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All photos which have been credited in this article as "Python University Productions" were courteously provided by Erebus Photo. During the initial publication of the article ... Erebus Photo was functioning under an "Exclusive Rights Agreement" with another organization. So I was unable to properly credit the Photographer at that point in time.
In October of 2013, I had the opportunity to interview the lovely and talented Phoneix Phires.
As the two of us were talking about the situations and circumstances of her life ... I was impressed with how she wouldn't stop raving about the talents and virtues of Christina Aguchi.
How Christina had inspired her ... Encouraged her ... Tutored her. It quickly became obvious that Phoenix was placing a great deal of the credit for her success in the hands of someone she considers to be a performance mentor.
I finally had the opportunity to watch Christina in action this past March in the Vertical Pole Showdown at On The Border. Her technique was top notch as was her dedication to providing a highly entertaining show.
She returned to Club OTB in June for the Grand Prix of Exotic Dance. In this instance, the show was a free for all. Strippers vs Pole Dancers vs Burlesque Performers. There were no categories to go by. Each performer simply had to do her best routines and hope she could give the Audience and the Judges a strong reason to enjoy what she was doing.
Competing in the talent packed Premier Division ... Christina scored a solid Second Place that weekend. Competing against a skill set that included people like Ryan Ashley and Roxi D'Lite ... This was no easy accomplishment.
My one criticism of Christina's performance is that she began each round of the competition dressed in a very ornate East Asian inspired costume. And while these outfits were incredibly attractive and intriguing ... The ornate nature of each tended to restrict Christina's performance style.
During Round 1, this was no major hindrance. The high level of her talent and training were easily enough to propel the woman into the Top 3 Contenders.
But in Round 2 ... The stakes were much higher and the Judges were now forcing themselves to notice and rate each individual issue, no matter how small. Each Contestant was expected to fight with the best weapons she had in her arsenal.
It is my sincere opinion that Round 2 is where the eye catching costume had the unfortunate effect of slowing down the beginning of Christina's performance. Her momentum didn't appear to hit it's full stride until at least a minute into the routine. At which point, the enthusiasm of the Judges and the Audience was already slightly dampened.
And I'm not accusing Christina of playing it safe. The decision to use the masked costume was a very bold move. But a bold move can occasionally be a miscalculation.
Given the two opponents she was facing in Round 2 ... Christina's strongest line of attack would have been to do a routine that allowed for the maximum degree of flirtation and titillation. The way this competition was stacking up, the gal needed a tad less art and another ounce or two of sizzle.
Failing to provide this was what caused Christina Aguchi to fall to Second Place in this year's GPED.