How to Win a Strip-Club Championship, According to the Pole-Dancing Pros

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Courtesy of Tootsie's Cabaret
Meet Pole Kat, "entertainer of the exotic nature."

Hey, ladies! What if there was a way to get in shape, commune with fellow women, and win a ton of money? You'd be excited, right? And how about if we meant pole dancing?

Dawn Price is a dedicated fitness instructor with ten years of experience teaching everyday women how to pole dance for themselves. This weekend, she'll judge a slew of entertainers vying for the Summer Pole Party Competition's big $15,000 cash prize at Tootsie's Cabaret.

These women are highly-skilled dancers from all kinds of backgrounds, but Price promises the women she teaches at Iron Flower Fitness are just average ladies, young and old, big and small. She says, with the right attitude, any woman can be a pole dancing vixen.

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Gathering of the Juggalos' Night Court, Where ICP Fans Stand Trial for Their Crimes

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Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith
Check out Crossfade's 183-photo slideshow: Wild Scenes at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014.

Those in the outside world tend to view the Gathering of the Juggalos as a lawless festival of debauchery, with apparently violent clowns -- "gang members," even, if you ask the U.S. government -- running rampant and chaos ruling the day.

In actuality, this notion is far from the truth. Juggalos in attendance not only consistently treat one another with respect, but even have an institutionalized arbiter of disputes for when conflict does arise.

Have an issue with a fellow juggalo? Take them to Juggalo Night Court.

See also: Talking to Cops at Gathering of the Juggalos

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Travis Scott on Why "This Trill Ain't Just Gold Grills and Sippin' Lean"

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Courtesy of Epic Records

He growls. He flashes gold grills with fangs. He's Travi$ Scott.

Signed to the production wing of Kanye West's GOOD Music, with credits on Cruel Summer and Yeezus, many consider this 22-year-old Houston rapper and studio pro to be 'Ye's protégé and possible heir.

Now, more than a year after the release of his debut mixtape, Owl Pharaoh, Scott is preparing the release of his first full-length album, Rodeo. And before he hits downtown Miami's Grand Central tomorrow night, we here at Crossfade got the chance to ask him about the forthcoming slab, the nature of trill, and his worst nightmares.

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Miami's Ten Best Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

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Photo by Karli Evans

In the 305, partying isn't something you do ... It's a lifestyle.

That's why nothing stops us from enjoying late-night outings jam packed with great music and wild memories, not even an empty wallet.

Just check out the ten best things to do under $10 this weekend.

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Vogue: A Seven-Part Guide to Ballroom Culture

Categories: Interviews

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Photo by: J. Pierce
Dancers will do anything to impress the judges at Catwalk, once a month Sunday at the Garret.

In post-Internet society, things don't stay hidden for long. But there is a subculture with more than three decades of relevance that has inspired its own documentary, been co-opted by Madonna, and yet, remarkably, remains largely misunderstood.

"Walk down the street in Fort Lauderdale or South Beach, stop 20 gay men and ask them or mention to them the icons in the ballroom scene," says Power Infinity, mother of the House of Infinity and ballroom culture veteran of more than 20 years.

"Most of them wouldn't even know, never heard of 'em. It's such an underground world that not even most of our own community knows about it," he continues. "When you actually go to the balls, there's so much talent. It's like Cirque Du Soleil, but all this talent is so hidden. The rest of the world never gets to see it."

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Jellybean Benitez: "A Lot of EDM is Lacking Passion"

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Photo by Marc Baptiste

Dance music culture as we know it today owes much to the seminal New York City scene of the '70s and '80s, and pioneering DJs like John "Jellybean" Benitez. While he would go on to an illustrious career as a producer, putting his Midas touch on chart-topping hits by the likes of Madonna and Whitney Houston, Benitez's artistic identity today remains firmly rooted in that golden era of nightlife he helped found.

On his fondest memories of that time, Benitez tells Crossfade: "I was able to witness and hear some of the greatest DJs in NYC during their prime, at the residency that made them famous. For example, Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage, David Mancuso at the Loft, and Richie Kaczor at Studio 54."

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Talking to Cops at Gathering of the Juggalos

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Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith
Check out Crossfade's 157-photo NSFW slideshow from Gathering of the Juggalos 2014, Day One.

What's different about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio? Well, the cops for one thing.

During last year's event, set in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, we encountered minimal security. The gatekeepers and patrol staff, which seemed to be just exceptionally large juggalos in "SECURITY" shirts, peered into backpacks to eliminate glass bottles and fireworks. Aside from that, they pretty much did nothing except hang out and then -- only after someone died of a drug overdose -- reactively shut down the Gathering's infamous drug bridge.

See also: Gathering of the Juggalos' Night Court, Where ICP Fans Stand Trial for Their Crimes

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Finnegan's River in Brickell Closing

Categories: News

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Finnegan's River via facebook.com
Say goodbye to Finnegan's River.

"After eight years in business, the iconic Finnegan's River is closing its doors to make room for a high rise condominium."

That's how one of Brickell's best bars officially broke the news of its closure via an email sent to New Times.

Sunday will mark the end of an era of Miami Heat mayhem and some of the wildest Winter Music Conference and year-round pool parties this side of the bridge. And in celebration of its eight years, the Magic City's "sprawling urban oasis" accessible "by land or by sea" will be bidding its adieu with a farewell party.

See also: Mova Lounge Closes: South Beach and Brickell

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Miami's Life in Color Presents "World's Largest Halftime Show" at Champions Cup Final

Categories: Music Festivals

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Photo by George Martinez

Party on the pitch, people.

Miami's Life in Color -- the homegrown EDM production company formerly known as Dayglow -- went from epic college rager to "World's Largest Paint Party" after being acquired by entertainment mogul Robert F. X. Sillerman in 2012.

And now LIC is set to present the "World's Largest Halftime Show" at the Guinness International Champions Cup Final soccer match in Miami.

See also: Life in Color Festival on "Growing From the Bottom Up"

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Miami's Five Best New Dance Clubs

Categories: Lists, Nightlife

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"When one club closes, another one opens."

That seems to be the Golden Rule when it comes to Miami's fickle nightlife scene. Just take a look at the past 12 months.

Within the last year alone, the Magic City has lost several party gems, and with it, some of our favorite weekly bashes, DJs, and hangout spots. But at the same time, new clubs have risen from the ashes of the fallen.

While nothing can replace the forgotten memories and drunken shenanigans that took place at these nightlife havens, there are new (and by new we mean late 2013 and beyond) clubs to be excited about.

Here are Miami's five best new dance clubs.

See also: South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

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