the best thing that could’ve happened to the Exotic Dancers For Cancer
is when some toffee-nosed charities refused their stripathon money a
few years back.
A lot of folks bridled at that caste-implied
snobbery. The ED4C’s efforts gained a higher profile and, subsequently,
larger hauls for charity.
The dancers’ sixth annual fund raiser
takes to the stage this Thursday at Vancouver’s Cecil Showlounge. (May
24 at the Fox Showroom in Victoria.) “Last year we raised $10,000, and
I’d love to beat that,” says Ryann Rain, whose company, Stilettostorm,
is organizing the show in Vancouver.
“The theme this year is
‘Believe,’ so it’s this whole fantasy atmosphere of hope and beauty and
inclusion — this really fun atmosphere.” Along with organizing
fund-raisers, Rain’s company holds erotic arts workshops, philosopher
cafes, and provided most of the entertainment for the Naughty But Nice
trade shows in Vancouver and Abbotsford.
“I customize the show
for the event, so Exotic Dancers For Cancer is a stripathon — it’s
very much about exotic dancing. Abbotsford, they would set us on fire
if we did that.” Says Rain: “One of the reasons Exotic Dancers For
Cancer is so dear to my heart is that it allows people an opportunity
to support the cause in a sex-positive, women-positive event — and
remember that really it comes down to cancer doesn’t discriminate and
nor should we.”