House of Ninja is a collective of movement artists known for their stellar contributions to the creation of Vogue Dance. The collective was created in the 1980s by William “Willi Ninja” Leake as a “safe-house” for members of the LGBT community. Through the House of Ninja, vogueing moved from the underground dance scene to appearances in mainstream media.
From our feature in the award winning documentary, Paris is Burning to working with Madonna on her highly popularized single “VOGUE,” House of Ninja has had a fruitful history in the entertainment and fashion industries. In the 1990s, House of Ninja began collaborating with major fashion designers including Malcolm McLaren to teach models — notably supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman — about posture, movement, and posing through the art of Vogue.
>Today our members continue to create, innovate, explore, and share the art of Vogue with audiences from all over the world. Our credits include Malcolm McLaren, Madonna, Theirry Mugler, Beyonce, SZA, FKA TWIGS, CHANEL, Jean Paul Gautier, Moncler, Balmain, H&M, America’s Next Top Model, Radio City Music Hall, “The Get Down,” Step Up, Sephora, Vogue Magazine, Ariana Grande, NBC’s The Wiz, and many more.