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A striptease is a performance, usually a dance, in which the performer gradually removes his or her clothing for the purposes of sexually arousing the audience, usually performed in nightclubs. The "teasing" involves the slowness of undressing, while the audience is eager to see more nudity. Delay tactics include additional clothes under clothes being removed, putting clothes or hands in front of just undressed body parts, etc. Emphasis is on the act of undressing along with sexually suggestive movement, not on the state of being undressed: in some cases the performance is finished as soon as the undressing is finished. (Prior to the sexual revolution, striptease performance often ended with the performer wearing a g-string and pasties).
Along with physical attractiveness and appropriate clothing, the main asset and tool used by the exotic dancer in recent years is the stripper pole. Almost all exotic dancers are drawn to the profession by attractive salaries they can receive in the form of tips and commissions from lap/couch dances and champagne rooms.
A variation on striptease is private dancing, which often involves lap dancing or contact dancing. Here the performers, in addition to stripping for tips, also offer "private dances" which involve more attention for individual audience members. Types of private dances include table dancing (performer dances on or by customer's table) and couch dancing (customer sits on a couch).
For certain events, including bachelor / bachelorette parties, the stripper's job often involves holding games or contests with sexual themes. In addition, the main guest of the party can sometimes be eligible for 'special' couch dances involving sexual acts between two strippers.
The contact between a performer and a customer is regulated in ways that vary in response to local laws and club rules, ranging from "air dances" with minimal or no contact to "full-contact" lap dances which involve genital contact through clothing.