Stripping away the stigma 

Mary & Dana.
  • Mary & Dana.

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 it’s really like to strip? What it’s 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. Don’t 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.

It’s the eve of the Boot Pub’s 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 it’s like to flop out around a fireman’s 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 Pub’s boss, Paul McNaught, to offer them the chance to dance.

"We get quite a few girls in the audience at our shows and they’re 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 Whistler’s 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, they’d like to say it’s not easy being an exotic dancer. Apart from the social stigma you have to deal with when it comes to your chosen profession, there’s unwanted hair, unwanted advances, bras that won’t 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 I’ve travelled the country.

Pique: What was your first time on stage like?

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