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Saturday, June 16 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Not in My House: Celebrating LGBTQ Identity through Performance

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Vogue is a lifeline for LGBTQ youth at the Ruth Ellis Center. We will explore how dance is integral in shaping the identity of LGBTQ youth in Detroit, providing an in-depth look at the collaboration between the Ruth Ellis Center & Kristi Faulkner Dance. We will preview the documentary about this project & dialogue about the power of storytelling through dance. Participants will learn to perform the elements of vogue & leave as catalysts for dialogue about LGBTQ identity and cathartic expression.

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Kristi Faulkner

Kristi Faulkner Dance
Kristi Faulkner is a choreographer, performer, filmmaker, educator and activist. Based in Detroit, she operates under the philosophy "dare to be different" - creating thought-provoking, visceral experiences that generate meaningful conversation and social exchange. Faulkner creates... Read More →
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Dwayne Cole Jr.

Ruth Ellis Center
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AJ Sims

Anton “AJ” Sims is a Detroit-based performer, activist, and emerging choreographer who specializes in vogue performance. He is an up and coming leader in the ballroom scene known for innovative ‘soft and cunt’ performances that tell a story. Sims has walked in the World Aids Day Ball, OKI Unified Awards Ball, and numerous balls throughout the Midwest. Sims has performed at Dlectricity, the Charles H Wright Museum, Jam Handy, the Allied Media Conference, Motor City Pride, and Hotter Than July. In addition to his own work, Sims has performed with the King of Arms, The Five, the Detroit Pistons Dance Company and Cass Tech Dance Company. Sims was awarded the 2018 Performer of the Year Award at the OKI Awards Ball and the Rising Star Award at the 2015 Detroit Awards Ball. He is a member of the House of Lanvin and serves on the junior board. Sims serves on the peer staff as a youth specialist at the Ruth Ellis Center. He is passionate about working with LGBTQ youth, helping them to grow and succeed. He was recentl, Ruth Ellis Center
Anton "AJ" Sims is a Detroit-based performer, activist, and emerging choreographer who specializes in vogue performance. He is an up and coming leader in the ballroom scene known for innovative ‚Äòsoft and cunt' performances that tell a story. Sims has walked in the World Aids... Read More →
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Brandi Smith

Ruth Ellis Center


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020

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