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A striptease is an erotic or exotic dance in which the performer gradually undresses, either partly or completely, in a seductive and sexually suggestive manner. The person who performs a striptease is commonly known as a "stripper" or exotic dancer.

In Western countries, the venues where stripteases are performed on a regular basis are now usually called strip clubs, though they may be performed in venues such as pubs (especially in the UK), theaters and music halls. At times, a stripper may be hired to perform at a bachelor or bachelorette party. In addition to providing adult entertainment, stripping can be a form of sexual play between partners. This can be done as an impromptu event or – perhaps for a special occasion – with elaborate planning involving fantasy wear, music, special lighting, practiced dance moves, or unrehearsed dance moves.

Striptease involves a slow, sensuous undressing. The stripper may prolong the undressing with delaying tactics such as the wearing of additional clothes or putting clothes or hands in front of just undressed body parts such as the breasts or genitalia. The emphasis is on the act of undressing along with sexually suggestive movement, rather than the state of being undressed. In the past, the performance often finished as soon as the undressing was finished, though today's strippers usually continue dancing in the nude. The costume the stripper wears before disrobing can form part of the act. In some cases, audience interaction can form part of the act, with audience urging the stripper to remove more clothing, or the stripper approaching the audience to interact with them.

Striptease and public nudity have been subject to legal and cultural prohibitions and other aesthetic considerations and taboos. Restrictions on venues may be through venue licensing requirements and constraints and a wide variety of national and local laws. These laws vary considerably around the world, and even between different parts of the same country.

