Kiki Ball to bring ball culture to Elon on April 23

The Kiki Ball is a collaboration between the GLC and CREDE to bring ball culture to Elon University.

The Gender and LGBTQIA Center (GLC) and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE) present the Kiki Ball. The event will take place this Friday, April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Phoenix Activities and Recreation Center (PARC). The PARC is located in the Danieley Neighborhood.

The Kiki Ball is a result of the collaborative work between Marjae Jackson, graduate apprentice for the CREDE, and Jamie Wire, graduate apprentice for the GLC. Jackson and Wire desired to bring ballroom culture to Elon and have been working over the last academic year to bring this collaborative idea into reality. A ball is an event where participants can compete in multiple events (called categories) for prizes. Balls have existed since the early 20th century. In the 1960s balls were created as a safe space for queer and trans Black and Latinx people who often experienced racism in discrimination within the early balls as well as society at large.

For more information, read Underground Ball Culture.

For more information about the Kiki Ball and ball culture, check out the Gender and LGBTQIA’s Instagram at @ElonGLC.

Registration is now open. For those interested, please RSVP as seating is limited to accommodate COVID protocols and physical distancing measures.