Logo Documentary Follows The Lives Of Seven Dancers On Madonna’s “Blond Ambition” Tour
Their dance moves created an international craze that is still just as big as it was a generation ago.
But next month, seven male dancers who vogued their way into American consciousness in Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” documentary will share their stories from their heyday through today.
“It was one of the best experiences of my life,” said Oliver Crumes III, who was 19-years-old when he joined Madonna’s “Blonde Ambition” tour. “She was very professional. She was fun to work with. You could tell she knew what she wanted. She’s a creative genius, like Prince or Michael Jackson.”
And when it came to voguing, Crumes said he never thought the dance would still be popular 25 years later.
“As far as voguing, I didn’t know it would be this big to this day,” he said. The first thing you do is strike a pose, and it could be any house song.”
Crumes, who now runs a music academy with his wife in Las Vegas, said his best memory from the tour was a daytime show at London’s Wembley stadium in front of nearly 200,000 people.
“We come out on the show dressed as working men, and when they stayed the music, our heads were down. We all kind of paused and looked up. I know for me, I was in shock throughout the whole number…It was mind blowing.”
Crumes is one of seven dancers whose stories are featured in “Strike A Pose,” which airs April 6 on Logo and will be released April 9 on Netflix.
Another dancer, Carlton Wilborn, said that all of the performers had been offered deals to share their stories before, but they went with this documentary because the directors promised to “honor our voice.”
“It’s been a tricky thing since when we did the gig back in the 90s,” Wilborn explained. “We’ve all been sensitive about it. They wanted to create something that would honor our voice. That was the twist on it. It wasn’t going to be us just talking about her, or the scandal or the controversy.”
The life coach and actor said he remembered Mandonna treating all of the performers well: they always flew private, each dancer had their own suite wherever they stayed and had mandatory riders before every show.
“That’s just a once in a lifetime experience,” Wilborn, who now works as a life coach, told us from L.A. “So to me, the takeaway (from Strike A Pose) is hope. Stay in a space of hope, because it ain’t over till it’s over and you don’t know what glory God is in the works of.”