Running A Stage Rotation In Today’s Gentleman’s Club

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Strip Club DJ 101 is meant as both a tool for DJs that are new to the business as well as a way for veteran DJs to reflect on skills that they now take for granted. Keep an eye out for upcoming segments!


 

Ilan is the Resident DJ at Kahoots in Columbus, OH, Chairman of the Education Committee, and PANDA Secretary of the Board with over 20 years of experience.


 

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The stage after hours at PaperMoon Southside Gentlemen’s Club

Running a stage rotation in a gentlemen’s club is one of the most important and under appreciated skills of being a Strip Club DJ/MC.  There are many different type of rotations. They can vary from club to club and market to market.  They can have 1, 2 or 3 song sets. They can include 1, 2 , 3 , or 4+ entertainers at a time on a stage. There can be 1 stage or 10 stages!  They can be a simple “follow “ rotation where an entertainer hits every stage in the club one after the other or they can be a “split” rotation where the entertainer goes to a different stage for her set every time she goes up.  These are just a few of the possible variations available to you.

The first thing you should do is ask the Head DJ or General Manager what kind of rotation the club runs.  If you don’t know how to run the rotation they are using then ASK them to teach you how they would like it run. You must run the rotation they dictate to you.  A key component of rotation success is communicating who is stepping on & off the stage  and which entertainer(s) are on “stand-by” to your floor hosts or managers. This can be done by making clear distinct stage calls on the mic and via radio if possible. Building a good relationship and ability to communicate with your entertainers and floor staff will assist in this as well.

At many clubs you may run into the problem of entertainers with similar sounding names such as “Hailey” & “Bailey”.  There are several ways to work around this:
  • Use their hometown in their introduction to stage
  • Describe their hair color or their strongest physical trait when you introduce them
  • Describe the color of their costume
  • Give entertainers nicknames on the mic that they know and respond to
  • Point out a distinguishing tattoo
  • Use any credits they may have as a distinguishing feature for the mic
  • Do NOT point out their ethnicity as a defining feature (Many will find this offensive)

 

All of these techniques are for the benefit of the entertainers to have a better chance to hear their stage call and some of them serve a secondary purpose of giving your guest a chance to differentiate which girl is which as they step into the spotlight.  Some of these suggestions may also give your guests a conversation piece or question as a way to approach the entertainers.  Remember, many of your guests have NO idea which dancer on stage corresponds to which name you have called.  This is especially true in clubs where there is more than one performer on a particular stage at a time.

 

Now for some ways to make any rotation interesting and eye-catching!
  • First and foremost when at all possible try to avoid putting entertainers that look the same up together
  • Mix the hair color, skin tone, tattoos  and overall look of your entertainers as much as possible
  • Mix and match the type of performers on stage together.
  • Mix your strong pole & aerial performers with your strong floor work performers, your “twerkers” with your elegant “strutter-posers”
  • You may also mix your 9’s & 10’s with your 6’s, 7’s & 8’s
  • It is also important to try and keep entertainers with similar tastes in music together  once you have considered the other factors first
  • However, don’t put the tallest entertainer with the shortest entertainer, or the heaviest entertainer with the slightest entertainer (These contrasts are not flattering to the mentioned performers)
This approach, using complimentary yet contrasting entertainers, gives your guests a varied view to enjoy while highlighting the individual entertainer’s strengths.  It also maximizes each entertainers appeal and prevents them from essentially competing against themselves.  Hopefully it allows your guests to enjoy one of the many beautiful and unique ladies to look at throughout their time at your venue!

 

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  1. Education committee? ? Come on man. If you’ve reached the level of running a night shift and don’t know this….your club is what you need to worry about, not your DJ

    • Not all DJs are running night shifts or the power weekend shifts. We all had to start somewhere.

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