CLEARWATER, Fla.—The showgirl is the life’s blood of touring feature entertainment. The best of the best in the exotic showgirls arena are honored each year with the presentation of Exotic Dancer’s “Overall Entertainer of the Year” Award at the Annual Exotic Dancer (ED) Awards in Las Vegas during the Gentlemen’s Club Expo.
To enhance the prestige of this national award and to insure that the most qualified applicants all have a shot at the title, ED Publications, producer of the Expo, the Annual ED Awards and the bimonthly Club Bulletin magazine, is launching a new national contest series in 2014: the Annual Exotic Dancer Invitational.
This feature dance contest will be held twice a year—once on the West Coast (EDI-West Coast) and once on the East Coast (EDI-East Coast)—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 official titles they will earn will be EDI's 2014 Showgirl Champion-East Coast and EDI's 2014 Showgirl Champion-West Coast.) There will also be a "newcomer" division, vying for the title EDI's 2014 Showgirl Newcomer (East Coast and West Coast). These "Invitationals" will also provide the top showgirls with an additional asset: The opportunity to earn valuable contest titles from the industry’s trade publication to help enhance their feature entertainer careers. There will also be cash prizes for the top three finishers.
“The days of the magazine models are long gone, so the only real opportunity for showgirls to build their credits as feature entertainers is through high-end and selective dance contests,” stated ED Publications’ Associate Publisher Dave Manack. “Our company is going to bring the same standards of professionalism that we bring each year to our Annual Expo and Awards Show to these Exotic Dancer Invitationals. And, as indicated by the word ‘Invitational,’ we will only be inviting the best of the best to compete for the main and mini titles. Ultimately, through these contests, we will be telling club owners which showgirls are the ones they want to book in their clubs.”
There is no fee for the contestants to participate, and contestants will receive complimentary hotel accommodations. Target dates for the 2014 Exotic Dancer Invitationals are March 2014 to late May (host clubs TBA).