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The majority of questions y’all ask me all have to do with one thing: dancing at an urban/black club.
And I totally get it. The urban club hustle is a hard one to crack. In fact, I’m STILL trying to figure out how to make GOOD money EVERY night. Every dancer in Houston has told me it’s NOT possible, but my dumbass is still gonna try.
The point is, along with many other things in black culture, black strip clubs are exclusive and prosperous. AND CONFUSING AF.
To try and weed through all the aspects that go into being a successful dancer at an urban club, I’m going to break it down into three parts:
- Getting hired
- Making money
- Dealing with people
As always, I am disclosing that these hustle tips are MY experiences, they are what I’ve observed and lived through here in Houston, but regardless, I hope at least some things can apply to YOU and your situation so that we can all make this shmoney.
This is the easiest part. Like, too fucking easy that it borders on illegal sometimes.
Your best bet is to call the club or DM one of their social media pages and ask when they hire dancers, what you’ll need to bring and if there’s an audition.
I’ve gone through three different hiring processes at urban clubs.
The first went like this:
I showed up right around opening (when it’s always dead bc 9/10 an urban club is an afterhours spot) and asked to speak to a hiring manager.
The hiring manager then barely looked at me, asked for my ID, made a copy without really looking at it, and gave me a run-down of the rules (no selling drugs or pussy).
The second, and most common in my experience, was a little more in depth:
Showed up around opening as always and asked for the hiring manager.
The manager then actually speaks to me, asks me where I’ve danced before, where I’m from, etc. and then I fill out a paper application along with handing over my ID. The application is nothing special, just name, address, emergency contact, experience, social media handles, etc.
This is followed with a tour and the rules, along with any questions I had.
The third and most uncommon process (at least here in Houston where there are no rules lol):
I’d show up at the scheduled time, fill out an application along, go through a mini interview.
Then if they want to hire you, they’ll ask for your ID AND your social security CARD. Not just the number, but the card. They’ll make copies of both for your background check.
They’ll run a background check on you and call you in a few days to let you know if you passed and when you can start.
There was one club that I literally just paid my tip out and worked, but that is NOT the norm.
Auditions aren’t really a thing here in Houston, I’ve NEVER had to audition to get hired, but I know that in a lot of other cities you can’t get hired without auditioning. I also think it’s more of a white club thing tbh.
For audition tips scroll down to “Stage Sets.”
Look presentable, y’all.
At black clubs especially, have your hair and NAILS!!! done. That’s super important not only to get hired, but to make money.
My go to outfit is jeans (skinny obvi, I feel like I shouldn’t have to say this, but some people are still wearing boot cut in 2018 so idk) and a form fitting top. I feel like it’s classy, but still shows off my figure without doing too much. Wear whatever feels good to you, for real I really don’t think they care too much.
NOW. I know some cities require a LICENSE. I don’t know a single thing about any of that, so do your research. Call the club or google the laws in your city.
This is the hard/complicated part. We all know stripping ISN’T always easy. There’s A LOT that goes into making being a successful dancer- I’m talking outfits, bundles, pole tricks, etc. It alllll ties together with your hustle and you can’t have one (a good look) without the other (hustle). The actual “dancing” is the easy part.
I had a very eye-opening conversation with an old pimp on a slow night near the beginning of my career. He dropped some major truth bombs that really opened my eyes to what it takes to make money at a black club.
TRUTH BOMB 1) You are an EXOTIC DANCER. Look like one!!!
These niggas come into this joint to see EXOTIC and NAKED women. And by “exotic” we mean women who don’t look like the women in their lives.
We’re talking long, flowing hair. Acrylics in a bold color. Beat face. Banging bodies.
Look, I knoooow it’s a little hard to hear, but it’s the truth. All bodies ARE beautiful, NATURAL is beautiful, BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT (most of) THESE NIGGAS ARE LOOKING FOR.
They’re looking for women like the ones they follow on IG. The gag is these women aren’t “real.” They’re a fantasy. So it’s your job to play your part and feed into the fantasy if you want to make the big bags.
TRUTH BOMB 2) Your outfit DOES matter. Being 70% naked isn’t going to cut it, what you do have on needs to be on POINT.
At this point you’re probably rolling your eyes at this thinking that you can make money in anything and that the outfit doesn’t matter… okay sis. But if you’re really trying to squeeze every last dollar out of a shift at a black club then you’ll take my advice. EVERYTHING makes a difference.
You can’t walk into an urban club in the same lacey lingerie you wear at the white clubs and expect men to just dump all their money on you.
