|There are many questions in the world of strip clubs
but I seem to get the same ones a lot. I have collected questions
regarding strip clubs, clubbing, dancers, and even this website, and put
them into this FAQ page. There's no way that I can cover
everything here but it's a good way for you to get started in getting to
know more about this industry and subject matter.
Please check here and read carefully before you send me e-mail asking
about something already answered.
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I'm not a dancer. Which contest should I enter?
I assume that you want a nice (non-sleazy) club where you would feel
comfortable. I would say that the
Plan B (bikini)
contest is nice in that it's a very large and upscale club. For nude, I
would consider 4 Play.
However, keep in mind that although most of these contests are billed
as "amateur", most (if not all) the contestants are professional dancers
(i.e. strippers from other clubs) OR dancers who just do contests on the
side (i.e. have regular jobs but need extra money). Therefore, I highly
recommend that you go and watch the contest FIRST to see how things are
One other very important thing to know: Many clubs regularly cancel
their contests if they do not have enough contestants. There are even
clubs that will decrease the prize money if they feel they did not have
enough customers. It's a big rip off in the industry. In fact, some clubs
are notorious for this type of rip-offs. Also, many contests are "rigged".
This means that the winner will tend to be a "ex-dancer" from the club or
someone who the club managers/owners know.
Are there any clubs with male dancers for us gals?
The Hollywood Men perform on Friday and Saturday nights in upscale
venues. For current info, visit their website at
www.hwmen.com or call
(818) 845-6636 for more info. Click here to read a
review from a female reader.
La Bare Hollywood performs in West Hollywood on Saturday nights.
Call (818) 841-1775 or visit their website at labarehollywood.com.
Camacho's features latin male exotic dancers on Thursday nights (Club
Flesh) at 8:30pm. They are at 13101 Crossroads in the City of Industry.
Call (626) 297-3134 for more info.
"The Hollywood Strip" performs Friday nights at the Metro night club in
Ventura. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at about 9:30pm. Call (805)
653-CLUB for more info or you can email
The Right Track Nite
Club in South Central LA has 20+ hot black male dancers. They are at 1732
W. Florence Ave (corner of Hobart & Florence). You must be 21+ with ID,
cover is $18 (including drink chip), doors open at 7:30pm, show time
starts at 8:30pm. For more info, call (213) 753-5481 or (213) 360-4330.
Mahoney's in the City of Industry has male dancer night on Thursdays.
They are located at 15425 E. Valley Blvd. or call (626) 336-4666.
Mr. J's has male
dancers (g-string) on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 8:30pm until
11:00pm or so. Click here to read a review from
a female reader.
Others to try are, Club Metro in Riverside on Thursday nights from 8pm
to 10:30pm (heard this club is closed as of 2006), and Cheers Bar in Moreno Valley on Thursdays from 9pm to
midnight. For more for info call (909) 247-3233. Also try Club
Zelda's in Palm Springs on Tuesday nights. The Shock in Anaheim might have
a night with male dancers also.
If you are planning a bachlorette party, you might checkout
You might also checkout these websites to see if they are dancing in
the Los Angeles area:
If you have any information on this topic, please
Is it ok for a group of ladies to go to strip clubs? Will we be
Very good question. It is fine for a group of ladies to go to strip
clubs, especially topless or bikini ones where you can have alcoholic
beverages. Over the years, I've seen more and more groups of ladies
going out to strip clubs for a night out and it seems to be more accepted
and common now.
Depending on the club, you may get some guys trying to pick you up but if
you're in a group, it's easier to fend them off. Just politely tell them
you are just trying to enjoy the show and to please not bother you.
Are there any clubs for Lesbian gals to see female dancers?
Girl Bar in West Hollywood has go-go dancers and plenty of Lesbian
customers. See their website for the 411.
Michelle's XXX Club is currently at the Arena in Hollywood at 6655 Santa
Monica Blvd. on Tuesday nights. The Arena is normally a dance club but
they do have a stage and pole for the booty shaking action. You can find
out more by calling (818) 410-6833. For more information on Arena, call
them at (323) 462-0714.
