A girls guide to taking it all off
What: The Inaugural Amateur Boot Ballet
Where: The Boot Pub
When: Saturday, Jan. 25
Have you ever wondered what its really like to strip? What its like to dance nude in high heels and have people pay you for it? If you look anything like me, being nude is not nice. Dont know about you but copping an eyeful of myself every morning makes me layer up more than needed. But for some girls out there, their flesh works well when on parade.
Its the eve of the Boot Pubs inaugural amateur Boot Ballet, a booty call for wanna-be disrobing divas and as part of the naïve sisterhood of non-strippers, I thought it was only fitting to find out what its like to flop out around a firemans pole. How does it really feel to grab a few greenbacks with just the flash of a nipple?
There must be a few girls out there interested because their inquiring minds prompted the Boot Pubs boss, Paul McNaught, to offer them the chance to dance.
"We get quite a few girls in the audience at our shows and theyre always asking when they can have a try. I guess because the Boot Ballet is not your typical strip joint, they feel comfortable in giving it a go, so this night is for them," said McNaught.
Two of Whistlers own pro exotic dancers, 25-year-old Mary and 21-year-old Diana, are firm friends with firm bodies. Between dances last Friday night, they happily agreed to share their strip tips, the good, the bad and the ugly. For the record, theyd like to say its not easy being an exotic dancer. Apart from the social stigma you have to deal with when it comes to your chosen profession, theres unwanted hair, unwanted advances, bras that wont undo and stilettos that can collapse underneath you.
But for these girls, the upside is hard to ignore. Fast money, loads of travel, and the chance to dance.
Pique: How long have you been stripping?
Mary: Six years
Diana: Four and a half months
Pique: How did you get involved?
Mary: I had a boyfriend that cheated on me so to get out I needed my independence. Exotic dancing got me out of there real quick.
Diana: I really wanted to buy myself a snowmobile so I entered an amateur contest and from there Ive travelled the country.
Pique: What was your first time on stage like?