Rio’s Runway, Reimagined: Transmasc and Nonbinary Performers Expand Brazil’s Ballroom Scene

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04/11/2024

“Ballroom changes lives, you know? It’s inevitable,” said Maru Camargo, who joined Rio de Janeiro’s Ballroom scene about a year ago after moving from the countryside. If you have been to a party in Rio, you may know the outfits, the dancing, the music, the volume. If you have been to a Ball anywhere, you may know the profound moment of convergence when the whole crowd cheers, slams their arms down as a performer confidently hits the floor, only to rise back up again on the next beat. Ballroom in Brazil: You can imagine the energy.

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