LAUNCH: Paid To Dance: Stripping Past & Present: Annie/Sasha’s Story (Excerpt)

LAUNCH: In this post you can read an excerpt from the story of Annie/Sasha, one of fourteen exotic dancers featured in Paid To Dance.

Annie/Sasha (Excerpt)

I started dancing when I was eighteen, and before that I had worked in a pretty good job. I never thought I would be capable of being an exotic dancer, however I did a trial shift at a club in Brisbane and it was exciting and glamorous and the money was amazing.

My first stage show was terrifying; I was wearing nine-inch heels in which I could hardly walk! Somehow I had to spin around a pole, put on a performance, and look sexy at the same time! I couldn’t stop shaking. I must have looked so terrified. However, I survived it, I didn’t fall over and I managed to get some tips!

My first lap dance didn’t go as well as my stage show, however I was lucky enough to get some lap dancing lessons before I started. I had some sleazy, sweaty guy that reeked of rum; the thought of it makes me feel sick. I just did the moves that I was taught, and he seemed to like it, although, who would complain having a naked girl in heels in front of them.

I was always an honest person, so I told my Mum straight away, and obviously that didn’t go down very well, as I was her little princess. I changed to a different club after a month, but eight months later my family gave me an ultimatum to quit. And I did, for them.

When I was twenty, I went back to the job again, just for the money to start off with. But then it got so comfortable. I made friends with the other dancers, I started living with them, and it ended up becoming my life.

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Launch: Paid To Dance: An Exotic History (Excerpt)

In this post I am reading from Part One of my upcoming book Paid To Dance: Stripping Past & Present. Part One: An Exotic History explores the origins of exotic entertainment in cultures around the world. Paid To Dance: Stripping Past & Present is available now in paperback and Kindle ebook.

Part One: An Exotic History (Excerpt)

The earliest evidence of exotic dance can be traced back twenty thousand years to Palaeolithic cave paintings in the south of France, and proof has also been found by archaeologists near the Black Sea regions of Bulgaria and Romania.

It is thought to hold its origins in ancient rituals associated with fertility, not only for motherhood but also agriculture and farming. During the height of the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece, priestesses performed in sacred temples, and this practice was also commonplace in India. Exotic dance even makes an appearance in the Bible, where Salome seductively performs the Dance of the Seven Veils for the guests of Kind Herod’s birthday celebrations.

During the 12th Century, belly dancing captivated voyeurs throughout the Middle East. While the performers did not remove their garments, vigorous movements of the hips and pelvis entranced the audience, who in turn tossed coins to the dancers as a gesture of their admiration.

In the Victorian Age, although separated by wealth and privilege, both society’s elite and working class indulged in exotic entertainment. Women went to great lengths to hide their physical forms beneath bustles, hoops and frills, and so the idea of young ladies appearing on stage in their silk stockings and bustiers was a controversial temptation. 18th Century ladies of the court danced at banquets, using beautiful fans to accentuate their suggestive movements.

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Introduction: Paid To Dance




A strip club is a place where a woman’s nudity is used for entertainment purposes in a professional setting. It is a seemingly safe middle ground, one step further than a regular, real world job, and one step short of selling the physical act of sex. Some will argue that women who take their clothes off for cash are demeaning themselves, and engaging in an act of desperation and exploitation.

The women working in the profession will passionately profess that their livelihood is in fact liberating, empowering and confidence building. And far from being ‘forced’ into the industry, the modern-day stripper is often university educated and loves what she does. In the minds of exotic dancers, there is a clear distinction between the exploited strippers of old and the independent, professional stripteasers of today.

The value of the global stripping industry is valued at $US75 billion ($AUD106 billion- Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute). Profitability largely depends on club location and customer spending habits, and the better quality the club, the more expensive the cover charge and services. High-end establishments are commonly referred to as ‘gentleman’s clubs’.

Rules governing strip clubs differ around the world, and local government licensing decides the nature of the activities within an adult entertainment venue. These levels of liquor licenses determine the differences between a normal bar or club, a strip club and a brothel.

In a strip club, they determine whether dancers are partially clothed or fully nude, and whether restrictions are imposed on distance between dancers and patrons. Some venues allow limited touching of dancers, and some do not allow it at all. Heavy fines and legal liability are the common punishment for breaking these rules. Unlike a burlesque theatre of old, the modern strip club can minimize the interaction between the customer and the dancer, putting less emphasis on the ‘tease’ element of the performance and more on the nudity.

As there is such a high turnover of dancers, clubs are commonly on a constant lookout for fresh talent. Different clubs hire different girls, and the customer’s tastes vary. The requirements may seem unfair, but this is the harsh reality of the work.

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