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Club Bulletin July 2014 19 www.ExoticDancer.com 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!" "I am truly honored to have been crowned EDI East Showgirl Champion for the very first EDI East. I was impressed with how professionally the contest was run, and am truly honored to have been part of such an incredible event. Burlesque and striptease have always been an art form I've been passionate about since the moment I stepped on stage. Viva la showgirl!" —Showgirl Division Winner Roxi D'Lite All photos by Sackie Krikorian ROXI D'LITE JAYDEN COLE PHOENIX PHIRES LACEY RAIN THE EVIL PIN-UPS VIVA LA MUERTE Club Bulletin July 2014 19 www.ExoticDancer.com

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