CoCo Bongo in downtown has "exotic dancers" and allows 18+ to enter, and
drinks for 21+ customers. Located at 3311 S. Main St., Los Angeles.
For more info: (213) 748-2682 or their website.
Peanuts at 7969 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood has a competing
Lesbian night but I'm not sure when it is. This is a regular dance club on
other nights so don't expect anything crazy.
There might be another one on Thursday nights ONLY at Marino's at 9911
Pico Blvd. near Roxbury. Their phone number is (310) 201-7979.
If you have more information on this topic, please
Which club should I work at?
Many dancers ask me this question which has now become a FAQ. The
answer depends on what type of club you want to dance at and what type of
dancer you are. If you are looking for a classy club to work at, look at
my reviews and find a high rating for the club itself. If you are a good
hustler that can get a lot of laps out of customers, look at my reviews
and find a high rating for the nasty factor.
From my experience in trying to help dancers pick a club, most of the
time, you will have to visit the club yourself and get the general feel of
the club and the dancers there. Sometimes you will click with the club and
other times you just won't. Some dancers don't care if they don't fit in
as long as they make money. Other dancers don't care if they don't make
money as long as they fit in.
Also, if the club has a dance contest, enter the contest or just go
there and check it out during the contest. If you enter the contest, you
will get a flavor for the management, club amenities and customers. Go
with your feelings. If you don't get a warm and fuzzy, perhaps it's not
the right place for you.
If you want more specific help, please email me with answers to the
following questions that will help me narrow down your choices:
- Have you danced before? If
so, where? What did you like or dislike about those clubs?
- Do you want to dance
bikini, topless or nude?
- Are you a good hustler? In other
words, are you good at asking customers for dances and getting them,
even if there are a lot of other dancers working.
- Are you a nasty dancer? In other
words, are you willing to touch, be touched, or basically have sex.
- Do you want to make your money on
stage instead of lap dancing? If so, can you do pole work?
How can I find out which clubs are hiring?
In terms of openings, frankly, strip clubs are not like normal
businesses where they can only hire a limited number of employees. In most
(but not all) clubs in Los Angeles, the dancer is an independent
contractor and do not get paid by the club. This means that as long as you
are attractive, the club will hire as many dancers as possible. The more
dancers, the happier their customers. It's just harder for each dancer to
What this means is, basically your looks determine if you would be
hired. If a club is short on girls (e.g. a new club that just opened),
they are likely to hire anybody that walks in the door. If a club is very
popular and already has many girls, they will be picky and only hire very
Most clubs (especially nude) are not concerned about your dancing
ability. If you know how to take your clothes off, that's about all you
need to know. You can pick up the rest as you go along.
I highly recommend that you go to a club that you think might suit you
and just watch the dancers and customers. See how they dance, interact,
etc. Once you feel a little more comfortable, try entering a contest. This
will give you a taste of what you will be doing if you start dancing. If
you like the club that you did the contest at, you can ask them if you can
work there. Basically, dance contests are a way for the club to "audition"
you. So that's usually when the manager will ask you if you want to work
at the club.
What is the procedure in getting hired?
If you have never applied before, the normal method would be to call
the club and ask to speak with a manager. Ask the manager what the
procedure is for you to audition. Do NOT ask if they are hiring. The
reason for this is, if you are good looking enough, every club is always
hiring. So by asking, this will give them the opportunity to tell you they
are not hiring but to come in and they will take a look. This just gives
them a way out in case they don't want to hire you.
Usually, the manager will tell you to come in at a particular range of
time. Some clubs only hire on certain days of the week, while others will
hire on any day of the week. Many clubs don't like to do auditions on busy
nights (e.g. Friday, Saturday).
On your meeting with the manager, be sure to bring your work clothes in
case you need to audition. When you arrive, the manager will take a
look at you. If you are way off the mark, s/he may just tell you that they
are not hiring. I've known managers that will be brutally honest and point
out all the problems the you need to fix before you can work there. If you
are really good looking, they may hire you on the spot without an
audition. Otherwise, normally, they will ask you to dance on stage and
will watch your moves and interaction with the customers. I know of one
manager that will ask you how much money you made on stage and judge
accordingly based on how much you made.
