link and do so.She said some really nice things.
Now to continue our look at the striptease industry in Vancouver and once again I am consulting the book Burlesque West by Becki L. Ross.
The striptease industry began to build once women realized the wage potential. Dancers were paid in cash and in a few nights could make enough money to pay the rent for a month. Becoming an exotic dancer was also appealing because of the hours. For a single mother, she could spend all day with her child, arrange for a babysitter at night and go make money then.
It seemed like a win win situation for all. The club owners were convinced that the dancers helped sell beer, definitely brought customers in and the good clubs paid the dancers well.
By the 1970s, dancers were represented by agents who not only were responsible for getting the best possible gigs for their dancers but were also there to settle disputes. When the dancer got into trouble, the agent would be there to calm things down and make the club/pub owners happy.
Vancouver based dancers though claim that conditions were better than those south of the border. There was more money to be made here than in even Las Vegas - striptease dancers were not allowed in the main part of Vegas and had to work harder to hustle drinks in the clubs on the outskirts of that famed city.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Becki L. Ross, history, Burlesque West, striptease
British Columbia, Canada, agents, Las Vegas,beer