Madonna’s Blond Ambition Dancers, 25 Years After ‘Truth Or Dare’ Made Them Queer Icons


Released at the height of her fame, Madonna’s 1991 documentary “Truth or Dare” was a seminal moment for pop superstardom. One of the world’s most scrutinized celebrities invited cameras to document the intimate behind-the-scenes happenings of what would become one of the decade’s most celebrated roadshows, 1990’s elaborate Blond Ambition Tour. But Madonna fans fawning over this naked depiction of their queen got a surprisingly profound B-plot surrounding the singer’s backup dancers, a cabal of mostly gay young men representing queer culture at a time when mainstream visibility was almost nonexistent. For a short time, Madonna became a mother figure to them, and then, after a whirlwind trip across the globe, it all came to an abrupt halt. 

Today, “Truth or Dare” is defined as much by these dancers as it is by Madonna. The documentary “Strike a Pose” showcases what seven of them have been up to in the 25 years since the Blond Ambition Tour and its accompanying documentary. A humane and stirring portrait, the movie premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where I sat down with the group to discuss their journey. On April 6, “Strike a Pose” will air on Logo. Here are highlights of our conversation. 

I’ve probably seen “Truth or Dare” 2,000 times, so this is a true pinch-me moment for Madonna fans. What do you remember about the day you all parted ways after the tour ended?

Luis Camacho: What I remember is not saying goodbye. I left the very next day ― I don’t want to say mad, but kind of upset that it was all over. My defense against it being over was, “I’m just leaving!” But on the plane back, I was like, “Wow, what just happened? I can’t believe that, at this…

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