Strip clubs are not all created equal. It’s more than just sleazy or classy, far away or close to home. Finding work as an exotic dancer takes a little research and good sense. Know thyself.
Types of Clubs
Bikini bars, topless bars, and nude bars all seem to fall under the category “strip club.” The sub groups define the amount of clothing that comes off. Rather than choosing a club strictly by the types of outfits worn (and how much comes off), dancers need to look for details like proximity to customers, bar service available, and the amount of contact allowed.
Take, for instance, the “standard” topless bar. Depending on location, there are different levels of exposure and contact. For example, Columbus, Georgia currently does not allow any contact. Nipples must be covered with paint or pasties. A personal dance means a dancer moves to a side stage and the customer sits in a chair and observes from feet away.
Topless clubs in Phoenix, Arizona allow table dances, but the rule is one foot on the floor, no contact with the customer’s crotch, and no contact initiated by the customer. While that sounds straightforward and reasonably innocuous, the devil’s in the details. Unlike in the clubs of Columbus, GA, this allows the dancer to actually touch the customer’s face with her breasts.
Nude bars are exactly that – completely nude.
Where bikini bars allow no more nudity than you would expect at any public beach, topless bars commonly require at least a G-string. Nude bars allow the dancers to remove all covering, though they will typically keep shoes and a garter to collect money.
In nude bars the level of contact is generally much greater than that of other clubs. Location determines the local blue laws. In some, contact with the crotch is allowed. This is the case in Phoenix, Arizona. In Lagrange, Georgia, there is currently a ‘one foot on the floor’ rule. However, the less shy, not to mention more ambitious, the dancer, the more tips she will make. Sometimes, the dancer with more scruples will make far less money. If “more scruples” applies to you, beware of what you’re up against.
All other factors being equal, a dancer’s income will increase as her clothing decreases. If you don’t want to work completely nude, you’ve already limited your income, but it isn’t the only or even the most important factor.
Some nude bars do not allow strip clubs to serve alcohol at all, such as Phoenix, AZ. Some clubs can only serve beer and wine, and some can serve liquor. Some clubs serve alcohol, but don’t allow the dancers to drink. Some have no such rule.
In general, the more types of alcohol available to the customer, the more profit is likely. On the other hand, the more restrictive the club is, the safer it is likely to be.
Why it matters.
Imagine you’re not concerned with the amount of skin revealed. Unclothed is unclothed, right? It’s time to consider how much proximity you can stand.
Some don’t care much. They are comfortable with touching, and possibly being touched. That means a very uninhibited person who can work in any stage of undress, with any rules. Now consider money.
If you find a nude bar that allows no contact, you may make less than you might at a topless bar allowing slight to moderate contact. In this case, you may want to consider the topless or bikini bar.
How Well Do You Dance?
A talented dancer has a leg up on a stiff or mediocre one. Of course, this assumes an ability to chat when requested and a good attitude. If you are not a talented dancer – and it’s best to be honest with yourself – the bar with minimal to nil contact is probably not for you. Unless you are the visual equivalent of a goddess with charm to match, all you’ll get is pity tips, and these don’t add up to much.
The mediocre dancer might consider a club with more contact. This doesn’t mean find the sleazy bar, it means you need the chance to use your seductive charm. That’s a lot easier down on the floor where you can talk to customers than it is up on the stage. Also, you’ll make better money if you can remove more clothing.
If you are an excellent dancer, combining seductiveness with amazing pole tricks, you probably don’t need to worry about level of contact or clothing. Do what’s most comfortable. Of course, if you’re that together, you’re probably already an experienced dancer.
Do you know how to talk to people, or are you shy? If you are inexperienced, it may not matter.
Talking to people in a strip club requires a combination of acting skill and situation control. All night, you will be controlling situations to get money out of the wallet and into your g-string or garter. You will also be fending off offers of all sorts of illegal activity. Drugs, sex, money for illegal acts…there’s one in every crowd trying to take a stripper home or get more contact than is allowed. You’ll need to learn to say “no” without rancor, and go on with your evening. This is not your typical nine to five.
This is another area where you need to be honest with yourself. The good body should be a given. What some inexperienced clubbers often find is that the term “good” is relative. There is a club in Atlanta that prides itself on providing the freak show. This does not necessarily mean classic beauty. Something to consider: beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.
Successful strippers are not always blondes with breast implants. Sometimes they are dark haired with almost nonexistent breasts. Some are not rail thin. Rarely are they obese or very out of shape. Unless you have an extraordinary talent, assume you need to have minimal body fat and an attractive face to work in the better clubs. If not, your choices are limited. You can still make a living.
Last but in no way least, consider security. Does the club employ a bouncer? Is he alert? Does he parttake of the alcohol? It matters.
Work in a strip club does take forethought. It is not easy money. Simply going through the phone book will lead to an unsatisfactory work experience.
Go visit the clubs. Learn the culture of the club you’re considering before you commit.
Please do remember that laws applying to the sex industry change about as often as the goals of the nearest civic group or city council appointments. What is legal or allowed in a club today may not be so next month. By the time you read this, the clubs you were considering may have changed policies or been shut down.