Oral History of Icon Marquis Revlon Clanton
Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries
Icon Marquis Clanton Revlon talks about growing up in Baltimore and his experiences with dance and marching band as a child. He describes the members of the House of Revlon who first introduced him to Baltimore’s ballroom scene and explains why he fell in love with ballroom: its participatory and performative nature, the opportunities he found in the scene for self-expression and acceptance, its tight-knit familial structures, and the skills he learned in the scene to successfully navigate life outside of ballroom. 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.