July 14, 2006


DANCE-O-RAMA was created by a group of ecletic multi-media artists and personalities from Atlanta. Their goal was to confuse the average viewer by using the public airwaves to spread their brand of humor and blur the concept of what really was real.

When RuPaul moved to Atlanta in the early 80's he flipped on the tube and discovered a cable access program which rocked his world - DANCE-O-RAMA.

In this clip the teenaged RuPaul uses "I'm Losing It" by The Glass Family to teach the audience members how to do the TImothy Leary inspired dance "The Freakout!" Now work it, girls and boys ...and remember, the green acid is good.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah youth...Ru actually looked sexy then.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ru was acting so BUTCH! Who'd've thought he'd grow up to become the supermodel of the world??

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's another clip... Bunny hitting Neslon up for "fifty or sixty dollars," explaining, "if we're gonna get coke.." Haha.


2:42 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

I love both clips--the RuPaul AND the Bunny one!

Your friend Nelson is sort of cute, Bun-Bun! When he said "they're going out and I'm going to stay here and...", I was SOOO longing for him to continue "jack off to gay porno movies." But you can't have EVERYTHING, can you? :-)

5:44 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

That's a shame...he was obviously a talented videographer. I'd love to see what kinds of videos he'd be shooting now! "Lady Bunny: An Intimate Portrait" for Lifetime television. With an introduction by Mamie van Doren...:-)

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is Shirley-Phelps-Roper- there?

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bunny, did Ru really act so butch back then and talk with that deep voice all the time or was it just for the camers? When did the higher-pitched voice come about?

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Well, they will have to come to Philadelphia"

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Would you forego art for that?"

6:49 PM  
Blogger Lady Bunny said...

Would I forego art to go to Philadelphia? Again?

Nelson was cute, and I suppose a forefather of reality TV. In hindsight I'm glad that he made a record of those insane times, but to have your roomate with a camera in your face was no picnic, so I steered clear of his camera much of the time.

As far as Ru looking butch, he was so unbelievably handsome at that time and would sometimes show up for "business meetings" at whatever Atlanta club with a mohawk and a thin 1960's thrift store briefcase. We all wore thrift store clothes back then, but the future Supermodel pulled them off better than most of the Atlanta trash scene.

And Aaron, we'd better hurry up with the Mamie shoot! --B

6:58 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your description of Dance-O-Rama is fantastic. We were all so cute. I still don't know what is really real.

3:22 PM  

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