Oral History of Sandy Dior'e

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Sandy Dior’e talks about coming into the ballroom scene and walking fem queen realness as a teenager in Brooklyn, the ways in which ballroom affirmed and celebrated her identity as a woman, and how the scene helps people build strength, resilience, and other important life skills. She talks about leaving New York, forming her own house in Baltimore, and reinvigorating the city’s ballroom scene. She expresses her deep love for Baltimore and its talent, and for ballroom as an art form and place of refuge for people of a variety of marginalized identities. 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.