It has been almost seven years since the last time I was in Vegas, and even though I was in town for work, I decided to get there a few days early and have a little fun. Back in 2009, when I was twenty-four, my friend, Sara, and I headed out for a long weekend. Since Sara lives on the West Coast, it seemed only natural to have a sequel to our first trip there together, so she joined me for two days in Sin City. During that time, we spent on afternoon learning some lap dance and pole moves with Stripper 101 .
While this wouldn’t be my first choice of activity elsewhere, it did make perfect sense in Vegas. Plus, I was happy Sara would be along for the ride, as we made total fools of ourselves.
Located in Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, the convenient location makes it an easy choice for an afternoon activity with your girlfriends, especially since it’s affordable with classes starting at $39.99. Classes start at 3pm and are taught by a stripper in a room in the back of the V Theater.
Our room was pretty full with small groups of friends and a bachelorette party. We started by grabbing a chair and practicing some lap dance moves. Our instructor, Heather, was great as she broke down each move and allowed us to eventually put it all together to music. She also added humor to the class and told us not to think too much, which I appreciated. There was a lot of laughter in the beginning, but we all got a bit more comfortable as the class went on.
Then, we moved on to the pole, which I think everyone was a bit intimidated by. This wasn’t my first experience, but I was just glad I had Sara with me and that I’d never see anyone else in the class again. First, we went over the stripper walk and pranced around our poles to some music.
This was fun, but things really got good when Heather introduced us to a few tricks. Of course, we all wanted to go upside down, but that wasn’t part of the Stripper 101 class, since we were just learning the basics. Instead, we learned a spin that included a backbend, a little something known as the “lazy stripper” where our backs were facing the pole, and a spin down the pole.
We eventually put it all together and added our own moves as we danced until the end of the class. It was a ton of fun, although some of the moves were a bit more difficult than I anticipated, and I left class with a few battle wounds, including a bruise on my shin from my first unsuccessful spin on the pole.
Once we were done dancing, we were allowed to take a few photos before we saw our instructor to receive our stripper licenses and new stripper names: Jade for Sara and Sapphire for me.
We left the class laughing, glad we had decided to try the class. I’d recommend it for a girls trip to Vegas just because of how fun it was, although I’d suggest bringing a pair of heels to class. Jade and I had a whole lot to laugh about for the rest of our time together, especially that night after a few drinks when I tried to remember our lap dance moves on the chair in our room. Needless to say, I’ll leave the dancing to the professionals and stick to yoga.
Sara and I were guests of Stripper 101, but as always all opinions are my own.