March 20th, Clearwater, FL: They came to Los Angeles from across the U.S. and Canada to compete in the nation’s top, invitation-only showgirl competition. Hosted for the second straight year by Dames n’ Games, a Spearmint Rhino club, the Annual EXOTIC DANCER Invitational (EDI) West was held March 9-11 and showcased 13 competitors in three divisions—Newcomer, Showgirl and Champion. At the end of the event, three competitors rose to the top: Angel Beau was crowned Newcomer Division Winner, Angela Sommers was honored with the Showgirl Division title, while Canadian sensation Justice won a hotly contested Champion Division that featured one amazing performance after another.
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The heavenly beauties of the exotic showgirl industry come to the City of Angels for the EXOTIC DANCER Invitational contest this March!
Clearwater, FL, January 30, 2015: They represent the top exotic entertainers in the multi-billion-dollar adult nightclub industry, as six top “Showgirls,” three hot “Newcomers”—and five elite “Champions”—will comprise the EXOTIC DANCER Invitational (EDI) West Contest. This selective, national dance contest will be hosted by Spearmint Rhino’s Dames n’ Games club in downtown Los Angeles (2319 East Washington Boulevard) on March 9-11, and is produced by ED Publications, the only national magazine, convention and awards show for the adult club industry.
The following feature entertainers will be competing in the EDI-West contest in the “Champions” Division: Lacey Rain, the 2014 ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year and a 2014 EDI East finalist; Christina Aguchi, the ED’s 2013 and 2011 Overall Entertainer of the Year and a 2014 EDI West finalist; Tali De’Mar, the EDI West’s 2014 Winner and a three-time ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year nominee; Simone Danlustrous, nominee for the ED’s 2014 Overall Entertainer of the Year Award and a finalist at the 2014 EDI East Contest; and Canadian entertainer Justice, a 2014 EDI West Finalist.
The following feature entertainers will be competing in the EDI-West contest in the “Showgirls” Division: Angela Sommers, the 2014 EDI West Newcomer Champion and ’14 ED’s Newcomer Award Winner; Phoenix Phires, the 2014 EDI East Newcomer Champion and ’14 ED’s Club Favorite Award Winner; Darling Danika, the ED’s 2013 Newcomer Award Winner; Jaded Dawn, a 2013/2011 ED’s Club Favorite Award Nominee; Shay Lynn, former ED’s Club Favorite Award Winner; and Janine Jericho, Canadian dance sensation and multiple award winner.
The following feature entertainers will be competing in the EDI-West contest in the “Newcomer” Division: Angel Beau, nominee for ED’s Club Favorite of the Year (for Suicide Sirens); Reagan Reilley, runner up for Sinsational Features’ Star Search; and Jenna Jayden, Miss Nude World Tall & Best Breasts.
“Because there aren’t just two types of feature entertainers, we realized that we needed to expand to three divisions in order to properly accommodate all possible competitors,” says ED Publications’ Dave Manack, also the creator and producer of the EDIs. “Now, every night will be a Final—there are no Semi Finals. The Newcomers will compete on the first night, the Showgirls on the second night and the Champions on the final night. The entertainers have to take their best shot right off the bat!”
The EDI-West Contest will begin each evening at approximately 9 pm March 9-11. For more information on admission fees for the EDI Contest, visit DamesNGames.net. For more information about the EDI Contests, the EDI competitors or ED Publications, please call (727) 726-3592 or www.theEDIs.com or www.theEDexpo.com.
The 2015 EDI contests are sponsored by Safari Sun/GentClubShirts.com and PlanetPlatypus.com.
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This July marked the 39th year of the famed Nudes A Poppin’ Exotic Dance Pageant & Festival Weekend at the Ponderosa Sun Club in Roselawn, Indiana.
A beautiful venue, amazing feature entertainers and three nights of packed crowds at Christie’s Cabaret in Cleveland each contributed to a truly memorable EXOTIC DANCER Invitational (EDI) East Contest on May 29-31. When it was over, only two of those entertainers wore the respective crowns for Showgirl Champion and Newcomer Champion. For the Newcomers, it was the beautiful and talented Phoenix Phires who outlasted the competition to take home the title of Newcomer Champion, while the Canadian burlesque sensation Roxi D’Lite seduced the crowds and the judges to take the crown in an extremely competitive Showgirl Division.
