The third day, dedicated to ball and dance, was used for the finest entertainment to divert the men; their eyes were given the opportunity to see all the pleasures nature could offer; and if the pleasant aspects of a well shaped young lady are able to arouse the mind, one can say that our princes enjoyed all the delicacies of love.
The erotic dance of the bee , performed by a woman known as Kuchuk Hanem , was witnessed and described by the French novelist Gustave Flaubert. In this dance the performer disrobes as she searches for an imaginary bee trapped within her garments. It is likely that the women performing these dances did not do so in an indigenous context, but rather, responded to the commercial climate for this type of entertainment.
By the s "fully nude" shows were provided at such places as Le Crazy Horse Saloon. At that time, British law prohibited naked girls from moving. To avoid the prohibition, the models appeared in stationary tableaux vivants. Paul Raymond started his touring shows in and later leased the Doric Ballroom in Soho; opening his private members club, the Raymond Revuebar in This was the first of the private striptease members' clubs in Britain.
This pub striptease seems mainly to have evolved from topless go-go dancing. An interesting custom in these pubs is that the strippers walk 'round and collect money from customers in a beer jug before each individual performance. This custom appears to have originated in the late s when topless go-go dancers first started collecting money from the audience as the fee for going "fully nude".
Today, the club is owned by Deja Vu. In America, striptease started in traveling carnivals and burlesque theatres, and featured famous strippers such as Gypsy Rose Lee and Sally Rand. The vaudeville trapeze artist Charmion performed a "disrobing" act onstage as early as , which was captured in the Edison film, Trapeze Disrobing Act.
Another milestone for modern American striptease was the possibly legendary show at Minsky's Burlesque in April The Night They Raided Minsky's. The Minsky brothers brought burlesque to New York's 42nd Street.
However, the burlesque theatres there were prohibited from having striptease performances in a legal ruling of , leading to the later decline of these " grindhouses " named after the bump 'n grind entertainment on offer into venues for exploitation cinema. American-style striptease began to appear outside North America in the post-World War II era and is now practiced widely around the world.
Topless dancing was banned in certain parts of the country, similar to the bans on striptease, but it eventually merged with the older tradition of burlesque dancing. The club went "bottomless" on September 3, ; launching the trend of explicit " full nudity " in American striptease dancing.
Originally an X-rated movie theater, this striptease club pioneered lap dancing in , and was a major force in popularizing it in strip clubs on a nationwide and eventually worldwide basis.
American-style striptease became popular in Japan during the U. Some girls chose to strip in theaters as an alternative to prostitution. Teitoza was the first club to open in Shinjuku, on 15 January The first act was titled "The Birth of Venus". The woman on stage stood in a stationary pose, similar to shows in Britain.
The show ran until August Theaters in Asakusa had fully nude displays,  also featuring no motion or stripping. As this style of theater spread,  the removal of clothing on stage was integrated into the process. Over time, as regulations were relaxed, a variety of acts developed with shows presenting a variety of movements such as taking a bath in an outdoor washtub.
One of the most famous variants had audience members given magnifying glasses for close up views. The customer then pays to watch a girl strip, pose, and masturbate. American-style strip clubs are often structured as nightclubs or bars. High-end establishments are commonly referred to as "gentlemen's clubs",  complete with luxury features and services. More down-market competitors can be known by various names, such as titty bars, rippers, peelers, skin bars, girly bars, nudie bars, bikini bars or go-go bars.
Regardless of size, name, or location in the world, strip clubs can be full nude, topless or bikini. Full nude routines — The male or female performer is fully nude by the end of their performance. Topless — The female performer's upper body is exposed but the genital area remains covered during a performance.
Bikini — The female performer's breasts and genital area remain covered, such as go-go dancing. For any of the three types of clubs there are exceptions based on the individual dancer and management.
The use of pasties can alter the legal interpretation as to whether a performance is topless or not and whether a business is sexually oriented. Some clubs have also moved into providing chat and broadcast services via the internet, including live video feeds.
This fee will typically include a set fee for the room, for a fixed amount of time. During a lap dance, the dancer rubs against the customer's crotch while he or she remains clothed, in an attempt to arouse or bring the recipient to climax.
Striptease A striptease is an erotic or exotic dance in which the performer gradually undresses, either partly or completely, in a seductive and sexually suggestive manner. Most strippers are female, with less than a third of strippers being male strippers. Restrictions on venues may be through venue licensing requirements and constraints and a wide variety of national and local laws.
