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I know a lot of y’all come to Half & Bad to get insight and info on being a stripper. I get DMs and comments asking for tips on how to be, basically, the best dancer that you can be.
Your wish is my command.
This post is going to go over everything I did to when I was first starting out to become the best version of Mona (my dance name) that I could be.
I did a ton of research (I was obsessed) and basically just turned my fucking brain on and made more conscious decisions (i.e. taking care of my body and just observing other dancers in the club to figure out what was working for them).
1. Practice, Practice, Practice
Stripping is more than just taking your clothes off *obviously*. Dancing is involved and it’s NOT the same dancing you’ve done at a party or in the club. You’ll be dancing on stage, in front of people, and actually on people.
You can either wing it or you can practice.
I suggest practicing.
Practice stage moves
Stage sets are way less intimidating when you have some sort of idea of what you’ll be doing up there.
Watch tutorials on youtube, videos of dancers on IG, etc. Get an idea of what dance style you’re capable of.
Practice table dances and dancing in sections
Especially if you plan on working at a black/urban club!
Practice giving a lap dance
Look up youtube tutorials, go to a chair dance class at a local dance studio, practice on friends and/or imaginary people.
Practicing giving a lap dance on imaginary people was a major key for me! I got all the awkward/weirdness out at home before starting at a club.
Take a pole dancing class
A few beginner/foundation classes is all you’ll really need! You’ll learn some sexy, basic moves and a foundation to build on once you get on a pole at work!
A lot of pole studios do new client specials, so definitely do some research beforehand.
If you can’t take a pole dancing class, get to work early, when it’s dead, and practice pole tricks and utilizing the pole during stage sets on your own. If you’re lucky, another dancer who knows how to work the pole might be willing to teach you a few things!Practice, practice, practice! Click To Tweet
2. Look Your Best
Being a successful exotic dancer is 50% physical appearance and 50% hustle.
It’s v important that you look how they want you to look.
Your general ~look~ is up to you- alternative pixie girl, tatted biker chick, the girl next door, the unfriendly black hottie, the THICC girl, etc.
But generally speaking, they want your body to be toned and slim *in all the right places* (even if you’re at a club where the bigger the ass the bigger the bag 💰).
I understand more than anyone that flat tummies and thigh gaps aren’t attainable for everyone!! I also understand that we’re literally making money off of our bodies. There’s definitely a lane for big girls in this game, but the majority of customers want a girl that’s “in shape.”
PSA: if this is the first time that you’re hearing this and you’re #offended or #hurt then I’m gonna tell you right now this industry is not for you.
Up your water in-take
Staying hydrated will reduce bloat AND increase your stamina. Meaning you can give ten dances back to back or shake your ass in a section for two hours straight.
Avoid soda/carbonated drinks
Again, bc of bloating.
Carbonated drinks leave most of us bloated, regardless of if we have flat tummies or not.
Watch what you eat
Especially before going to work.
Your body is a direct reflection of your diet. Remember that. 💯
There was literally a night not too long ago where a dancer was in a section of NBA players and she had eaten seafood before coming to work and had to run to the bathroom and ended up missing out on a multi-thousand dollar bag. Don’t be that girl.
Don’t let them see you in the same two outfits every time they see you!!
Don’t ever stop buying dance outfits, you can never have too many.
I know a lot of dancers who go through multiple outfits a night.
Plus, if there’s an accident, you’re covered bc you know you have multiple cute ass outfits in your locker.
Keep your nails looking nice
I personally keep my nails looking natural, but they’re ALWAYS manicured.
If you get acrylics, don’t skip getting them filled. It’s a small thing, but it says a lot.
Same goes for you toesies. Having nice feet is a HUGE money maker. Trust me 😉.Look your best! Click To Tweet
3. Build Up Your Hustle
A pretty face and a great body will definitely make money, but if you know how to hustle then the $ky is the literal limit.
Get tips from other dancers
Get tips and OBSERVE them!!
Watching other dancers work is the quickest and most effective way to learn the ins-and-outs of your club and what does and doesn’t work.
Don’t be afraid to bounce around and try different clubs in your city
I’ve danced at almost every legitimate after-hours spot in Houston and it only helped my hustle and my savings account!!
You’ll learn new things at every club and you’ll learn which days at which clubs are the most lucrative!
A lot of customers also enjoyed seeing me at different clubs and they always treated me like they were seeing an old friend and were more likely to spend money on me tbh.
You’ll also be able to gauge which type of club and customers are right for you!
Figure out what shifts work for you
For me, I made the most money working day shifts at a white club and after 2am at an after-hours urban club. It’s different for every dancer!!
Experiment, keep track of your earnings, and you’ll quickly figure out which shifts are the best shifts for you.
Build your brand
Utilize social media. Build a regular clientele. Have a persona and signature look.
YOU are your brand!! Put work into building that brand.Build up your hustle. Click To Tweet
These are just a few more tips and tricks that I hope turn into money making game changers for you gyals!
Every little thing, just like every little dollar, counts!
So go on and make that bread, save your stacks, and remember: work smarter, not harder!