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Meet the Organizer: Timothy Tobias

Timothy Tobias, received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Service from New York City College of Technology in 2011; shortly thereafter he attended Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College where he obtained a Master of Social Work. He didn’t’ stop there, in 2015 to further enhance his clinical skills and knowledge in social work practice, Timothy enrolled in a Doctorate of Social Work program at Capella University. Currently as a DSWc Timothy is infusing his coursework with vulnerable youth/young adults, particularly in the House Ball Community (HBC) to examine and explore innovative and appealing methods linked to engagement efforts heavily invested in overall health and wellness. Moreover, Timothy help to create the Health Outreach To Teens(HOTT) Youth/Young Adult Outreach Wellness Project at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Currently as the project coordinator for the wellness project, Timothy’s responsibilities are aligned with coordinating and facilitating a team of staff members who offers HIV/STI screening and treatment, primary care, PEP/PrEP treatment information, risk reduction and supportive counseling services to youth/young adults in the HBC.

He is known in the HBC as TimPrincess-Lanvin, an influential long participating member and world renowned voguer. Through his outreach efforts as a project coordinator he realizes that traditional HIV prevention paradigms along may not often be fruitful in engaging youth/young adults in the HBC. In response, Tim decided to develop framework enabling a strong connection between the Youth/Young Adult Wellness Project and the youth/young adults of the HBC. Subsequently, Tim has been able to successfully use his unique approaches to effectively engage and encourage youth/young adults of the HBC to take a more overall wellness approach in accessing health care services. He also uses his ballroom affiliation as a platform by creating more culturally sensitive and affirming artistic intervention. For example, Tim along with Martez Smith combine their love for vogue, and role as social workers by developing an appealing intervention called Elements of Vogue Experience. Elements of Vogue Experience is an artistic six session-multidimensional intervention that uses the power and strength within the six elements of vogue as a therapeutic tool to help address commonly known life struggles among youth/young adults in HBC. This intervention’s ultimate goal is aimed at improving the quality of life while adding meaning to the lives of youth/young adults of ballroom.

The FREEDOM Ball: Keeping The Ki Alive Part 2




Just over a year ago, August 2015, we held the first ever Ballroom Symposium, entitled "Keeping The Community Alive." This year, in following tradition we are hosting an even BIGGER and BETTER event! The 2016 FREEDOM Ball is focused on raising awareness to the history and resilience of Black and Brown people all over the world. And more importantly, focusing on how we manage to survive and thrive, despite social injustices. On October 30, 2016, the Kiki Scene will show the world how we Reclaim the Narrative - how we tell OUR OWN stories... ON THE FLOOR!




School Girl and School Boy: Bring it ready to shake the room with a protest sign

Pretty Boy: Tonight we want you exude what it means to be pretty. The judges want to see you in the name of the ICON Prince's look to push the norms of gender expression.

Executive (MF vs FF): Black Wall Street

BQID: It is the year 2020 and you are the first woman of color to be elected President of the United States. Show us just how presidential you are with your attire and looks tonight.

Fem Queen: Bangy Cunt VS Neo Soul Nubian Goddess




Part I: Formation VS Rhythm Nation

Both Janet Jackson and Beyoncé have brought awareness to social injustice into the mainstream. Tonight, earn your spot to compete as a house with a tribute to Formation and/or Rhythm Nation movements. This should include unified movement in your choreography and a message of justice and liberation. Your production will be scored by the judges on a scale from 1 - 10 for each section on the score sheet (which will be released prior to the ball). The 2 houses with the highest scores will battle for grand prize.

Part II: A Family Affair

Each house will enter 7 people from their production to enter the battle zone. The 7 must have played a dancing role in the production in order to battle.




Did you know that 3 Black queer women founded the Black Lives Matter movement? Tonight, we pay homage to the Black women that have nurtured and cared for our community. In a team of three (3) bring it in one of our most popular freedom movements. The Black Panthers.


The Maasai is a tribe located in the country of Kenya. They are known for their longstanding culture and unique dress style. Show us just how beautiful Black and Brown skin really is. Serve carta in the name of the Maasai Warriors.



Show us how you’re #ReclaimingTheNarrative by giving us a Chant for Freedom



It’s a warzone in these streets and Black and Brown bodies are on the frontline. Bring it in a rogue soldier or militia inspired effect, showing your dedication to fighting oppression.



We’re taking it back to our roots tonight - before we were we colonized. Think tribal: animal pattern, furs, feathers, face/body paint, piercings, hair, embellishments!




2 trophies, 1 grand prize

Tonight is your chance to show the world what it truly means to #ReclaimTheNarrative. Africa is a huge continent with many cultures, traditions, & styles. Bring it in a look of African Royalty. And reclaim the narrative of Black Kings and Queens.


Information regarding tables will be released shortly.