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Burleskival ready to tease and tantalize Spokane

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A one-of-a-kind festival is making it's debut at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane next week, promoting the arts and highlighting the beauty of the female body.

Burleskival will walk the line between classy and provocative with local burlesque performers, tantalizing fashion show featuring local designers, live music acts and go-go dance competition.

“We wanted to bring something fresh and new to the Spokane area,” said Nancy Bates, one of the event organizers. “We're here to elevate the arts and showcase that women are beautiful in these art forms. There's a lot of tough critics out there about what burlesque is and go-go dancing is, and we want something positive to come out of this event.”

Nancy's co-organizer Dale Strom says he has high hopes for the festival and the impact it could have on Spokane's future as well.

“Spokane is great, but in the art scene we just don't promote ourselves as well as we could. We don't yet have a reputation as an art hub or art center,” Strom said. “Young people who are struggling to pay the rent in Seattle and Portland could live in Spokane, but they don't yet see Spokane as a destination to be young in. We need to do more to let people know how great this town is.”

A preview party hosted at Nyne on Wednesday showcased several of the acts along with a look at the new text-to-vote system that will allow the audience to choose a winner in the go-go competition. You can also get a look at what a treat you're in for on their facebook page.

The program is four hours with intermission, along with parties before and after where you can meet the dancers and designers. Tickets can be purchased online through Tickets West.

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