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Well, I’m taking into account strippers all across the country and levels of hustle etc…Where you work a slow night could be $500; which is great. But if you’re in a small town in the middle of nowhere where the economy is deeply depressed then $500 a night maybe completely out of reach. On the other hand there are places like where you dance $500+ per night is completely normal. It’s the difference between dancing in a club located in Longmont, CO (an teeny weeny town in Colorodo) and working at a club in Miami, New York or Las Vegas.
Also you have to take into account the laws of each city and state, which could affect people’s spending habits. Is contact allowed? Is there bikini, topless or nude dances? What is a legal dance? Are dances available on the floor, in a VIP room…? Better yet, are Champagne rooms legal? Can dancers accept the money directly or do they have to give it to a bouncer? Are licenses necessary? How late can the club stay open? Can people bring their own liquor, buy it at the club or is there liquor even served at all?! ALL these things this can make a huge difference in a dancers income.
Then you also have to consider that not all dancers dance full time or our version of full time which for the sake of this could be 3 to 4 days a week, 6 to 8 hour shifts. If a dancer is working once a week or every other week making $500, then she’s limited to that. But if she’s working full time, making the same amount obviously her income will sky rocket. To be perfectly frank, I’m the only dancer I know who can work 20 days a month no problem. I would say the majority work 2 to 4 days a week.
Never mind the other reasons like physical or mental disabilities that may keep a dancer from his/her full earning potential, the need to be a caregiver to children or loved ones, the pressure of going to school (college or otherwise) and other things that may keep you from giving your all to the job.
Far be it for me to assume what others earn; but from my 6 years of dancing, reading other dancer blogs, talking to dancers in several cities and my limited education in economics I’ve reasoned this statement to not be true.
I’m making this answer public specifically to get feedback from everyone reading this.