And it’s easy to see why.
The provocative documentary, directed by Jamal Sims and produced by World of Wonder co-founders Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato, explores the rise of “bucking,” a dance trend created as a response to the women-only world of majorette routines. Tired of feeling left out, a group of gay men began performing majorette routines in underground clubs.
As with the dance ball scene of yore, bucking has inspired nationwide competitions. When the Beat Drops follows a group of buckers on the way to a competition in Atlanta as they rehearse, prepare, and discuss how finding the bucking community has changed their lives.
This exclusive Queerty clip introduces viewers to Napoleon, a longtime bucker and school teacher. Napoleon risks his career by performing as a bucker in a dress. As a music instructor and staunch anti-bullying advocate, bucking fits with his overall life philosophy of releasing inhibitions and living personal truth.
When the Beat Drops airs on Logo August 9.