House dancers work for a particular club or franchise.Feature dancers tend to have their own celebrity, touring a club circuit and making appearances.A stripper or exotic dancer is a person whose occupation involves performing striptease in a public adult entertainment venue such as a strip club.At times, a stripper may be hired to perform at a bachelor party or other private event.Until the 1970s, strippers in Western cultures were almost invariably female, performing to male audiences.Since then, male strippers have also become common.
More informal clubs will have dancers take turns when a stage becomes empty or have a free flow of entertainers where the stage has any number of entertainers who wander off and on at will.
However, some dancers and clubs allow touching of dancers during private dances.
If permitted, during a lap dance the dancer grinds against the customer's crotch while he or she remains clothed in an attempt to arouse or bring the recipient to climax. Due to the common practice of hiring strippers as contractors, not as full-time employees, strippers must deal with extreme job insecurity, unstable pay, no health benefits, and the requirement of paying fees to the club for technically renting their stage.
A stripper whose upper body is exposed but the genital areas remain obscured during a performance is said to be topless.
Touching of strippers is not permitted in many localities.