  • BBC Panorama (1964) episode produced for the last night of the Windmill Theatre in 1964. Richard Dimbleby interviews Sheila van Damm.
  • Get Smart (1967) CONTROL scientist Dr Steele also works as a stripper, with her lab located at the striptease theatre.
  • "If it Moves it's Rude-The Story of the Windmill Theatre" (1969). A BBC television documentary on the Windmill Theatre.
  • For the Record: Paul Raymond (1969), the British stripclub owner Paul Raymond told his own story, on LWT.
  • Peek a Boo (1978), alternative name The One and Only Phyllis Dixey, stars Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Murney, Michael Elphick, Elaine Paige and Patricia Hodge. Drama documentary on Phyllis Dixey.
  • 'Allo 'Allo Helga frequently does a striptease in front of General Von Klinkerhoffen.
  • Neighbours (1985) The character of Daphne is originally a stripper at Des's bucks party, and eventually goes on to marry him.
  • Married... with Children (1987–1997) often featured Al Bundy, Jefferson D'Arcy, and the NO MA'AM crew spending a night at the Nudie Bar.
  • Soho Stories (1996) BBC2. A series of 12 documentary programmes screened from October 28, 1996 to November 20, 1996. Some programmes featured the Raymond Revuebar Theatre.
  • Humor es...los comediantes (1999) Televisa. In her first appearance on this series, Aida Pierce portrayed her elderly alter ego, Virginola, who drinks a bottle of youth serum, and then performs a striptease, taking off her sweater, skirt, scarf, and even her wig, revealing a black sheer bodysuit and pants...and Pierce herself. Pierce began cohosting the series the next year.
  • The Sopranos (1999–2007). Business was often conducted at the Bada Bing strip club.
  • Normal, Ohio (2000)
  • Stripsearch (2001-), an ongoing Australian reality television show which centers around the training of male strippers.
  • Sex in the 70s-The King of Soho (2005), ITN. A television documentary on Paul Raymond.A longer version of the documentary was produced in 2008 after the death of Paul Raymond under the title,"Soho Sex King-The Paul Raymond Story".
  • in Sos mi vida (2006), there were two striptease scenes which performed by Natalia Oreiro and Facundo Arana.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation (2007), In the two part season 6 finale titled Don't You Want Me, Alex Nunez resorts to stripping after her mother and herself do not have enough money to pay the rent on their apartment.
  • Various episodes of the Law & Order series have the cast conducting interviews in strip clubs.
  • True Stories: Best Undressed (2010) A documentary about the Miss Nude Australia Contest which is for dancers. Partly filmed from the Crazy Horse Revue, Adelaide, Australia. Screened 22-6-2010 on Channel 4.
  • Mary Martin became a star with her fur coat striptease performances of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" in Cole Porter's Broadway musical Leave It to Me!
  • The Full Monty (2000) is an Americanized stage adaptation of the 1997 British film of the same name, in which a group of unemployed male steelworkers put together a strip act at a local club.
  • Jekyll and Hyde (1997). The character of Lucy Harris (originally portrayed by Linda Eder) works as a prostitute and stripper in a small London club called The Red Rat, where she meets a multi-dimension man named Doctor Henry Jekyll, who turns into his evil persona Mr. Edward Hyde. Lucy performs the song ‘Bring on the Men’ during a show at the Red Rat (which was later replaced with ‘Good ‘n’ Evil’ in the Broadway production, some claiming ‘Bring on the Men’ was too ‘risqué’.).
  • Ladies Night is a New Zealand stage comedy about unemployed male workers who put on a strip show at a club as a way to raise some money. A version was also written for the United Kingdom. There are many parallels with The Full Monty, although Ladies Night predates that film.
  • Barely Phyllis is a play about Phyllis Dixey which was first staged at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield in 2009.
  • Toni Bentley, 2002. Sisters of Salome.
  • Lara Clifton, 2002. Baby Oil and Ice: Striptease in East London. The Do-Not Press, London. .
  • Arthur Fox, 1962. Striptease with the Lid Off. Empso Ltd., Manchester.
  • Arthur Fox, 1962. "Striptease Business". Empso Ltd., Manchester.
  • Murray Goldstein, 2005. Naked Jungle - Soho Stripped Bare. Silverback Press.
  • Lucinda Jarrett, 1997. Stripping in Time: a history of erotic dancing. Pandora (HarperCollins), London.
  • Holly Knox, 1988. Sally Rand, From Films to Fans. Maverick Publications, Bend, U.S.A. .
  • Michelle Lamour, 2006. The Most Naked Woman. Utopian Novelty Company, Chicago, Ill.
  • Philip Purser and Jenny Wilkes, 1978. The One and Only Phyllis Dixey. Futura Publications, London. .
  • Roye, The Phyllis Dixey Album (The Spotlight on Beauty Series No. 3.) The Camera Studies Club, Elstree.
  • Roye, 1942. Phyllis in Censorland. The Camera Studies Club, London.
  • Andy Saunders, 2004. Jane: a Pin Up at War. Leo Cooper, Barnsley. . (Jane (Chrystabel Leighton-Porter) was a well known cartoon and photographic model. Jane was also a tableau model and appeared in theatres in Britain.)
  • Rachel Shteir, 2004. Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show. Oxford University Press.
  • A. W. Stencell, 1999. Girl Show: Into the Canvas World of Bump and Grind. ECW Press, Toronto, Canada. .
  • Tempest Storm & Bill Boyd, 1987. Tempest Storm; The Lady is a Vamp. Peacetree, U.S.A.
  • Sheila van Damm, 1957. No Excuses. Putnam, London
  • Sheila van Damm, 1967. We Never Closed. Robert Hale, London. .
  • Vivian van Damm, 1952. Tonight and Every Night. Stanley Paul, London.
  • Antonio Vianovi, 2002. Lili St Cyr: Her Intimate Secrets: Profili Album. Glamour Associated, Italy.
  • Dita Von Teese, 2006. Burlesque and the Art of Striptease. Regan Books, New York, NY.
  • Paul Willetts, 2010 (August). Members Only: the Life and Times of Paul Raymond. Serpent's Tail Ltd., London. .
  • Richard Wortley, 1969. Skin Deep in Soho. Jarrolds Publishers, London.
  • Richard Wortley, 1976. The Pictorial History of Striptease. Octopus Books, London. (Later edition by the Treasury Press, London. .)


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