Urban clubs are land of the one pieces. And not the boring, cheap kind either. We’re talking blinged out, creative cutouts (bonus if the cutout exposes your stomach), in shiny material or mesh. I looooooove that one pieces are the norm cause then I don’t have to worry about what I eat for dinner before work 🤪.
The average one piece will run you about $70-$100.
Two pieces are *also* popular, especially if they’re teeny and made out of a shiny material or blinged out.
Shoes… 90% of the dancers in an urban club are going to be wearing the blinged out boots.
This is a classic look for urban club strippers! Blinged out bodysuit, mid calf boots, and peep the nails, hair, and makeup!
Hoe Tip: Go to the instagram pages for the local clubs in your area to see what the dancers are wearing!
Let’s jump right in to making dat shmoney.
Money is made in three ways in an urban club:
- Stage sets
- VIP Sections
- Table dances
*Some clubs do have private rooms, but in my experience urban club customers like people to SEE them spending money as it contributes to the party atmosphere and its often better for the club because it convinces other people to spend money too.
Stage. I have a love/hate relationship with going on stage.
Unfortunately for me (as a very unspectacular stage dancer), going on stage can be VERY lucrative at black clubs. Most stage sets on a well-staffed night will last anywhere from two to four songs. The goal is to 1) make as much money in those two to four songs as possible and 2) market yourself to the customers on the floor so that you’ll have money waiting for you once you get off stage.
Additionally, on busy nights, the DJ and club will put more than one girl on stage at a time. The money then made on stage is split equally between all the dancers on stage.
Your stage sets should include three things: dancing, floor work, and pole tricks.
POP DAT PU$$Y.
That’s really all there is to the “dancing” part. Learn how to twerk and a few booty tricks and learn how to do sexily and you’ll be good to go.
Hoe tip: Don’t dance to fast! You should be spending 10-20 seconds on each “move.” Anything else is way too fast in my opinion and it’s the quickest way to get tired and run out of things to do on stage! Just because it’s trap/rap/hiphop music doesn’t mean you have to be dancing at million miles a second!
Like dis 👆🏽
Floor adds an extra sensual feel to your stage sets and customers loooove to see a hot bitch face down, ass up.
My go-to floor moves are: getting onto my hands and knees and twerking (up and down) and shaking (side to side), getting on my hands and forearms/chest (really play up that sexy arch) and twerking/shaking ass, and then rolling sexily onto my back and basically shaking and spreading my legs. These moves are super basic and look good being done by pretty much anyone!
Being on the floor is also the best time to incorporate sexy poses! Sexily just get into a flattering position and sensually pose for a few seconds. Poses like the sexy arch, rolling onto your back and crossing your ankles (it gives a nice little flash of the pu$$y lol), getting up onto your knees and rubbing your own booty, and running your hands up your thighs, etc. all look incredibly sexy- especially if you’re confident and make eye contact with customers! Posing will eat up a lot of stage time and will also slow you down!
I know everyone doesn’t know how to work the pole. Some dancers don’t even touch it and still make bank, BUT if we’re talking about ways to make the MOST money and how to be a super successful dancer then I think it’s in your best interest to learn at least some basic spins and how to climb the pole. It can only help!
You can learn the pole by either going to a pole dancing studio and being taught by instructors OR you can just teach yourself or have another dancer help you out while the club is slow.
Many pole dancing studios have new client specials or groupons, so definitely do your research before choosing a studio if that’s the route you want to take.
If you go the route of teaching yourself, utilize instructional youtube videos and your fellow dancers!
Some basic things to know on the pole: the fireman spin, how to climb the pole, and how to invert. These three skills are the foundation for everything else!
Simple, yet still impressive pole tricks. Climb, invert, and release!
Sections are where I make the BULK of my money, but it’s also where I encounter the BULK of the bullshit.
Sections are like private rooms at a white club, just without the privacy.
People pay for VIP sections to ensure that they have their own space in the club, they’ll have their own waitress, they usually get bottle service, and they usually will have four (sometimes more) dancers in the section.
The way it works is, a customer/group of customer will arrive to their section, get situated (drinks, food, money, etc.), choose their dancers, and then start throwing money. Allll the money thrown in that section belongs to the dancers in that section and those dancers ONLY. The gag is as dancer you have to equally split the money between however many of y’all are in the section, but if you’re at a good club it should only be four of y’all (unless it’s a celebrity or a BIG section) and the money thrown should be enough for everyone to leave happy.
When you’re in a section all you have to do is dance! If the customers are cool they’ll let you drink and smoke with them and it’s basically one big party. Just shake dat ass and look cute as the money rains 🤑.
