Oral History of Alvernian Davis AKA Alvernian Prestige
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Alvernian Davis describes growing up in Philadelphia and joining the city’s gay community and ballroom scene. He talks about defying the conventions of ballroom, inventing a new category, and founding his own house. He discusses the development of the ballroom scene in Baltimore and reflects on how ballroom has changed with the rise of social media and the mainstreaming of ballroom culture. This oral history was recorded as part of the Peabody Ballroom Experience, a public humanities collaboration between Johns Hopkins University and the performance-based culture known as ballroom.