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A Club Called Rhonda (NSFW)

We spent five months getting to know LA's favorite dance party

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"I dress, I play, I dance, I release. That's what makes me feel good and I found it at Rhonda" - Clarys at A Club Called Rhonda

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"Rhonda is the best place to feel free!" - Jesus (not pictured) at A Club Called Rhonda
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“At Rhonda, anything goes. The party is about self-expression, fashion, attitude, exposure and glamour” - Gregory at A Club Called Rhonda
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"A Club Called Rhonda has defined the last five years of my life and continues to turn me out. I now think I have a Ph.D. in polysexual hard partying.” - Phyllis at A Club Called Rhonda

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"Rhonda is a place where you can let go and be yourself. It’s a place where no judgements are placed and free spirits are welcome" - Chaunci at A Club Called Rhonda
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“I love Rhonda because everyone is free!” - Jacquelyn (not pictured) at A Club Called Rhonda
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"Transported to another dimension where we can be whoever we want to be... Oh Ms. Rhonda, bitch you never disappoint!" - Rene (right) at A Club Called Rhonda
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"Rhonda parties are about liberation, fun and sexuality. It’s all about freedom!” - Joe at A Club Called Rhonda
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“A Club Called Rhonda is a comfortable place where anyone from any orientation can be themselves.” - Landra at A Club Called Rhonda
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"Rhonda is a place where the freaks to come out." - Monika at A Club Called Rhonda

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“I love it! I love the energy here. I love it. Now let’s dance!” Camay (not pictured) at A Club Called Rhonda
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“You can be whoever you want and do whatever you want and it's never overdone!” - Sam (left) at A Club Called Rhonda

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“I love that the DJ’s beat syncs with my heartbeat.” - Paul at A Club Called Rhonda
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"I come to Rhonda because I can express myself, dance to good music, be open and free.” Christina (not pictured) at A Club Called Rhonda
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“A Club Called Rhonda is the sluttiest night of my entire month.” - Christopher (right) at A Club Called Rhonda
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“At Rhonda I have room to vogue and mirrors to slather with vanity.” - Bailey at A Club Called Rhonda
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“Rhonda is by far the most diverse and fabulous dance scene I've ever been to. Creativity and confidence reign supreme, and despite everyone being almost too beautiful to bear, there are always at least a few men and women to flirt with. It's my monthly escape, my place to be free.” - Victoria at A Club Called Rhonda

If you’ve never heard of A Club Called Rhonda (do you live under a cactus?), you’re in for a real treat. This legendary party, held once a month at Los Globos in Silver Lake, packs the house with revelers dressed to see, be seen, dance, flirt, have their picture taken (this, they love) and let their freak flags fly. You won’t find a better-dressed crowd anywhere in the city: attendees are often plucked out of the (long, long) line down the block based on the creativity of their ensembles. (Case in point, one group of regulars always coordinate their costumes with themes such as Bionic Bayou, Versailles Samurai, Blood Red Western or Denim Doppleganger. This is not a fashion show you want to miss.) It’s one of the most diverse and dazzling dance scenes in LA, where partiers—be they queer, straight, young, old, male, female or somewhere in between—can cut loose and get high on some pretty incredible dance music (among other things)—think DJ talent along the lines of Jacques Renault, Metro Area and Peanut Butter Wolf. Aside from scoring instant entry with killer outfits, partygoers can also expect free Jell-O shots to keep the energy up, as well as signs bearing Rhondaisms like “Take it off—it’s OK” and “Freedom feels good,” which are up for grabs at the end of the night for those who sweat it out ‘til the bitter end. To Rhonda’s credit, it’s pretty amazing that the city’s hottest dance party is also one of its most inclusive—everyone is fabulous here and everyone is welcome.

We asked photographer Angie Smith—known for her striking and intimate portraits—to capture all that is A Club Called Rhonda over five months worth of parties, and she saw a lot. Check out her photos, then start dreaming up your outfit for Rhonda's next blowout.

 

Follow Angie on Instagram: @angiesmithphotography

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