Despite our soft spot for the unconscious campiness of Eurovision, we had no interest in America’s broadcast talent shows. That is, until we caught Vogue Evolution on America’s Best Dance Crew -- a group of gay boys from NYC led by an exceptionally limber transgender woman. We suddenly understood why people root for athletic teams. At the same time, ballroom-dance champion William DeVries was putting the judges of So You Think You Can Dance to shame for scoffing at same-sex competitors. It was kind of great. But we couldn’t help thinking it would be really great if the Fresh Meat Festival were aired on MTV. This transgender and queer performance festival is produced by Sean Dorsey, a modern-dance choreographer with two Isadora Duncan Awards and a place in Dance Magazine’s top “25 to Watch.” For 10 years, Dorsey has presented sensational performers, and he does it again this year as members of Vogue Nation team up the Glee Project’s Emily Vasquez (we can only hope she is coming as Chacha). He also deals in the truly artful (if you haven’t seen Dorsey’s dance company or witnessed the subtle grace of trapeze artist Cohdi Harrell, you’re in for a treat). There's also the unexpected -- taiko drumming, anyone? This year’s cavalcade of talent also includes Leave It On the Floor superstar Miss Barbie-Q and William DeVries with Kumu Keali’i.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: June 15. Continues through June 17, 2012