Produced by ED (EXOTIC DANCER) Publications, the EDIs are national, invitation-only dance contests for the nation’s top touring feature entertainers in both a Showgirl and Newcomer Division. The dance contest will be held twice a year—once in the West (EDI-West) and once in the East (EDI-East)—with the winners of each contest filling two of the four nominee slots for the ED’s “Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year” Award, the most prestigious award in the feature entertainer industry. Thus, Tali De’Mar (who won the Showgirl Division in the EDI West Contest, held at Dames n’ Games in Los Angeles April 12-14, 2014) and Roxi D’Lite are automatic ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year nominees for 2014.
“Both sets of entertainers—the Newcomers and Showgirls—each brought amazing shows and unbelievable energy to the EDI East Contest,” says the EDI Show Producer & Founder Dave Manack, who is also the Associate Publisher of ED Publications. “Jaws were dropping in the club each night, all three nights. I saw feature shows that were on a level that I’ve rarely seen in 16 years in this industry, and the camaraderie amongst the competing entertainers was so refreshing to see.”
"It was an awesome and amazing contest,” says Christie’s Cabaret Cleveland’s General Manager Charity Koschnick. “But not only a contest, a ‘show’ that brings back real entertainers the way they started out years ago. It was refreshing!”
Though she is a veteran burlesque performer in Canada, this was Roxi D’Lite’s first actual competition, and her classic style of dance performance was not lost on the contest’s judges. Her dance ability also scored her the “Best Dancer” mini title. The Finalists in the Showgirl Division also included Lacey Rain (First Runner-Up) who brought down the house and received a standing ovation on Friday evening for her “Mime” show (which helped garner her the “Audience Favorite” and “Best Overall Show” mini titles) and Simone Danalustrous (Second Runner-Up), who wowed the crowds with her “Punisher” and “Star Trek” shows, both of which earned her the “Most Original Show” mini title.
“I am still pinching myself from all of the excitement from last weekend!” says Roxi. “I am truly honored to have been crowned EDI East Showgirl Champion for the very first Exotic Dancer Invitationals. I was impressed with how professionally the contest was run, and am truly honored to have been part of such an incredible event. Thank you so much Dave Manack and Kristofer Kay (of ED Publications) for inviting me to be a part of this great event. Christie's Cabaret was a beautiful venue with helpful and friendly staff. Most of all I want to thank my sexy and talented co-competitors for your smiles, laughs and camaraderie backstage, I'll never forget you lovelies. Burlesque and striptease have always been an art form I've been passionate about since the moment I stepped on stage to pay off my student debts. All I can say is this is way more fun than graphic design and I feel fortunate to have found my calling! I'm excited to see you all again in August at the Gentleman's Club EXPO in Las Vegas! Viva la showgirl!”
The EDI East Contest was emceed by Tony Batman of A Entertainment and the Planet Platypus Network, and was produced by longtime pageant and event coordinator Lexi Lamour. The EDI East sponsors included Anheuser-Busch, PlanetPlatypus.com, StripClubMusic.com, Safari Sun, the AdultMart store chain and, of course, ED Publications.
In the Newcomer Division, Phoenix Phires brought not one but two amazing shows to the EDI East; her “Mad Hatter” show and a new “Mermaid” show that both scored well with the contest’s judges. Fellow Newcomer Finalist Vayda Kiss (First Runner-Up) got the crowd into a stir when she secured a six-foot wooden cross to the pole at center stage, then launched into a “Nun” show that ended with her twerking on the aforementioned cross, while Sarah Hunter, the Second Runner-Up, presented her unique style of steampunk-styled seduction. The Newcomer Division also included Lady Sirene, who provided an encore performance on Saturday evening.
Each Champion (Showgirl and Newcomer) won the official EDI crown and trophy, while cash prizes were also awarded to Roxi D’Lite, Lacey Rain and Phoenix Phires as Showgirl Champion, Showgirl First Runner-Up and Newcomer Champion respectively. Also, the following “mini-titles” were awarded at the EDI East:
Best Costume: Viva La Muerte (for her custom “Iron Maiden” costume); Hottest Body: Jayden Cole; Best Dancer: Roxi D’Lite; Audience Favorite: Lacey Rain; Most Original Show: Simone Danalustrous; Best Overall Show: Lacey Rain. Other talented EDI competitors included (in the Showgirl Division) The Evil Pin-Ups duo (Shay Lynn and Jaded Dawn), Jayden Cole and Viva La Muerte and (in the Newcomer Division) Lady Sirene.
