It’s the art form, silly. With their battle against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis behind them, the queens of Miami’s R House danced onto “The View” to wish co-host Ana Navarro a happy birthday.
Led by the Greek Goddess Athena Dion, the ladies performed a rousing rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”. TLo Ivy, Kat Wilderness, Juicy Love Dion and Tayanna Love joined Dion for the broadcast, which aired Jan. 5 on ABC.
Their performance, Dion said, was proof of the uplifting power of drag.
“The arts save lives … can I get an amen,” Dion told co-host Sara Haines. “Drag shows bring people together. When you come to our show, you leave your problems at the door. Whatever the governor said, or the president said, you leave it at the door because you don’t want to hear about them at our show. You come to hear Cher, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and you come to have a good time.”
Sporting a two-piece sparkle bodycon jumpsuit, in golden orange, topped with a matching turban style headwrap and updo, Dion got the studio audience cheering in celebration of Navarro, a friend and strong ally of the drag community.
For Dion, appearing on “The View”, a show she has watched for many years, was a “crazy manifestation” of a longtime aspiration.
“It was so surreal,” Dion said. “The show is such a piece of pop culture. It was an honor and joy to perform and speak on behalf of our community, both personally and professionally.”
After the show’s producers reached out, the ladies traveled to New York for the recording of the episode. Dion arranged for choreographer Rolly Villaverde to put together the dance sequences.
Although the issue with DeSantis was brought up, Dion said attitudes are getting better.
“I feel like the animosity is totally toned down,” she said. “We’re in a much better place as far as that’s concerned. I think we’re entering a growth period now.”