Twenty five years ago today — that would be March 20, 1990 (where does the time go?) — Madonna‘s greatest single — that would be “Vogue” (duh!) — premiered. The stunningly stylish black-and-white clip for upbeat lead single from her I’m Breathless: Music from and Inspired by the Film Dick Tracy was directed by David Fincher and paid homage to a classic Hollywood photo shoot and premiered a few days later on March 29. Having been inspired by dancers and choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem “House Ball” community, Madonna helped to introduce the “vogueing” dance form to the mainstream. The entertainer traveled the globe later that year with her Blond Ambition tour and allowed it to be recorded for both an HBO concert special and as background for the popular 1991 documentary Truth or Dare. Many of the dancers, including Jose and Salim “Slam” Gauwloos, became heartthrobs to Madonna’s gazillions of gay fans.
The two men, who today both teach dance, recently reunited in Los Angeles and filmed a short video that shows they still have the nimble moves that blew minds a quarter of a century ago.
Update: Dancer Kevin Stea shares his memories of making the video here.
Watch Slam and Jose today and scroll down to see the landmark “Vogue” video and the Dangerous Liaisons-inspired performance on the 1990 MTV Awards.
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