Benjamin Milan is the kind of dancer who, when you see him in action, makes you wish you’d kept up those classes you did as a kid. He’s a master of multiple styles of voguing, which means he moves in unexpected ways and can do just about anything with any part of his body – the kind of choreography which leaves you in awe of the power of movement.
When he’s not performing, Milan is father of the esteemed House of Milan in London. This is where his work starts: with his voguing family, who compete in balls across the country and across Europe. They even throw their own – this year’s is themed around the Met Ball. Beyond his family, Milan has broken into choreographing work across various areas: from Vivienne Westwood to Vogue Italia, adidas and Nike. He toured with FKA twigs, was the movement director for Gareth Pugh’s SS19 collection, for which he organised a ball for the afterparty in tribute to Judy Blame. Milan also recently finished five months of filming the movie adaptation of Cats, which will be out in December.
Ultimately, Milan says his goal is “to put movement in public spheres where one is not used to seeing it… I don’t mind if my work is seen on a Pure Gym TV screen or at an art gallery in Mayfair – I want more people to be exposed to dancing, and I want them to expand their idea of what it can be and how it can move them.”