Hoe tip: Hold you weight in a section. Don’t be that girl who isn’t working as hard as the other dancers in the section. It’ll give you bad karma and will make all the other dancers not like you.
That’s the easy part. The part that takes work is actually getting into the section. There are two ways to get into a section: get chose or have a manager put you into the section. If you don’t have some type of deal with a manager, then you have to get chose.
Getting chosen is a delicate art.
You need to be near the section so that the customers can see you (and be wowed by your immense beauty *emoji*), but you don’t want to look too desperate. You definitely want to be one of the first girls in the area so that you can get a chance to introduce yourself, but you don’t want to look thirsty. If you approach the group too soon you’ll be forgotten or pushed out, but if you wait too long you’ll miss your opportunity. It’s a fine line that takes being able to read people and finesse.
I usually try to get a read on the group before deciding how to play it. If they seem receptive, I’ll go and introduce myself (to EVERY member of the group). If not, I’ll stand close by, but not too close, and try to make eye contact with a member of the group (hopefully the one with the money). It’s honestly all about being SEEN. This isn’t a time to be shy.
You’ll learn what works in your club and your city. It’s different everywhere and what works one night may not work the next. That’s, unfortunately, how this shit works. Stripping is inconsistent 🤷🏽♀️.
AKA working the floor.
Conversation levels will depend on the club. At some clubs, talking is not required and you can literally just shake your ass in a customer’s face and get some money (anywhere from $1-$100s lol). At other clubs you may have to actually charm the customer with more than just your body. Just observe how the other dancers work the floor.
Don’t sleep on working the floor 🗣🗣🗣.
A lot of girls make most of their money from table dances!
How much *dancing* you actually do definitely depends on how much money the customer has. If it’s less than $20 keep it simple and sexy with limited contact. If they have more than $20 then go on ahead and pull out some tricks and make it more of a lap dance.
Hoe tips: Don’t just dance with your back to the customer. Face them, get on the floor, make it a chair dance, etc. It’ll get you more $$$, I promise.
Getting Your Money
Literally every club is different when it comes to getting your money.
Your money is collected in three different ways, depending on your club’s practices.
There might be a “sweeper” who comes by and collects all your money for you. They sweep up your money, put in a bag (usually a trash bag), and then write your name on it. Then at the end of the night they pass out the bags to the dancers.
The second way a lot of clubs do it is that they have bins or boxes that they give to the dancers and each dancer collects her own money and puts it in her bin and she is then responsible for keeping track of it.
The third way is basically just each dancer brings her own bag and collects her own money. This is generally uncommon because it can cause problems when there’s more than one girl in a section or on stage or when there’s a lot of money in question.
At the end of the night, once the club is closed, the bags will be passed out (if your club uses that method) and the additional tip outs are due.
A lot of clubs make you tip out the DJ, the managers, and often make you pay a percentage of your earnings to the club. Yes, it’s fucked up, but until enough of us band together to make a change, things. won’t. change.
Example: at my current club it’s 5% of each bag, $10 to the sweeper, and at least $20 to the DJ, although they often demand more if they saw you had a good night 😒.
Dealing With People
Be friendly to the staff, do your best to tip them WHAT THEY DESERVE, and try not to make any enemies.
You need the DJ on your side to put you on stage when there’s money in the club. Having a good relationship with the manager could mean they put you onto to money (ie putting you in a section). Being nice to the sweepers means they’ll take more care with looking after and securing your money.
Self-explanatory. You don’t want no problems with those that you work with. Period.
Just keep your head down and your eyes open.
Consider pairing up with another dancer.
There are pros and cons to this.
If this is a strategy you decide to utilize, make sure you are VERY selective. Make sure your partner motivated, honest, and looks just as good as you!
The pros are that it’s easy to get a customer to spend money when they’re being showered with attention by two fine girls instead of one, it’s easier to take control of a VIP section when there’s two of you, and it’s a confidence boost to know that someone has your back!
The con is obviously having to split any money y’all make together and the possibility of things turning ugly if any conflict happens to arise.
Most customers just want to feel special. Make it seem like you’re actually enjoying your time with them and that you’re not just here for the money (even though that’s the ONLY reason we’re here).
We Made It Y’all
Not even gonna front, this was a MONSTER of a post.
There’s so much that goes into being a successful dancer at an urban club and there’s so much that I haven’t even discovered yet. Urban clubs are complicated, but are SO worth it IMO.
I hope this post was at least able to help a few of y’all out!
If I forgot anything or if you have anything to add, comment it down below!
Now, go on and make ya monies, girl!!!