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So You Think You Can Pole Dance

Dozens of women sign up for revealing contest

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    So You Think You Can Pole Dance
    A strip club is offering its own economic stimulus package - they're offering $5,000 to the best female stripper.

    Reality TV competitions help talented people get noticed. Some people can sing; some people can dance. But what about those folks with other talents?

    In an economic stimulus package like none other, the Admiral Theatre is hosting its very first "So You Think You Can Strip" contest beginning Thursday.

    The contest specifically calls for amateurs: "students, housewives, secretaries, and the girls next door..."

    "I don't care what you look like, what you do, what your background is," Tim Brown, marketing manager for the theater, told the Tribune. "The only qualification for this round is that you're female."

    Judges include adult celebrity "Exotica," former stripper Jennifer Whaley (a.k.a. "Sabrina Saxx"), burlesque performer Angela Eve, and talk radio producer Kenny Webster.

    "My advice would probably be not to pay attention to the trends and make sure to look your best," Whaley said. "Be aware of who you are and what your personality is and what is believable about you having fun up there."

    The contest runs for four weeks. The first-place winner will receive $5,000 and two airline tickets to Las Vegas, where she'll compete with other regional winners in the national finals.

    About 80 women had signed up as of Tuesday, but Brown attributes the high number of applicants to the poor economy. He expects two-thirds of the contestants to chicken out before the event.

    While many investors' stocks are failing, maybe these ladies can rely on their assets.

    Matt Bartosik, editor of Off the Rocks' next issue and "between blogs" blogger, does not have an erotic stage name... yet.