Pole Fitness to Exotic Dancing
I was wondering what it's like moving from just doing pole to becoming an exotic dancer. I am fairly new at pole fitness, and I was just wondering how much you need to know before becoming a dancer and any other useful tips. Also, how much can you realistically expect to make? Any answers or insight would be greatly appreciated :)
You really only need to know what you're comfortable with, most dancers don't do any tricks at all. How much you'll make depends, a lot of it is getting customers who come specifically for you, that's where the money is. Tampa is the strip club capital of the US (45+clubs), and girls around here make from a couple hundred up to thousands a night, it just depends on who comes in and how many regulars you have that spend (I've seen a girl make $10k in one night off a sports agent). Most of the money comes from private dances, very little from the stage. Also, you have to pay the club a fee (no more than $40) and tip out your DJ and house mom, oh and if you're on day shift you'll be lucky to leave with $50 :( Good luck, keep us informed!!!
i actually went from exotic dancing to pole dancing. id say to be an exotic dancer you really dont need to learn any tricks. ive been back to my home club a couple times when cash was low and i felt like my pole tricks werent appreciated (if that makes sense). we had 3 song sets so if i got bored while on stage or if it was a really good song, then id bust some moves! its mostly getting customers to buy dances and developing a customer base and getting them to come back. what you make depends on where you go i guess.. i live in central texas where everyone is mostly military.
Oh, and actually Portland is the actual strip club capital of the US, there are over a hundred clubs, and more per capita than any other city ;) I <3 Portland, and I miss being cute and sexy all the time and being paid fabulously for it! Lol
In my experience their are many clubs where the stage money is great and pole tricks are very well appreciated by the customers. Ususally these are smaller clubs in medium sized cities or clubs in small towns that draw a lot of tourist traffic. I actually got into pole from exotic dancing (although, to be fair, when I started dancing in 1998 pole was still pretty much relegated to the strip club). Several of the clubs that I worked in had quite a group of girls that were anywhere from good to fabulous on the pole and, on a slow night, we would hang out on stage just trying new tricks and playing.
I totally agree with ninjachic - have a positive mindset and have fun with it but don't forget that it's a business!
As the ladies have said, exotic dancers don't need pole skills but it can give confidence and make your dancing interesting. It's more about entertainment skills and personality, and different looks and figures find different areas of the market. I would just advise that you be really sure it's the route you want to go. The money sure can be good, but often (at least here) it's a few dancers who make great money, most dancers have an average cash flow. I had a great time working when I started, but I have found it is has greatly impacted on my private life (eg being out with friends or family and people calling out my stage name etc) A lot of our clients were not shy in approaching us outside of work (although some were very discreet) and that can have ramifications especially in a small city like mine. I am a married young mum of 3 little kids and there have been times that my work as an exotic dancer have been inappropriately brought up by others, even though I chose to keep it quite private. That really took the control out of my hands. For me personally, I felt by the end as though I was compromising myself by the dancing. Everyone is different but I LOVE the pole, I love dance, I just don't have any desire to work in the industry now and there are regrets about the years I spent doing it. That would be my only words of caution hun.