EDI Contests locked in for 2019
The industry’s premier showgirl competition, the EXOTIC DANCER Invitational, returns for its sixth straight year.
ED Publications, producers of the industry’s most prestigious “showgirl” dance competition—the EDIs—have announced the dates and venues for the 2019 EXOTIC DANCER Invitational East and West Contests. The EDI West will once again be held at Centerfolds Cabaret in Las Vegas, April 24-26, while Jerry Westlund’s Pony Club in Memphis will host the EDI East June 5-7.
“Las Vegas proved to be the perfect home for the EDI West, which made it very easy for us to return to Centerfolds Cabaret,” says Dave Manack, Founder of the EDI Contest and ED Publications’ Associate Publisher. “Centerfolds’ owner Steve Paik, manager Dane Hansen and the rest of the club’s staff truly understand the unique style of entertainment that is presented by today’s top showgirl features, and we can’t wait to see what amazing shows these first-class feature entertainers will bring to this year’s EDI contest!”
After hosting the EDI East in 2017 at his Indianapolis club, noted feature showgirl enthusiast Jerry Westlund has returned to host the EDI East in 2019 at his Memphis venue, one of the top clubs in his Pony Clubs/Fantasy Showclubs chain.
“We are very happy to be working with Jerry again, because there are few people in the country who ‘get’ showgirl entertainment as clearly as he does,” says Manack. “When Jerry is involved in an EDI, we know that’s it’s going to be a fun and memorable event!”
The EDI contests showcase entertainers in two divisions competing on three straight nights: Newcomers (entertainers with two years or less of “feature” experience) compete on the first night; Showgirls (established feature entertainers) compete on the second night; and the top three competitors from each division compete in the Finals on the last night of the competition. Cash prizes are awarded for both divisions, as well as main titles and mini titles (including sashes and trophies). In addition, the winner of the Showgirl Division will become an automatic nominee for the ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year, the most prestigious award in the industry for national, touring feature entertainers. (Note: Division assignments are at the discretion of the contest producers.)