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Kings of Joy was born out of Queers of Joy - a bi-monthly celebration of trans and gender-diverse identities and community. Kings of Joy started as a performance group for first-time Drag Kings. And it's also so much more. It's community. It's friendship. It's a home.Sign me up!
“Before working with Danica I had long harboured a daydream to do drag. But I'm not a performer, certainly not a dancer, and I had no idea how that would ever happen. Danica swooped in with an ease about her that made me relaxed, and my partner and I signed up with zero experience of dancing on stage - knowing that we would have to perform in 6 weeks. A lofty dream that would have been, if it weren't for Danica's energy, time, and somehow, her ability to turn the nerves of 4 new Kings into pure excitement. Stage was a blast, and Danica's support is nothing short of massive, joyful and connecting. Practice was always a joy, and performing to a cheering crowd was unbelievable. I could do it because I trust Danica. She was right, we were in good hands.”
“Before working with Danica I had not performed in a really long time but then along came Kings of Joy to gas me up and surround me with awesome Kings to inspire me. I truly appreciated seeing the development of our characters, especially the fellow People of Colour Kings in my group. It was really awesome to be able to see us draw on our cultural heritage to inform our Drag personas. Kings of Joy is an awesome introduction into Drag, from make-up to binding to creating a Drag persona. Drag is one of those artforms that has a lot of unique protocols, it can be hard to understand from the outside. After completing the Kings of Joy program with Danica, you will be so ready and raring to perform again and again."
“I signed up to Kings of Joy to challenge myself but I ended up growing in confidence, community and creativity. After this rough year it was a delight to make such beautiful connections to the members in my group and the greater drag community. I wasn't sure if I would ever get to find a creative community like this however this experience surpassed my wildest expectations. For the week after the performance I felt ecstatic. I never thought I would do anything like this but we did it! I've made friends, found a creative outlet for my gender expression and found a community to support my gender journey.”
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Featuring artwork by Toby aka Martin Van Tasmal @trashgirlarts. 10% of all merch goes to our LGBTQI friends living in Block 13, refugee camp, Kakuma, Kenya.Get me some!
Kings of Joy
I met my person, Chris doing a group Drag King performance together. So far I've been nicknamed Dance Mum, the King Coach, the Mother of Drag Kings and Daddy Joy. I've mentored and produced over 60 first-time Drag Kings performing at Queers of Joy.
Due to the consistent percentage of others who have also found love in a Kings of Joy group, I've now been dubbed Kings of Joy's secret dating agency magic.
Kings of Joy Gold Stars
For first-time Drag Kings who want to perform in a group. A pay-it-forward program with 6 weeks of rehearsals. Perform at Queers of Joy the bi-monthly performance event showcasing trans, non-binary and gender-diverse performers.
Kings of Joy All-Stars
Join the premium 12-week program and delve deeper into your Drag persona with a group of like-minded humans. Perform at Drag Kingdom - a massive night of Kings of Joy Kings. 10% of all proceeds go to our LGBTQ+ refugee friends at Block 13, Kakuma, Kenya.