In the “Game of Shows,” the North reigns supreme

Canadians dominate the 2019 EDI West, as Justice and Cassius Chay take top honors in the Showgirl and Newcomer Divisions2019 EDI West 74

It may be a contest that was born in the US, but two girls from North of the border didn’t need any dire wolves or Valyrian steel to win the top prizes at the 2019 EDI (Exotic Dancer Invitational) West. More specifically, two Canadians—Justice and Cassius Chay—won the Showgirl and Newcomer Divisions respectively at the 2019 EDI West, was held April 25-27 at Bucks Wild Dallas, Bucks Cabaret Ft. Worth and Bucks Cabaret Dallas.

Justice, who previously won the EDI West’s premier division in 2015 on her way to an automatic ED’s Entertainer of the Year Award nomination, bested a competitive Showgirl Division that also included First Runner-Up Bellzora and Second Runner-Up Lady Sirene. While Bellzora’s well-choreographed and dynamic “Vampire” show and Lady Sirene’s burlesque set that showcased an impressive “silks” segment. As the winner of the EDI West 2019’s Showgirl Division, Justice once again becomes an automatic nominee for the ED’s Entertainer of the Year Award and will perform in Las Vegas at EXPO Awards Show on August 13th.

“I worked really hard to bring my vision to reality—over six months of choreography, musicality, costuming, props, and training my body,” says Justice, who utilized impressive execution on Roman rings to wow the crowds and judges during her “Voodoo” show at the EDI West. “I’m elated that it all paid off! I’m excited to show the entire industry that even though it’s been four years since my last (Entertainer of the Year) nomination, I’ve still got it!”

In the Newcomer Division, the competition was as fierce as ever as three entertainers—Cassius Chay, Pixie Raye and Michelle Lynn—all put on show-stopping sets on Finals night at Bucks Cabaret Dallas. In the end, it was the “artistic” flair of Cassius Chay’s fluid, art-themed performance that bested Pixie Raye’s magnetic “Matrix” show (First Runner-Up) and Michelle Lynn’s acrobatic “Road Warrior” set (Second Runner-Up).

“It was a great accomplishment for me. I have been working so hard at becoming the best dancer I can be, it was really exhilarating for me to win!” says Cassius Chay, who had never competed in a US showgirl competition prior to the 2019 EDI West. “Just being a part of the EDI reassured me that I am doing the right thing with my career. I’m happy to make others happy, bring energetic authenticity, and most of all, have fun!”

For the first time in the event’s six-year history, the EDI was held at three different clubs on three consecutive nights. The Newcomer Division competed at Bucks Wild Dallas, the Showgirl Division was showcased at Bucks Cabaret in Ft. Worth, and the Finals of the EDI West were held at Bucks Cabaret Dallas.  

The 2019 EDI West’s Showgirl Division was rounded out by Shay Lynn, Mila DeLuna and the UK’s Dinah Might. The Newcomer Division also included Alexandra Belle, Cali Marie and Alice Wanderlust. EDI West 2018 Showgirl Winner Angela Sommers performed special guest shows on Friday and Saturday night, showing everyone exactly why she’s been one of the industry’s top showgirl entertainers for the past five years.

The following “Mini Titles” were presented at the 2019 EDI West:

Most Original Show Mila DeLuna
Most Ambitious Performer Alexandra Belle
Most Extreme Show Shay Lynn
Best Dancer Justice
Best Costume Shay Lynn
Hottest Body Bellzora
Audience Favorite Dinah Might
Best Overall Show Justice

“Being at three different clubs on three consecutive nights made this the most unique EDI contest to date,” says EDI Producer and Founder, Dave Manack. “Huge thanks go out to all of the Bucks staff, especially “Rich” Richardson and Jimmy Edwards. And of course, this would not have been possible without Bucks Cabaret club chain owner, Curtis Wise!”

The EDI West was emceed by “The Voice,” Bobby Mac, and was co-produced by Dave Manack and Lexi Lamour. The EDI stage crew was headed by Rob Aiken, assisted by Thomas Hooks.

The 2019 EDI East will be held at Jerry Westlund’s Pony Club in Memphis, June 5-7. For more information on the EDI contests, visit www.theEDIs.com or call ED Publications at (727) 726-3592.

Shar Zayn and Heather Heaven steal the show at 2019 EDI East in Memphis

EDI East held at Jerry Westlund’s Pony Club in “Grind City,” June 5-7


EDI 2019 east 101In what was easily one of the most competitive EDI (Exotic Dancer Invitational) contests since its inception in 2014, this year’s EDI East at the Pony Club in Memphis (June 5-7) showcased a finals night that will surely go down as one of the EDI’s most memorable. When the smoke finally cleared, the stunningly acrobatic Shar Zayn edged out 2018 ED’s Entertainer of the Year Natasha Nova and Janine Jericho to win the EDI East’s Showgirl Division and garnered an automatic nomination for this year’s ED’s Entertainer of the Year Award. In the equally competitive Newcomer Division, a fiery show from Canadian beauty Heather Heaven bested Bailey Fox and Stacia Dianna to take top honors and an automatic nomination for ED’s Newcomer of the Year Award.

