Prancing Elites of Mobile, Alabama (video)

This video of the Prancing Elites all-male dance team from Mobile, Alabama – of all places – has been making its way around the Internet. I’m kind of fascinated to see something like this in the South. Not that the South doesn’t have gay culture, but this looks like it’s a gym – in public.


The Frisky explains a bit more about the dance style, called J-Sette:

J-Sette is a dance style that emerged out of southern female African-American step teams, but has now become somewhat more pervasive. You can see elements of it in Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video, with its mix of super precise and tightly choreographed moves, done with grace and flair (Beyonce always gets accused of, um, “borrowing” from different styles). J-Setting is super popular in southern African-American gay clubs.

I’m always intrigued when something this, well, “gay” becomes popular with straight culture.  I remember everyone dancing to “YMCA” in the early 90s at the office Christmas Partry when I worked for a Republican Senator. It was a bit odd.  So I’m curious what reception this is getting in the straight community in Alabama, if at all.  I googled around but didn’t find much.

Here’s the video that’s been flying around.

Here’s a second video of the Prancing Elites performing at a Mardi Gras celebration. I’d be curious if this is a straight party, a gay party, or what – and how they’re received.

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11 Responses to “Prancing Elites of Mobile, Alabama (video)”

  1. andromachy says:


  2. cole3244 says:

    yes bigotry is everywhere but the south has it down to an art if not a sport, thanks for the input, i was born at night but not last night.

  3. Kim says:

    I’m from Mobile and I hate to inform you that we have a large LGBT COMMUNITY that most are very supportive of…they even have a reality show that we harass them for on you tube and fyi bigotry is
    everywhere not just in the south

  4. cole3244 says:

    umm you actually think because the cities are predominantly black & the whites are in the subs that the bigots don’t stray into the cities to teach those black sissies a thing or two, i’m guessing you haven’t been to the deep south nor do you know its history.

  5. seriously? says:

    Umm… I’m guessing you’ve actually never been to the DEEP SOUTH. Most cities down there are predominantly black as the whites all fled for the suburbs when forced school integration came down the pipe. And many of the larger cities in the deep south (especially along the coast) have thriving gay (and black gay) cultures… New Orleans? Savannah? Atlanta? MIAMI??? Just don’t step out of the cities… middle of no-where in Alabama you don’t even want to be a white male with long hair and weird clothes.

  6. Vegas Dave says:

    They look so tucked it hurts to watch

  7. BeccaM says:

    A troop of men wearing coordinated hot pants and a skin-tight midriff-baring top, dancing like that? I’ll eat my shoes if they’re not gay.

  8. cole3244 says:

    brave bordering on bachmann crazy.

  9. Phil says:

    Culturally, Mobile is similar to New Orleans. Much more so than it is to Birmingham or Montgomery. It was actually the first capital of French Louisiana, and shares architectural and other similarities with its more well known sister community, New Orleans, to the west. Mardi Gras is a part of that tradition. I was very pleasantly surprised when I visited that area a few years ago. Nearby Pensacola also shares some of these similarities.,_Alabama

  10. That’s why I was surprised they were from Mobile. That’s damn brave.

  11. cole3244 says:

    black & gay in alabama talk about a double dose of in your face, i just hope these courageous young men go out in a group and take all necessary precautions because someone black or white will not appreciate their race or orientation or both, be safe brothers and good luck.
    ps – head to the big big city gentlemen that’s where your future and safety resides.

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