These laws vary considerably around the world, and even between different parts of the same country. Striptease involves a slow, sensuous undressing. The stripper may prolong the undressing with delaying tactics such as the wearing of additional clothes or putting clothes or hands in front of just undressed body parts such as the breasts or genitalia.
The emphasis is on the act of undressing along with sexually suggestive movement, rather than the state of being undressed. In the past, the performance often finished as soon as the undressing was finished, though today's strippers usually continue dancing in the nude. In some cases, audience interaction can form part of the act, with audience urging the stripper to remove more clothing, or the stripper approaching the audience to interact with them.
Unlike in burlesque theater, the modern popular form of strip theater can minimize the interaction of customer and dancer, reducing the importance of tease in the performance in favor of speed to undress. Private Dances Main articles: Lap dancing and Peep shows In peep shows , done with a customer seated in a private booth separated from a dancer by glass or plastic,  there may be no music playing during a performance, in which the woman removes her clothes and displays her body to the customer.
In clubs which offer lingerie modeling shows, which are peep shows where a dancer privately dances and strips for a customer, typically without a barrier, performances can also be done with or without a formal stage or music.
An air dance is a particular form of private dance where little-to-no contact between the dancer and customer occurs. This class of dance spans the different categories above and some dancers may perform air dances when more contact-heavy forms of dance were expected and paid for.
Club management may set standard prices for the various dance services, but individual strippers, where permitted, will negotiate their own prices, which may be higher or lower than the advertised rate. Table dances should not be confused with table stages, where the stripper is at or above eye level on a platform surrounded by chairs and usually enough table surface for customers to place drinks and tip money.
Exotic dancers performing a lap dance at a lap dancing exposition. Where offered, lap dances are performed in all manner of locations and seating,   ranging from plain stools and kitchen-grade chairs to plush leather armchairs. They can also be performed with the customer standing in these designated areas. A service provided by many clubs is for a customer to be placed on stage with one or more dancers for a public lap dance.
Occasions for this type of performance are bachelor parties and birthdays, among others. Bed dances are the least common of the three, and in many clubs are a more expensive option than a lap dance because of the novelty and increased level of contact between customer and service provider. Customer service Strip clubs are profit-oriented businesses like restaurants and other retail establishments. Performers and staff are the primary customer service representatives in the club environment.
Dancers are their primary vehicle to entice customers to spend time and money in the establishment. Dancers continually interact with the customers in the club. They walk around and solicit drinks and lap dances, usually scanning the club floor to find the most lucrative customer to greet.
The dancer qualifies a customer by sizing up their appearance and personal characteristics. Once the dancer identifies a suitable customer, she approaches, and attempts to establish a social relationship.
Interaction can also be initiated by customers. Dancers make most of their income from giving lap dances or VIP dances, where regulations allow. Otherwise, customer tips, at the stage, are a dancer's primary form of income. They sell the fantasy of sex, but do not typically follow through with the act. They portray feelings of intimacy and emotional connectedness for their customers and most of the time these portrayals are overstated or false. Customers rarely, if ever, see the preparation of these props, since they are denied access to the backstage of a dancer's performance space by the layout of the club.
In reality, it is often just part of the act with little to no emotional attachment for the dancer. In Bangkok , Thailand, the Nana Entertainment Plaza in downtown Bangkok is a large, four-floor compound with over 40 bars. Most of the bars are go-go bars with dancers in various stages of nudity. They are not formal brothels, since customers must negotiate without an intermediary, directly with the dancers, for services up to and including sex.
Differing from Zurich brothels, sex services via the strip clubs are typically performed off site. These included strip theaters, peep shows, "soaplands", "lover's banks", porno shops, telephone clubs , karaoke bars , clubs and more all offering adult entertainment services.
In a fully nude club, the sequence could be topless-to-nude over two songs, or any one of a number of other variations. In the United States, clubs are classified based on typical performances, zoning regulations, and advertised services. These are known as "secondary effects". Most strip clubs are located in buildings that are converted bars, restaurants , or warehouses, or had industrial uses.
The original layout of the building will affect the physical layout of a club. The more money that has been invested in a facility, the more it resembles a dedicated club. A customer is free to wander around the club, except for employee areas and premium lounges. In some cases, the employee and premium lounges are dual use.
For example, a manager's office might also double as the VIP room. A small club can have a single room, with an improvised stage for the striptease show. Many clubs have more than the basic amenities.