Clearwater, April 15, 2014 — Three nights of packed crowds at Dames n’ Games (a Spearmint Rhino club) in Los Angeles greeted the 12 competing entertainers in the Showgirl and Newcomer Divisions of the inaugural EXOTIC DANCER Invitational West Contest. When it was over, only two of those entertainers wore the respective crowns for Showgirl Champion and Newcomer Champion. For the Newcomers, it was the blonde bombshell Angela Sommers who outlasted the competition to take home the title of Newcomer Champion, while the redheaded burlesque queen Tali De’Mar wowed the crowds and the judges to take the crown in an extremely competitive Showgirl Division.
Produced by ED (EXOTIC DANCER) Publications, the EDIs are national, invitation-only dance contests for the nation’s top touring feature entertainers in both a Showgirl and Newcomer Division. The dance contest will be held twice a year — once in the West (EDI-West) and once in the East (EDI-East) — with the winners of each contest filling two of the four nominee slots for the ED’s “Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year” Award, the most prestigious award in the feature entertainer industry. The EDI-East Contest will be held at Christie’s Cabaret in Cleveland on May 29-31.
“Each one of our 12 EDI competitors brought an incredible show and proved why they deserved to be invited to this selective, invitation-only dance contest,” says the EDI Producer & Founder, Dave Manack. Manack is also the Associate Publisher for ED Publications. “The competition in each division was fierce, especially in the Showgirl Division, which included many well-known and respected entertainers. And as evidenced by the raucous, capacity crowds each evening, those performances were well appreciated.”
Having only recently announced her return to the industry after a short retirement, former two-time ED’s Entertainer of the Year nominee Tali De’Mar made a huge splash in her first club appearance in almost three years. Her burlesque-style shows proved to be a huge hit with the EDI judges, which included Stix Zadinia and Lexxi Foxx of the band Steel Panther, major motion picture producer and music industry executive Andy Gould, award-winning adult movie director Jacky St. James and many more. Fellow Showgirl Division Finalists Christina Aguchi (Showgirl Division First Runner-Up) and Justice (Second Runner-Up) each presented amazing shows with high production quality, dance skill and pole acrobatics.
“I'm so excited to be back on the circuit and blown away by my recent win!” says Tali. “There was definitely stiff competition and thank you to all the girls for bringing their A game. I'm humbled, ecstatic and inspired to pick up where I left off with bigger and better burlesque shows than ever. I'm touched by this warm welcome home!”
The EDI West Contest was emceed by Tony Batman of A Entertainment and the Planet Platypus Network, and was coordinated by longtime pageant and event coordinator Lexi Lamour.
In the Newcomer Division, Angela Sommers brought an elegance to her performance that helped her stand out from a challenging Newcomer Division that also saw innovative performances from fellow Finalist Phoenix Phires (First Runner-Up) and an entertaining “hula hoop” show from Remy LaCroix (Second Runner-Up).
Each Champion (Showgirl and Newcomer) won the official EDI crown and trophy, while cash prizes were also awarded to Tali De’Mar, Christina Aguchi and Angela Sommers as Showgirl Champion, Showgirl First Runner-Up and Newcomer Champion respectively. Also, the following “mini-titles” were awarded at the EDI-West:
Best Costume: Jaded Dawn; Hottest Body: Angela Sommers; Best Dancer: Tali De’Mar; Audience Favorite: Christina Aguchi; Most Original Show: Phoenix Phires; Best Overall Show: Justice. Other talented EDI competitors included (in the Showgirl Division) Artemis Moon, Shay Lynn and Darling Danika; (in the Newcomer Division) Cali Rose and Cheyenne Jewel.
Spearmint Rhino’s Dames n’ Games in Los Angeles will play host to EDI-West on April 10-12, while Christie’s Cabaret in Cleveland hosts EDI-East on May 29-31
Clearwater, FL: They represent the top “showgirl” feature entertainers in the industry, as well as the hottest “newcomer” entertainers. Two sets of entertainers, 25 in all, will comprise the EDI-West and EDI-East contests, which will be hosted by two top adult venues—Dames n’ Games in Downtown Los Angeles, and Christie’s Cabaret in Cleveland.