Annie Lane was selected as one of the four featured pole entertainers at this year’s ED’s Awards Show at The Joint Theater in Las Vegas. As the awards presenters read off the names for the “Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year” Award, Annie heard her name mentioned as one of the award nominees. But since she was already on stage as a pole entertainer, she wasn’t going to win this award … right?! It’s no surprise, then, that Annie was shocked and thrilled when her name was announced as the winner.
“I was performing on the pole during the awards show, and I was on stage, supposed to pole dance, during the announcement of this award,” Annie recalls “I had wild and conflicting thoughts about whether I was asked to perform because I won, or because I did not win! All the nominees were amazing, and I am truly honored to be chosen out of this talented group.”
Annie’s 2018 began auspiciously as well, as she competed in the Showgirl Division (the more “advanced” division) of the EDI for the first time at the EDI West (Centerfolds Cabaret, Las Vegas), where her “Power Rangers” show helped her take home the “Audience Favorite” mini title. We had the chance to catch up with the New England native and ask her about her big award win at Expo, what she loves most about being a feature entertainer and what her favorite music to listen to on and off the strip club stage. Her customized Spotify playlist comes courtesy of Bob Chiappardi and StripJointsMusic.com!
THE ED PUB: What does it mean to you to win the ED’s Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year Award amongst such a prestigious group of nominees?
ANNIE: Winning Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year Award is a significant milestone in my featuring career. I have only been featuring for few years, and this awards means a lot to me. Every person who voted for me, whether they are fans, club managers, DJs, or staff, deserves a thank you for taking the time and choosing to vote for me.
THE ED PUB: You competed in your first “Showgirl” division at the EDI contests this year; how much more challenging is this “upper” division, and how will you approach competing in 2019?
ANNIE: Moving from the newcomers division to the showgirl division is a big step. I was competing with the best and most talented ladies in the industry! Most of them have been featuring for much longer than I have, and have participated in more competition than me. Each one of them has brings something unique in her show, and does her best performance. To compete at this level, my shows have to be designed with the highest attention to detail. I have to rehearse my dance routine, practice on my pole and aerial lyra, and work hard to bring the best show I can to the competition.
THE ED PUB: What have been some of the keys to going from being a newcomer to being the Club Favorite Entertainer award winner? How were you able to make this progression?
ANNIE: Since I started featuring few years ago, I have performed at many clubs around the country. I consider every club I perform at a step towards improving myself. I try to modify and improve my shows, update my music, and get feedback from the club manager and/or the DJ. I also keep learning more and more skills. Since I started featuring, I have taught myself fire-dancing and fire-eating, aerial silks and aerial lyra, and a lot of pole tricks! I also keep making new shows to perform at competitions and in bookings. Every addition to my shows, and every skill I learn, is a step towards becoming a better feature entertainer.
THE ED PUB: What is your favorite part of being a touring feature entertainer?
ANNIE: I enjoy traveling to new places and visiting cities that I have not been to before. I also enjoy meeting new people and making new friends.
THE ED PUB: Since you’re getting your own Spotify playlist, I have to ask about music: What are your favorite bands and types of music to listen to when you’re not in a club performing? What is the best concert you’ve attended recently?
ANNIE: I like different genres of music, depending on what I am doing. When I am not working, I listen to music that is different from what was playing in the club. For example, if the music at work was mostly rock, I’d listen to EDM when I am home or rap when I am at the gym. My two favorite concerts that I have attended are Justin Timberlake and Lindsey Stirling.
More about Annie!
Where do you hail from (born and raised): A small town near Boston
How many years have you been dancing: I started dancing when I was 18
How many years have you featured: I have been featuring for 3 years
Favorite type of music: The music I listen to depends on my mood and what I’m doing. I listen to almost all genres of music: rock, rap, EDM, and pop!
Favorite recording artist: Britney Spears and Lindsey Stirling
Favorite song to dance to: It depends on what I’m doing on stage. I listen to Lindsey Stirling when I’m dancing on my aerial lyra. I like listening to Ciara “Paint it, black” when I am pole dancing, and I listen to some heavy metal (for example, Five Finger Death Punch’s “Jekyll and Hyde”) when I am performing with fire
Favorite song to listen to: This changes every week! The music I listen to changes frequently. These days, I listen to Bon Jovi “It’s My Life” and Rae Sremmurd’s “Come Get Her”
Favorite club manager: There are so many club managers that I consider my favorite. I cannot name one person 🙂
Favorite DJ: Same as the question above. I have met a lot of club DJs and most of them are amazing. I cannot name one DJ.
Favorite part of your work night: Going on stage! I enjoy dancing and I love to perform on stage.
Pet working peeve: It’s not that serious, but it happened so many times! When I am featuring, some customers get upset when I tell them that I am not a porn star! I explain to them that I am a feature entertainer and a performer, but they seem to have an expectation that all guest performers at the club are porn stars. The exact opposite happened one time, where a customer told me that I looked better in person than in my porn videos. I did not have the heart to tell him!
Advice for new feature dancers: I think the best advice I can give is to be yourself. Your shows and performances will be at their best when you are doing what you like and when you are enjoying what you’re doing. Your shows should have your own style and personality. And most importantly, always use others’ feedback to improve your shows and become a better feature.