Ryann Reflections

A glimpse into the life of one anti-social stripper nerd.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Stiletto Storm!!

I have a new project. I’m teamed up with another dancer, Fiona Phoenix, and we’re in the process of creating something incredible. It’s been taking a lot of my energy, and it’s going to take even more.

So… this is what I’ve been up to. We’re out of the closet now and hitting the ground running. I’m super excited!!!

The first story about our project appeared in the Vancouver Courier today.

Daring young women on flying trapeze
Exotic dancers plan Vegas-style circus show in July 2008

Sandra Thomas
Vancouver Courier

Friday, September 07, 2007

Imagine a performance similar to Cirque du Soleil, only sexier.

That's how dancer Ryann Rain describes the first annual National Exotic Dance Championship she's helping organize.

"Most people never see the types of performance these girls can do and they want to show off their skills," said Rain, who doesn't use her real name. "It's so empowering for everyone."

Rain says many exotic dancers have formal training. While she studied ballet as a child and Ukrainian dance for nine years, her business partner Fiona Phoenix, who's helping organize the national championship, participated in gymnastics for 20 years. The two recently founded Stiletto Storm Productions, and the show will be their first large project. Rain explains Stiletto Storm was formed to honour and protect the future of the "art and heart of exotic dance in Canada."

Rain promises the three-day, non-nude competition will be a burlesque-style show at the Vancouver Playhouse worthy of Las Vegas. It will include gymnastics, contortionists, tub shows and aerial circus acts.

"We'll be having a trapeze installed in the rafters," said Rain, who also took part in the third annual Exotic Dancers for Cancer fundraiser last March at the now defunct Drake Showlounge. "Some of the aerial acts are unbelievable."

Rain said she and Phoenix decided to organize a national championship after becoming disillusioned with smaller competitions they'd attended.

"They weren't very positive and not very empowering for dancers," said Rain.

She believes power must be returned to female dancers in an industry dominated by men. She noted the crowds visiting strip clubs are no longer mostly male, and the show is a result of that change in demographic.

"Since pole dancing has become so popular we've seen a huge influx of women at strip clubs," said Rain. "In Vancouver the number of females at a club is easily 15 to 30 per cent, and on a Friday night in Victoria it can be 70 per cent."

Rain feels despite the shift, most strip clubs don't cater to their ever-increasing female clientele. She believes the gap creates an opportunity for Stiletto Storm to step in. She added that while the championship show will focus on the women, men are more than welcome.

"I'm sure there'll be a lot of boyfriends and husbands tagging along," she said.

The show isn't scheduled until next July, but Rain is seeking sponsors now. She's concerned some corporate sponsors will be scared off by the stigma attached to exotic dancing. Money raised at the March fundraiser was initially going to be donated to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, but the society refused the gift. The society told event organizers some major donors deemed the source of the donation too controversial.

Rain hopes that isn't the case in finding sponsors for next year's national championship and looks for support from women's organizations, activists and business.

"This is a great opportunity for any corporate sponsors who would benefit from a large target audience of women between the age of 21 and 45," said Rain. "It's all about women."

For more information contact stilettostorm@gmail.com.

© Vancouver Courier 2007



  • At 1:03 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaire said…

    Excellent idea. I am looking forward to it.

    You better get ready, though, since it is going to be a ton of work.

    Try casting your net as wide as possible for finding sponsors. E.g.:
    1-Gyms that offer pole dancing lessons

    2- Clothes designers/stores. Such as sports wear, etc

    3-Web casting on the net. E.g. Playboy channel, etc

    4- If it is "artistic" enough you may even qualify for some Government funding.

  • At 12:55 AM, Blogger Tyler said…

    The idea is awesome and I wish you the best in your venture with it. I wish there was something I could do to help!

    Thanks for chatting to me about it today. I can't wait to see this unfold!

  • At 3:00 AM, Blogger Glamourpuss said…

    That sounds incredible - I want to come. Please, please, please? I'll bring my own pole, and hoop...


  • At 4:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sounds like its gonna be quite the show. Good luck

  • At 10:33 AM, Blogger KellyNerd said…

    R: I am so very very impressed with you and your idea. Please keep us posted.


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