I’ll be real with myself–I’m a pretty quiet and understated person. You would find me at the library, at class, and in my dorm. Not at a drag show. Honestly, I didn’t know what to think when I first bought the ticket forshow. The only taste of drag queens that I had before was from the one season of RuPaul’s Drag Race that I watched a year ago. I was ready to be underwhelmed. But instead, I was shook to the core.
I arrived in the room, and was met with a group of gorgeous drag queens who were confident to the T. The actual show was performed by professionals from D.C., including the wonderfully hilarious hostess, Stormy Vane. The two-and-a-half hour show was filled with the sass and glamour of professionals such as Tasha Vane and Erin Dane. What probably shocked me the most was the power performances of two of SU’s own students, as well as the performance of Miss Pinwheel, AN ACTUAL PROFESSOR ON CAMPUS. Oh, and the dance moves. I didn’t know how much I couldn’t dance or better yet walk in heels until I saw these girls do it better than Elsa ever did.
The lovely Erin Dane, at your service.
Frankly, this experience is beyond enlightening. All of the girls received standing ovations, and they were even asked to come back and perform once a month, if possible. To see these girls put on the show that they did and perform so effortlessly has given me a new perspective about what it means to be confident in your own skin. While I could never do what they do, I’m certainly open to learning more about the drag queens, and maybe binge-watching a few seasons of RuPaul’s in the process. In the meantime, I guess I’ll just have to wait for Stormy Vane to come back around, because after that night, you know there’s going to be an encore soon.