Ralph Escamillan
Actor, Dancer
UBCP | ACTRA
“…the body is the most powerful tool to create tangible change…”
– Ralph Escamillan

Ralph Escamillan is a queer, Canadian-Filipinx performance artist, teacher and community leader based on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Nations – on so called Vancouver, BC.

Starting at age 14, Ralph trained first in Breakdancing then explored a multitude of other street dance styles such as HipHop, Popping, House, Waacking and Locking. His passion for dance expanded to include training in Vogue, Ballroom, Ballet, Modern, Jazz and was a graduate of Contemporary Training Program Modus Operandi in 2015.

Ralph has worked/toured with Vancouver companies: Company 605, Co. Erasga Dance, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Out Innerspace Theatre, apprenticed with Kidd Pivot in (2014) and and was a guest dancer with Ballet BC (2020). He is currently on contract with Wen Wei Dance, Mascall Dance, and Daina Ashbee.

In the commercial industry, he’s worked with choreographers including AJ Aakomon, Luther Brown, Kenny Ortega, Tucker Barkely and Mandy Moore as well as artists Victoria Duffield and Zendaya Coleman, and was a guest dancer for Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable” tour in 2015.

With his company FAKEKNOT he creates work that strives to understand the complexities of identity using sound, costume, technology and the body.

Ralph ‘Posh’ Gvasalia Basquiat has been in the Ballroom Scene since 2014, opening his own kiki House of Gvasalia and joined the Mainstream House of Basquiat in 2021. The founder and Artistic/Executive Director of the non-profit organization VanVogueJam, Ralph shares his passion for Vogue/Ballroom culture at his weekly pay-what-you-can classes and vogue balls, acting as a beacon for the queer dance form in Western Canada.