“Winning the Showgirl Division was one of my goals for this year; I only asked God to give me the opportunity to show everyone what I can do,” says Shar Zayn. “Since I won (the EDI East) Newcomer Division in 2018, I worked very hard to be able to achieve this goal. I feel very honored to have competed with the best in the United States and internationally. I loved the experience! Being nominated for ED’s Entertainer of the Year is a great honor, especially to have achieved this great nomination in such a short period of time. I have no words to describe the emotions I’m feeling!”

“I watched the audience’s and judges reactions throughout Finals night, and I saw gasps and cheers and standing ovations,” says EDI Producer and ED Publications Associate Publisher, Dave Manack. “Each of our Showgirl Division competitors brought amazing shows and unbelievable energy to the stage, and everyone in the club seemed to feel it. In the end, Shar Zayn’s jaw-dropping acrobatics and powerful stage presence was enough to top Natasha Nova (First Runner-Up) and Janine Jericho (Second Runner-Up), both of whom are incredible performers.”

This was the second time and EDI East competition was held at a Jerry-Westlund-owned club; the first was the EDI East in 2017 at the Pony Club in Indianapolis. Westlund is a long-time supporter of “showgirl” feature entertainers, and has booked them steadily in his clubs for two decades.

“We thoroughly enjoy partnering with Jerry on our EDI contests,” says Manack. “His staff and entertainers appreciate showgirl feature entertainment, and the Pony Club Memphis was no exception. General manager Stephanie Wilbanks, Heaven the house mom and the rest of the staff were incredibly helpful and played instrumental roles in having a great three-day EDI event.”

Of course, Westlund is ever the showman, and to add a bit of flair to the EDI he brought in “political celebrity” Roger Stone, best-selling author and political strategist who’s worked for every Republican presidential campaign (including Donald Trump), dating back to Richard Nixon. Stone was accompanied by Kristin Davis, known as the “Manhattan Madam,” a former madam who was famous for running a high-end prostitution ring in New York City. ED Publisher Don Waitt was in attendance, as was RCI Hospitality’s (Rick’s Cabaret) Chairman, President and CEO, Eric Langan.

In addition to Shar Zayn, Natasha Nova and Janine Jericho, several other very talented feature entertainers rounded out the impressive Showgirl Division. This list of showgirls includes Annie Lane, Bambi Wilde, Blake Monroe, Ms. Parker, Lori Lane and Ruby Ryder. The Newcomer Division boasted the talents of Bailey Fox (First Runner-Up), Stacia Dianna (Second Runner-Up), Raven Kali, Aerial Leigh and Angel Marie. Aria Moon, winner of the EDI East 2017’s Showgirl Division, provided a dynamic guest performance on Finals night, demonstrating exactly why she is a former ED’s Entertainer of the Year nominee.

“What a beautiful whirlwind of a weekend!” says Heather Heaven, winner of the Newcomer Division. “To compete internationally for the first time and take home top honors in my division, I am elated! I felt so grateful for the opportunity to perform at the gorgeous Pony Club Memphis, thank you Jerry Westlund! The stage crew were so on point, helpful and patient. And thank you to Dave Manack and (EDI co-producer) Lexi Lamour for making this all possible for us showgirls!”

Find many more EDI West photos at ExoticDancer.com and theEDIs.com!


Most Original Show: Annie Lane

Most Ambitious Performer: Ms. Parker

Most Extreme Show: Shar Zayn

Best Dancer: Heather Heaven

Best Costume: Janine Jericho

Hottest Body: Shar Zayn

Audience Favorite: Bambi Wilde

Best Overall Show: Natasha Nova

About THe EDI's

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ED Publications, producers of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO, celebrates the “return of the showgirl” by introducing two national, invitation-only feature dance contests 
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 ED’s Awards in Las Vegas during the Gentlemen’s Club EXPO.  

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location and dates

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    April 2-4 2020
    EDI West Competition
    Bucks Cabaret
    11327 Reeder Rd
    Dallas, TX 75229
    972-484-9453
  • edi location 2019 v1a
    June 3-5 2020
    EDI East Competition
    The Pony
    141 Ware Dr NE,
    Huntsville, AL 35811

    256-859-6607

The most frequently asked questions about the EDI's

Q #1: What are the EDI's?