At this point, the manager may hire you or ask you to fill out some
forms and they will contact you. With some clubs, this is the normal
procedure and they will call to give you a schedule. With many other
clubs, this is just a way for them to brush you off and never call you.
Some clubs will allow the dancer to start working the same night as the
audition, while others will call you later. Some clubs will force you to
be in a dance contest before you can be hired. That usually means they are
not sure about you and want to see how a real audience reacts to you.
Some clubs will offer you to work but only if you are on a schedule, which
might require you to work a minimum number of days, or at least one slow
day to work a busy day.
One last trick you might want to use. Some clubs have multiple
managers that hire the dancers. Even if you are rejected by one
manager, if you return when another manager is working, s/he may hire you.
Do you have any advice for getting hired?
Go in with the the right attitude. Sometimes attitude can be more
important than looks. Like any job interview, first impressions are
important. I often see dancers come for auditions looking the way
they normally go to work, without any makeup and in baggy sweat pants and
shirt. Most managers are used to this and can look past it, but some
can't. Why take the chance.
If you've done this before, go alone. If you need moral support,
bring a guy friend who has been to strip clubs many times before.
But make sure it's obvious that he is not your boyfriend. Some clubs
do not allow boyfriends and husbands to come along. The male friend
can give you a male point of view of the club. The reason for not
bringing a female friend is, you don't want the club employees to think
that your friend is also applying for a job, unless your friend is very
good looking. Otherwise, the club might think that to hire you would
require also hiring your friend and refuse to hire.
It's also probably a good idea to go to the club before you audition there
to check out the club. That way, you can see if you like it, how
they operate, what kind of customers go there, how much money you might
make, and how busy they are. If you want to be diligent, go there
when you think you will be working to see how it is. However, you
probably don't want to audition when it is busy because some managers
won't have enough time and might ask you to come back when it's not so
I have heard of busts at clubs. Should I be worried?
If you are observed by an undercover vice officer doing an illegal act
on stage, you can be arrested and booked. It's unlikely that an undercover
vice cop could see what you are doing in a private booth. However, it's
common practice for vice cops to pose as customers and get private dances.
They will try to entice you to do illegal acts via physical contact
without verbal communications.
This would also be a good time to wake you up to some cold realities of
life. Vice cops will lie to get a conviction. Yes, that's right. And you
take a guess who the jury or judge is going to believe. A dancer who has a
lot to lose from the case or a cop. Just remember that if you go to court
thinking that the "truth" is on your side.
If you get busted by a undercover vice cop in this fashion, you are not
in good shape. Upon a second conviction of this type, you will have to be
registered as a
sex offender (same as child molesters and rapists) and will have to
abide by the laws pertaining to registering your residence when you move.
Of course, if the dancer initiates the solicitation of prostitution to
an undercover cop, you can be cold busted. This does not fall under the
same category as the above mentioned offence but jail time is waiting for
Do I need a license to dance?
In Los Angeles, as of September 1999, only Beverly Hills requires a
dance permit for dancers to work. However, in Westminster (Orange County),
you do need to get a license. As of this writing, Anaheim and other cities
are also considering licensing dancers so check in the city that you will
be dancing in. The club you will be working at will know what you will
have to do.
In other cities like San Diego and Las Vegas, you need to get a license
from the city. For more information on getting a license in San Diego,
read Summer's FAQ.
Are there unions for dancers?
Unlike Canada, there are no national unions specifically for dancers in
the United States. There is an organization in San Francisco called
Exotic Dancer's Alliance
that has formed a union at a club there. They might be able to help you
form one in your club. However, you'd better think this thru before making
any final decisions. Obviously, you will get oppositions from the club
owner but you might be surprised to find that many dancers object to it as
well for various reasons (such as taxes).
The best way would be for you to email me at least 2 good pictures and
tell me what club you are working at. The pictures don't have to be
professional quality, but just good enough for me to be able to see what
you look like. I'd prefer a full body shot and a head shot if you
have them available. If you don't have the pictures available in
digital format, you can scan them into your computer. If you don't
have a scanner, you can go to
Kinkos and scan your picture, or you can snail mail me
the pictures to:
2118 Wilshire Blvd., #110
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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