Jose Xtravaganza, the artistic name of Jose Gutierez, began his dance career at New York’s famed La Guardia High School of Music and Arts. As a performer, Jose Xtravaganza began perfecting the craft of vogue as a member of The Legendary House of Xtravaganza, where he elevated this once underground and obscure dance to new heights, making it an art form. In 1990, after auditioning along 7,000 other dancers, Gutierez was chosen to be a member of Madonna’s Blonde Ambition World Tour. As a choreographer, Jose has worked with such artists as Tony Bennet, Aretha Franklin, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, and the Rolling Stones. Jose is featured in the Miramax film Madonna: Truth or Dare, as well as the documentary Paris Is Burning by Jenny Livingston. Jose Xtravaganza is the current Father of the House of Xtravaganza, based in New York City, which he rules with an iron fist under a soft glove.
Together, Gutierez and Luis Camacho choreographed the video for worldwide number one hit “Vogue,” which earned them a nomination for Best Choreography in a Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. They were both dancers in Madonna’s Blonde Ambition World Tour. Shortly after their appearances in the film Madonna: Truth or Dare, the duo was signed to a record deal as “Jose & Luis.” Their single “Queen’s English” was widely known on dance floors and on the Billboard dance charts. Gutierez and Camacho were featured in the 2016 film Strike A Pose, which followed up on the dancers of Truth or Dare. The critically-acclaimed documentary is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.