Work environment[ edit ] Strippers perform striptease for a number of reasons, predominantly to make money. The physical attractiveness and sex appeal of the dancer determines the business she tends to generate.
There are no job prerequisites; formal training is minimal, primarily on the job and provided by more senior dancers. Dancers learn a set of rules, such as: As long as she can "sell" herself, she is capable of becoming an exotic dancer.
By the s, the pole dancing and highly-explicit imagery associated with today's performers was widely accepted and frequently portrayed in film, television, and theater. In a bikini performance, both breasts and genital areas typically remain covered by revealing attire while dancers provide services and entertainment. Go-go dancers will retain their tops and bottoms for the duration of their performance. A stripper whose upper body is exposed but the genital areas remain obscured during a performance is said to be topless.
Touching of strippers is not permitted in many localities. However, some dancers and clubs allow touching of dancers during private dances. If permitted, during a lap dance the dancer grinds against the customer's crotch while he or she remains clothed in an attempt to arouse or bring the recipient to climax. Due to the common practice of hiring strippers as contractors, not as full-time employees, strippers must deal with extreme job insecurity, unstable pay, no health benefits, and the requirement of paying fees to the club for technically renting their stage.
Dancers use props such as make-up, clothing, costumes, and appealing fragrances to complete their character and maintain their " front. An essential draw of the strip club is the live entertainment, which the vast majority of the time are the strippers.
Dancers effectively entertaining customers are the key to generating revenue by keeping the customers on site and enticing them to be repeat visitors. House dancers work for a particular club or franchise. Feature dancers tend to have their own celebrity , touring a club circuit and making appearances. Porn stars will often become feature dancers to earn extra income and build their fan base. High-profile adult film performers Jenna Haze and Teagan Presley among others have participated in feature shows through the USA, as did now-retired stars such as Jenna Jameson.
Entertainers dancers are often not actual employees of the club itself but allowed to perform as independent contractors for a predetermined house fee. During each set of one or more songs, the current performer will dance on stage in exchange for tips. Where legal or legal restrictions are ignored , dancers may offer additional services such as lap dances or a trip to the champagne room for a set fee rather than a tip. Strippers can be contracted for performances outside the strip club environment.
Some strippers will only strip for private engagements and do not have a regular affiliation with a strip club. Much like activities inside the club, different dancers have different comfort levels for services they will provide during a private party.
Aside from advertising for striptease services outside the club, an unknown percentage of strippers also work in other aspects of the sex industry. This can include erotic and nude modeling , pornography , escorting , and in some cases prostitution. Stage performance Most clubs have a dancer rotation where each dancer in turn will perform for one or more songs in a fixed sequence which repeats during a shift. More informal clubs will have dancers take turns when a stage becomes empty or have a free flow of entertainers where the stage has any number of entertainers who wander off and on at will.
Feature entertainers are not usually part of the rotation, and have set times where they will perform that are advertised throughout the shift. If a DJ is present, he or she will emcee the rotation and typically announce the current dancer s on stage and possibly who to expect in future sets. Tip collection During each set of one or more songs, the current performer will dance on stage in exchange for tips. Dancers collect tips from customers either while on stage or after the dancer has finished a stage show and is mingling with the audience.
A customary tip where customers can do so at the stage is a dollar bill folded lengthwise and placed in the dancer's garter from the tip rail. Other common tip methods are to insert the dollar into the stripper's cleavage from the hand or mouth, or to simply place it or toss it onto the stage.
Tipping during a stage performance is prohibited by some clubs due to restrictions in local ordinance or past incidents on the premises. Each club and dancer will have individual tolerance levels for customer interaction including tipping.
Some clubs will have multiple stages on the premises that dancers will move between, but typically the dancer would collect for her time on the main stage during a rotation. Tips can also be collected during private dances. This fee will typically include a set fee for the room, for a set amount of time. Private dances in the main club areas most often take the form of table dances , lap and couch dances , and bed dances among others.
An air dance is a particular form of private dance where little to no contact between the dancer and customer occurs. This class of dance spans the different categories above, and some dancers can perform air dances when more contact-heavy forms of dance were expected and paid for.
Table dances are distinguished from other forms of dances in that they can be performed where the customer is seated on the main floor. Table dances also refer to a form of minimal touch private dance where the performer is physically located on a small table in front of the customer s. Table dances should not be confused with table stages, where the stripper is at or above eye level on a platform surrounded by chairs and usually enough table surface for customers to place drinks and tip money.
These stages are configured for close viewing of the striptease and are known for dancers lowering themselves from the stage onto customers during their set. Lap dances can be and are performed in all manner of seating, ranging from plain stools and kitchen-grade chairs to plush leather armchairs. They can also be performed with the customer standing in these designated areas.
