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Vogue Night at Neighbours Underground

by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

'A hidden gem on Capitol Hill.' That's the way a patron dressed in black describes Vogue Night, an '80s, new wave, goth, and industrial night of dance at Neighbours Underground. The party is authentic, fashionable, and very sexy.

Although listed as a 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. party, the dance floor didn't fill up until 11 p.m., but once it did it was hard to label who was who, because this largely polyamorous crowd was full of passion for the night itself, the dance, the music, and everyone there. It's safe to say that no one felt out of place. Although Vogue calls a Gay club home, it is not exclusive - everyone is welcome. According to the party's promoters, there is a 50/50 ratio of Gay and straight clientele.

The style of dance is slow, yet sensuous, and filled with a certain fluidity in movement that was uncanny in its simplicity of style. Sitting at the bar to take in the dancing is an experience in itself. It's clear the crowd that frequents Vogue Saturdays knows how to dance to their music. But don't worry if you're not familiar with the proper moves; you'll have Vogue's scantily clad go-go dancer Quynbi demonstrate for you. Perched atop a dance pedestal, she moved in symmetry with the music throughout the night.

The DJs spin electronic body music, or EBM. They do it with the same level of fluidity and style as the dancers. So what's played most often? Depeche Mode, Covenant, New Order, and Wolfsheim, according to DJ Chance, a Vogue regular who also spins artists like The Faint, Placebo, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, and Peaches. At one point, a set of Gay '80s dance favorites was played. The three main DJs, who've worked together for a number of years, effectively create a good dance party.

As for dress, black seems to be the key. Opaque corsets, jackets, vests, boots and leather were in abundance. Black dresses were modeled by some of the ladies; even a few of men showed up in their best dark cocktail gown. One thing's for sure: if you care to don your black pants and dance shirtless, you won't be the only one.

Vogue is a Seattle tradition. It quickly became evident that the people who go to Vogue at Neighbours truly wanted to be there. The truth was written on their faces; they'd been waiting all week for it.

According to Roxy Doll, the main promoter, Vogue Night is an ongoing celebration that got its start over a decade ago. Although the venue changed to Neighbours a year ago, the party remains the same.

"Since its inception, it's still a lot of the same people coming out on the same night," added DJ Chance.

The crowd topped 150 people with a 25- to 35-year-old demographic. Roxy says that as the weather gets warmer, the crowd will get younger and come out later. Needless to say, summer is hot at Vogue Night. Patrons frequently move back and forth between The Mercury and Cuff Complex, so you never know whom you might run into on the dance floor.

Vogue Night at Neighbours Underground is a 21-and-older party. The drinks are modestly priced and the cover is $6. You'll get a $1 discount if you bring a can of food, which Roxy and company donate to Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Beginning at 11 p.m. until closing time, you can have your fortune told by an on-hand Tarot card reader. For more information visit the groups Myspace, Facebook, and Livejournal. On July 25, Roxy and Vogue will celebrate their two-year anniversary at Neighbours with a party that you won't want to miss.

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