A: ED Publications, producers of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO, celebrates the “Return of the Showgirl” by introducing two national, invitation-only feature dance contests.

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 ED’s 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’s Awards and the bimonthly Club Bulletin magazine, launched a new national contest series in 2014 - The Annual EXOTIC DANCER Invitationals.

This feature 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 official titles they will earn will be EDI’s 2018 Showgirl Champion-East and EDI’s 2018 Showgirl Champion-West.) There will also be a “newcomer” division, vying for the title EDI’s 2018 Showgirl Newcomer (East and West). 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 be cash prizes for the top three finishers.

View the complete Press Release HERE

Q #2: Where & When are the EDI's being held?

A1: The EDI EAST competition will be held JUNE 3-5 2020 at The Pony Bama in Huntsville Alabma. View more details about this venue.
A2: The EDI WEST competition will be held APRIL 2-4 2020 at Bucks Cabaret in Dallas Texas. View more details about this venue.

Q #3: Who is competing?

A: You can view the entertainers oparticipating in the EDI's below

Q #4: Are there prizes?

A: For a complete list of prizes & awards please CLICK HERE

Q #5: Who will be hosting the show?

27544897 1807570029552275 6299865191503350170 nA: Both competitions will be hosted by Bobby Mac from the Planet Platypus Show

Talent Personified. The ultimate jack of all trades. Bobby Mac is an accomplished artist, comedian, broadcaster, DJ, husband, father and all around best friend. Easily the funniest person you will ever be around.

Q #6: Who are this years sponsors?

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Q #7: I want to compete

A: The EDI's are an invitational pagent series and not open to general participants. You must be invited by Exotic Dancer Publications to compete. If you have been invited and would like to fill out your release from, you may do so by CLICKING HERE.
If you would like to be considered for future competitions, please contact us directly.

Q #8: Is there an entry fee?

A: NO, there is not an entry fee for this competition. However you are responsible for your travel expenses and show props.

Q #9: What type of shows can I do?

A: You are expected to do a feature qaulity show of your own design, this can vary greatly depending on the entertainer. In order to maintain a clean stage , a precut tarp must be used for any messy shows involving liquids, confetti, feathers, whipped cream, or any other particle or substance that is not part of  your costume. NO oils or loose glitter is permitted. Even if you use a shower and a baby pool, a tarp must be used. This facilitates the clean up of the stage after your show is over.

Q #10: What about fire, pyro, poles, aerials & other props?

A: Pryo, Aerials and other SFX need to be approved in advance. Please contact us for show specific details.

Q #11: Is there any info available about the stages such as size, height, poles etc?

A: East Club stage info:
  • Stage length:
  • Stage width:
  • From center pole to length edge:
  • Left pole to edge:
  • Right pole to edge:
  • Center pole to back edge:
  • Center pole to stairs:
  • Center pole to ceiling:
  • Right & left pole to ceiling:

B: West Club stage info:

  • Stage length:
  • Stage width:
  • From center pole to length edge:
  • Left pole to edge:
  • Right pole to edge:
  • Center pole to back edge:
  • Center pole to stairs:
  • Center pole to ceiling:
  • Right & left pole to ceiling:

 

Q #12: Will there be a stage crew? Can I bring my own people?

A: Stage hands will be provided but you are more than welcome to bring your own assistant.

Q #13: Are hotel accomodations paid for by the event?

A: YES, all invitational competitors will have their hotel accomodations paid for. The hotel info will be sent to you in your welcome package.

Q #14: What about show length and music selection?

A: Shows are to be no more than 15 minutes in length including set up and clean up.

Q #15: I wasnt able to compete this year, how can I be included in future competitions?

A: The EDI's are an invitational pagent series and not open to general participants. You must be invited by Exotic Dancer Publications to compete. If you have been invited and would like to fill out your release from, you may do so by CLICKING HERE
If you would like to be considered for future competitions, please contact us directly.

Q #16: What is The Gentlemens Club EXPO?

A: The Annual Gentlemen's Club EXPO is a tradeshow and convention held every year in Las Vegas to showcase the Adult Night Club Industy's latest products, ideas, entertainers and accomplishments. Anyone who is working in the Adult Night Club Industry may attend, for more information CLICK HERE

Q #17: How do I contact the event coordinator or ED?

A: You may contact members of the EDI staff by CLICKING HERE.

Q #18: What format should my music be in?

A: Music should be on BOTH a CD and USB in high qaulity mp3. You will be required to provide instructions for your music, such as intros and track changes on the stage crew sheet provided to you during registration at the event.

Q #19: Are there any special rules or considerations I should be aware of?

A: Yes, Absolutely NO contact with judges until the completion of the competition on Saturday night.

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