How To Striptease

Author: by Kiley Oram

You don't need to be a born dancer and you don't need to install a pole into your bedroom to take it all off for your lover. All you need is a little imagination, a bit of courage, and a sense of adventure. Performing a striptease can be a huge turn-on, and not just for your very special audience. Shedding your inhibitions to get dressed up and show off your body is sexy, not to mention lots of fun.

  1. Imagine it first. You're hot stuff. Your lover sure thinks so, too. Loving your body and being excited about showing it off are the most important parts of a striptease. So imagine yourself front and center, gyrating to the music while your lover gets hotter and hotter…
  2. Choose the right music. What music turns you on or makes you want to move? The song that works best is the song that makes you feel sexy, whether it's hard rock, hip-hop, or opera. If you're having trouble finding a song, think of what mood you want to convey in your number. Sultry and seductive? Pick something slow and brooding (some trip-hop or blues?). Fast and frenzied? Don't neglect heavy metal! There's a style of music for whatever you want to express. If you really want your routine to hit home, find out what music turns your lover on and dance to that.
  3. Add costumes and props. You've got your music, now you need something to take off! Do you want your act to have a theme? Put together a costume: lots of lingerie stores have naughty costumes, or try thrift stores for some vintage props. This is the perfect opportunity to play dress-up. You can be anything—a silver screen legend, a pin up girl, or a cross-dressed young man—just do whatever turns you on. Don't forget props. Props can give you more to do while you're dancing: a stethoscope to play doctor, a red nose to be a dirty clown ('cause humor is SO sexy), a vacuum for the door-to-door salesman act, you get the idea!
  4. Get moving. You can be a great stripper even if you've got two left feet. With the costume, songs and props in place, you don't have to be yourself if you don't want to, just get into character. Be that naughty nurse, sassy schoolgirl, or bossy policeman. If it feels silly (although silly can be sexy) or clichéd to gyrate in a stereotypical “stripper” style, try some old-fashioned burlesque moves:
    • bump and circle your hips from side to side and front to back
    • showcase a part of your body (an arm, a leg, breasts) by slowly dragging your hand along it (be coy)
    • be expressive with your face—smile, pout, wink. Your expressions can add a lot to your act.
    • Slowly taking off a glove can be surprisingly sultry. Pull at the fingertips teasingly with your teeth, run a removed glove over your skin.
    • Remember, the tease is what makes it a stripTEASE—don't rush to remove your clothes. Make your audience wait. Enjoy the music and have fun with it.
  5. Flaunt your assests. Focus on your favorite body parts and your lover will too. Love your legs? Wear high heels to show 'em off! Admire your strong arms? Slowly remove long gloves so your lover’s eyes will be riveted to them. Whether it’s your hair, smile, butt, or big toe, if you love it make sure you show it off. You're celebrating your body, not hiding it. (If you’re self-conscious about a certain body part, think creatively—burlesque performers swear by fishnet stockings with back seams, because they make your legs look a mile long. Corsets play up your curves, and wigs, hats or hair extensions can give you a whole new look).
  6. The grand finale. When your partner's eyes have popped out of his or her head, treat him or her to a much-deserved lap dance (which can easily turn into a bed dance.. or a floor dance.. or..). 

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