A strip club is a venue where strippers provide adult entertainment , predominantly in the form of striptease or other erotic or exotic dances.
Strip clubs typically adopt a nightclub or bar style, and can also adopt a theatre or cabaret -style. American-style strip clubs began to appear outside North America after World War II , arriving in Asia in the late s and Europe in ,  where they competed against the local English and French styles of striptease and erotic performances. Profitability of strip clubs, as with other service-oriented businesses, is largely driven by location and customer spending habits.
The better appointed a club is, in terms of its quality of facilities, equipment, furniture, and other elements, the more likely customers are to encounter cover charges and fees for premium features such as VIP rooms. The strip club as an outlet for salacious entertainment is a recurrent theme in popular culture. Clubs themselves and various aspects of the business are highlighted in these references. Popular Internet sites for strip club enthusiasts also have lists calculated from the inputs of site visitors.
The legal status of strip clubs has evolved over the course of time, with national and local laws becoming progressively more liberal on the issue around the world, although some countries such as Iceland have implemented strict limits and bans. Some clubs have been linked to organized crime. The term "striptease" was first recorded in , though "stripping", in the sense of women removing clothing to sexually excite men, seems to go back at least years.
For example, in Thomas Otway 's comedy The Soldier's Fortune a character says: "Be sure they be lewd, drunken, stripping whores". The third day, dedicated to ball and dance, was used for the finest entertainment to divert the men; their eyes were given the opportunity to see all the pleasures nature could offer; and if the pleasant aspects of a well shaped young lady are able to arouse the mind, one can say that our princes enjoyed all the delicacies of love.
Other possible influences on modern stripping were the dances of the Ghawazee "discovered" and seized upon by French colonists in 19th century North Africa and Egypt. The erotic dance of the bee , performed by a woman known as Kuchuk Hanem , was witnessed and described by the French novelist Gustave Flaubert.
In this dance the performer disrobes as she searches for an imaginary bee trapped within her garments. It is likely that the women performing these dances did not do so in an indigenous context, but rather, responded to the commercial climate for this type of entertainment.
Middle Eastern belly dance , also known as oriental dancing, was popularized in the United States after its introduction on the Midway at the World's Fair in Chicago by a dancer known as Little Egypt. By the s "fully nude" shows were provided at such places as Le Crazy Horse Saloon. At that time, British law prohibited naked girls from moving.
To avoid the prohibition, the models appeared in stationary tableaux vivants. Paul Raymond started his touring shows in and later leased the Doric Ballroom in Soho, opening his private members club, the Raymond Revuebar in This was the first of the private striptease members' clubs in Britain. Changes in the law in the s brought about a boom of strip clubs in Soho with "fully nude" dancing and audience participation. This pub striptease seems mainly to have evolved from topless go-go dancing. A custom in these pubs is that the strippers walk round and collect money from customers in a beer jug before each individual performance.
This custom appears to have originated in the late s when topless go-go dancers first started collecting money from the audience as the fee for going "fully nude". In America, striptease started in traveling carnivals and burlesque theatres, and featured famous strippers such as Gypsy Rose Lee and Sally Rand. The vaudeville trapeze artist Charmion performed a "disrobing" act onstage as early as , which was captured in the Edison film, Trapeze Disrobing Act.
The Minsky brothers brought burlesque to New York's 42nd Street. However, the burlesque theatres there were prohibited from having striptease performances in a legal ruling of , leading to the later decline of these " grindhouses " named after the bump 'n grind entertainment on offer into venues for exploitation cinema. British Columbia followed the lead around Widespread bans on striptease had a direct influence on the creation of the strip clip joint and the exotic dancer as known today.
American-style striptease began to appear outside North America in the post-World War II era and is now practiced widely around the world. The s saw a revival of striptease in the form of topless go-go dancing. Topless dancing was banned in certain parts of the country, similar to the bans on striptease, but it eventually merged with the older tradition of burlesque dancing. The club went "bottomless" on September 3, ; launching the trend of explicit " full nudity " in American striptease dancing.
Originally an X-rated movie theater, this striptease club pioneered lap dancing in , and was a major force in popularizing it in strip clubs on a nationwide and eventually worldwide basis. Prior to that, live adult entertainment in New York consisted largely of seedy peep show-type places," according to adult industry veteran Joe Diamond.
American-style striptease became popular in Japan during the U. Some girls chose to strip in theaters as an alternative to prostitution. Teitoza was the first club to open in Shinjuku, on 15 January The first act was titled "The Birth of Venus". The woman on stage stood in a stationary pose, similar to shows in Britain. The show ran until August Theaters in Asakusa had fully nude displays,  also featuring no motion or stripping.
