. Ballroom is deserving of it.”