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: never leave money unattended; never leave the club with a customer; and never refuse a table dance.
Before the 1970s, dancers of both sexes appeared largely in underground clubs or as part of a theatre experience, but the practice eventually became common enough on its own.
Performances are usually fully choreographed, involve dance routines and a costume of some sort.
Strippers perform striptease for a number of reasons, predominantly to make money.
A stripper or exotic dancer is a person whose occupation involves performing striptease in a public adult entertainment venue such as a strip club.
At times, a stripper may be hired to perform at a bachelor party or other private event.
Modern Americanized forms of stripping minimize interaction by strippers with customers, reducing the importance of tease in the performance in favor of speed to undress (strip).
Not every stripper will end a performance completely nude, though full nudity is common where not prohibited by law.
The integration of the burlesque pole as a nearly ubiquitous prop has shifted the emphasis in the performance toward a more acrobatic, explicit expression compared to the slow-developing burlesque style. A house dancer works for a particular club or franchise, while a feature dancer tends to have her own celebrity, touring a club circuit making appearances.
Entertainers (dancers) are often not actual employees of the club itself but perform as independent contractors.
Until the 1970s, strippers in Western cultures were almost invariably female, performing to male audiences.
Since then, male strippers have also become common.