As this style of theater spread,  the removal of clothing on stage was integrated into the process. Over time, as regulations were relaxed, a variety of acts developed with shows presenting a variety of movements such as taking a bath in an outdoor washtub. One of the most famous variants had audience members given magnifying glasses for close up views.
During the s, Japanese "strip shows" became more sexually explicit and less dance-oriented, until they were eventually simply live sex shows.
Peeping clubs, which feature peeping rooms nozokibeya , are businesses where a customer views a girl through a hole from his own private cubicle. The customer then pays to watch a girl strip, pose, and masturbate. American-style strip clubs are often structured as nightclubs or bars.
High-end establishments are commonly referred to as "gentlemen's clubs",  complete with luxury features and services. More down-market competitors can be known by various names, such as titty bars, rippers, peelers, skin bars, girly bars, nudie bars, bikini bars or go-go bars.
Regardless of size, name, or location in the world, strip clubs can be full nude, topless or bikini. For any of the three types of clubs there are exceptions based on the individual dancer and management. The use of pasties can alter the legal interpretation as to whether a performance is topless or not and whether a business is sexually oriented. A club might also hire or broadcast forms of entertainment other than striptease such as pay-per-view events , for which it earns revenue via premium fees.
Some clubs have also moved into providing chat and broadcast services via the internet, including live video feeds. This fee will typically include a set fee for the room, for a fixed amount of time. During a lap dance, the dancer rubs against the customer's crotch while he or she remains clothed, in an attempt to arouse or bring the recipient to climax.
A striptease is an erotic or exotic dance in which the performer gradually undresses, either partly or completely, in a seductive and sensual manner. The main job of a stripper is to entertain and keep the clients on dreaming while being a semi "psychologist".
The person who performs a striptease is commonly known as a " stripper " or exotic dancer. Most strippers are female, with less than a third of strippers being male strippers.
Restrictions on venues may be through venue licensing requirements and constraints and a wide variety of national and local laws. These laws vary considerably around the world, and even between different parts of the same country.
Striptease involves a slow, sensuous undressing. The stripper may prolong the undressing by making sure that the sensual build up has been properly done using techniques such as the wearing of actual clothes or putting clothes or hands in front of just undressed body parts such as the breasts or genitalia in a sensual and playful manner.
The emphasis is on the act of undressing along with sexually suggestive movement, rather than the state of being undressed. In the past, the performance often finished as soon as the undressing was finished, though today's strippers usually continue dancing in the nude.
In some cases, audience interaction can form part of the act, with audience urging the stripper to remove more clothing, or the stripper approaching the audience to interact with them.
Unlike in burlesque theater, the modern popular form of strip theater can minimize the interaction of customer and dancer, reducing the importance of tease in the performance in favor of speed to undress. In peep shows , done with a customer seated in a private booth separated from a dancer by glass or plastic,  there may be no music playing during a performance, in which the woman removes her clothes and displays her body to the customer.
In clubs which offer lingerie modeling shows, which are peep shows where a dancer privately dances and strips for a customer, typically without a barrier, performances can also be done with or without a formal stage or music. Private dances in the main club zones 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 may perform air dances when more contact-heavy forms of dance were expected and paid for. Club management may set standard prices for the various dance services, but individual strippers, where permitted, will negotiate their own prices, which may be higher or lower than the advertised rate. 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.
Where offered, lap dances are performed in all manner of locations and 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, among others. Bed dances are the least common of the three, and in many clubs are a more expensive option than a lap dance because of the novelty and increased level of contact between customer and service provider. Strip clubs are profit-oriented businesses like restaurants and other retail establishments. Performers and staff are the primary customer service representatives in the club environment.
Dancers are their primary vehicle to entice customers to spend time and money in the establishment. Dancers continually interact with the customers in the club. They walk around and solicit drinks and lap dances, usually scanning the club floor to find the most lucrative customer to greet. The dancer qualifies a customer by sizing up their appearance and personal characteristics. Once the dancer identifies a suitable customer, she approaches, and attempts to establish a social relationship. Interaction can also be initiated by customers.
Dancers make most of their income from giving lap dances or VIP dances, where regulations allow. Otherwise, customer tips, at the stage, are a dancer's primary form of income. They sell the fantasy of sex, but do not typically follow through with the act. Dancers, in an attempt to acquire a tip or monetary reward, may be selling more than just attractiveness and fantasy.
They portray feelings of intimacy and emotional connectedness for their customers and most of the time these portrayals are overstated or false.