The naked truth is this: College is expensive, but one Canadian strip club is willing to lighten the financial load for ladies willing to lighten their wardrobe on the stage.
The owners of Leopard’s Lounge in Windsor, Ont., says changes in immigration laws have stripped the club of many of its dancers so they hope to sweeten the pot by helping comely coeds pay for their higher education.
Students who work at the club can receive up to $1,700 in tuition for full or part-time class work at area colleges or the University of Windsor.
But there’s a catch: “DD” might be the best letters for an exotic dancer, but all stripping students must maintain a B-plus average.
“The girls can take any class they want to help better themselves,” owner Robert Katzman told the Toronto Sun. “We have girls studying business, finance, to become nursing assistants and one taking chiropractory.”
General manager Barry Maroon said school has just started session so the club has been moving quickly to get new women willing to get down and dirty for a diploma.
“We’ve already had two girls call from Toronto who were very much interested,” he told the Windsor Star newspaper.
Previously, Maroon and Katzman were able to rely on foreign women to lap dance — as many as 800 visa were given to aliens working in the Canadian adult entertainment industry. However, the Canadian government recently passed Bill C-38, which disallows temporary working visas for foreign women coming to Canada to work as exotic dancers.
Maroon said paying for college by bumping and grinding isn’t a new concept and estimates “hundreds” of women have been strippers while at school, including, he claimed, a dancer from Bulgaria who is now a nurse in Los Angeles and a former employee who operates a florist’s shop.
One woman who approves of the plan is author Sheila Hageman, a former stripper who discusses her experience in a new memoir, Stripping Down (Pink Fish Press), even though she doubts the number of women who’ve really paid for college by doffing their drawers.
“I don’t know how many women actually strip to pay for school,” she admitted to The Huffington Post. “I remember maybe one woman studying in the bathroom. However, a strip club offering to pay tuition is a clever idea. Strippers have flexible hours, so it could totally work.”
Hageman, believes that stripping skills would easily be transferable to other majors besides the obvious ones like dance or acting.
“If you want to be a writer, stripping provides great life experience and it’s good for sociology because you can study interesting groups of people,” she said. “On the other hand, taking business classes would probably help dancers learn marketing and sales skills.”
And just as a college degree is proven to increase one’s salary, Hageman believes college students who strip might earn more in tips.
“Some customers want to know more about the dancer and might tip more if they know she’s in college trying to better herself,” she said.