To watch Marquis Clanton vogue is to witness a force of nature. Dramatic, glamorous, and high energy, he moves with sharp and tight technical precision. His performances are theatrical, costumes vibrant, and choreography unmatched.
An international vogue dancer, choreographer, and icon in the famed House of Revlon, the East Baltimore native travels frequently to perform and judge ballroom at home and abroad. The House of Revlon—in which Marquis is a “father” and hall-of-famer—arrived in Baltimore in the early ’90s, and Marquis joined in 1998. The house has chapters throughout the US and in other countries, with more than 200 members.
Marquis came to voguing as a member of the New Edition Community Marching Band under the leadership of the director, Ms. Anna Hart. He got into the ballroom scene and the House of Revlon through his friends and peers. One day after band rehearsal, they went to Club Bunns, a downtown gay bar that closed at the end of 2019. “Bunns was an iconic club that just highlighted the safe space for us to be outsiders,” Marquis says. “Voguing was something I’d never seen. It was an expression I knew nothing about. It was a feeling, it showed how happy everyone was doing it, and I just wanted to learn.”