A service provided by many clubs is for a customer to be placed on stage with one or more dancers for a public lap dance. Occasions for this type of performance are bachelor parties and birthdays in the club among others. Bed dances are designed for the customer to be lying down with the entertainer s positioned on top of them.
Bed dances are the least common of the three, and in many clubs, these are a more expensive option than a lap dance because of the novelty and increased level of contact between customer and service provider. A champagne room also called a champagne lounge or champagne court is a specialized VIP Room service offered by gentleman's clubs where a customer can purchase time usually in half-hour increments with an exotic dancer in a private room on the premises.
Depending on the quality of the club, the room, which is away from the hustle and bustle of the main club, is well decorated and usually has its own bar. Clubs sell champagne by the glass or by the bottle for both the dancer and the customer. Strippers who have multiple trips to VIP in a given shift will often give their portion of the alcohol to other dancers or customers to reduce the amount they are drinking themselves.
Outside the club[ edit ] Strippers can be contracted for performances outside the strip club environment. Bachelor parties Main article: Bachelor party A bachelor party may involve activities beyond the usual party and social-gathering ingredients often drinking alcohol and gambling , such as going to a strip club or hiring a stripper to perform in a private setting like a home or hotel.
In some traditions, more hazing -like tests and pranks at the future groom's expense, which shows the whole thing is also a rite of passage from bachelorhood associated with an adolescent lifestyle, often in the common past of most participants, e. These pranks can involve a stripper if the entertainer is willing. Bachelor parties have come to symbolize the last time when the groom is free of the influence of his new wife. Some women also participate in a similar party to be held for the bride-to-be.
This is known as a bachelorette party or Hen party. Some also chose instead to hold a so-called Stag and Doe party in the US or a hag party or hag do in the UK "hag" being a portmanteau "hen" and "stag" , in which both the bride and groom attend.
The female equivalent of a stag party in Canada is often known as a "stagette", "doe", or "bachelorette". Private parties Private parties are popular events for which to hire strippers. There are many entertainment businesses that have strippers contracted for private performances.
Some of these companies have a national presence, with strippers contracted in multiple states and some who work regionally over a multi-state area. Strippers will also do side work and handle their own agreements and payment arrangements.
Written agreements are atypical in this type of transaction unless a formal, registered business is involved. They could also travel over significant i. Patrons at the clubs in which the strippers work are a primary source of customers for their work outside the club.
Other activities Aside from advertising for striptease services outside the club, an unknown percentage of strippers also work in other aspects of the sex industry. This can include erotic and nude modeling, pornography, escorting, and in some cases prostitution which is now illegal in all states other than Nevada within the U.
These activities are not mutually exclusive , meaning that a stripper who models on the side would be a stripper and a model. Adult industry trade shows often have strippers working, though many of them are affiliated with individual companies and not necessarily freelancers. More traditional industries have made use of go-go dancers to provide entertainment and act as bargirls or hostesses. The lack of explicit nudity makes go-go dancers more socially acceptable than topless and nude performers in public areas.
There are also exhibitions , festivals , and competitions where independent strippers are more likely to be performing.
Nudes-A-Poppin' is a popular festival scheduled annually which features both female and male dancers competing in erotic dance. Performance[ edit ] While working, a stripper is not necessarily required to remove all of her or his clothing. Regardless of size, name, or location in the world, strip clubs can be full nude, topless or bikini. Style of dress[ edit ] In some localities, strippers are required to obtain permits to work in adult entertainment.
A female stripper whose upper body is exposed, but whose genital areas remain obscured during a performance , is said to be topless. Strippers who uncover the genital areas along with other clothing during a performance are said to be dancing fully nude. The fully nude practice is banned in many jurisdictions,  but many dancers work around these constraints by selective uncovering of the vulva , anus , or both, for short periods of time, followed by immediate replacement of the clothing.
Go-Go dancing In a bikini performance, both breasts and genital areas typically remain covered by revealing attire while providing services and entertainment. What differentiates a bikini dancer from other types of performers is the degree to which her body is exposed. The stripper, in the case of a bikini performance, may begin with layers of clothing worn over the bikini which then would be removed during the course of the dance set.
When a bikini performance is being performed, many dancers will forgo a garter because they can accept tips at various points in their outfit typically at the waist or hip or over their ribcage. A bikini performance is far more likely to be performed by a female than a male given social norms throughout the world. It has been debated whether or not bikini clubs and performances should count as striptease , but there is little contention over its classification as exotic dance.
The phrase Go-Go was adopted by bars in the s in Tokyo , Japan. It was of lesser reputation until it was appropriated by American burlesque and striptease establishments, which in turn became known as go-go bars and the women working there known as Go-Go dancers. In many clubs, while a stripper is walking the floor she will be required to wear her full bikini top and bottom. When a stripper performs personal services such as lap or bed dances where she comes into contact with a customer , she would also be required to remain in her bikini in more restrictive club environments.