Our Press and Blog Love
Press: Vibe Vixen
Check out Cosmo's write up on our lap dance tips!
TV: Amoro Sexo
Supermodel Fernanda Lima took our lap dance class with us for her show!
Check out Cosmo's write up on our lap dance tips!
We made the top ten best dance instructors of 2012 list!
Press: Inside New York
Check out what one of the gals over at Inside New York had to say about the lap dance class she took at StripXpertease.
Press: Girl Around TownTime Out New York
StripXpertease was featured on Girl Around Town!
TV: A&E's Growing Up Twisted
StripXpertease was featured on A&E's Growing Up Twisted. We were too racy for TV, but we are in the clips section!
Blog: 2010 Road to Joy
StripXpertease was featured on Joycie's Blog about her 2010 adventures!
Blog: Boomer Ronin
Check out what Yaromil had to say about feeling sexy and senual at Stripxpertease.
Press:Time Out NY
StripXpertease was featured in Time Out's best city deals.
StripXpertease's Stripper Strength was featured on TONY's Sex and Dating Section under Hot Fitness!
StripXpertease was featured on My Two Cents on BETJ in an episode entitled Healthy Sex: the G-Spot. 04/21/07
StripXpertease's Stripper Strength Class, our Texas instructor Saralynn, and our studio in Austin, Free Spirit, were featured on KVUE's morning news segment. 04/18/08
Check out what the Little Runner That Could had to say about our Stripper Strength class in two separate posts:
Check out our reviews:
Our no pole bachelorette party classes and many more were reviewed on Yelp NY:
Press: SPREE NEW YORK
We were featured in the Spree weekly email (June 28th newsletter):
2 Hour Striptease Workshop...Bring sexy back the old fashioned way. Bring a friend and take the beginner moves workshop. Classes are small and for women only... and the instructors won't let you leave without making sure you can look yourself in the mirror and know how hot you are. A self-esteem boost, skipping the gym and new moves in the bedroom is a bargain at $45, or $80 for you and a friend. Class times and locations: StripXpertease.com Contact: Info@StripXpertease.com or (212) 677-1831
Television: THE HIGH HEELS SHOW
We were featured on this NY access show.
April 24th by Jesse Rutherford, titled Sexy 101
****Corrections: our class are located in Austin, not Houston (although we can travel there).
Private exotic dance lessons are a rising trend among college-aged women, according to ClickForLessons.com, an online service that matches private teachers of all fields with students. In 2006, there were over 7,000 requests for exotic dance and pole dancing, which represented a 56% increase from the prior year, according to Steven Cox, CEO of the San Diego company. Exotic dance instructors registered with Click for Lessons across the country say theyre teaching more than the physical dance movestheyre teaching women how to tap into their sexuality while getting a workout thats much more fun than plodding along a treadmill.
Instructors agree that the first step in releasing sexuality is to love yourself, and its part of what they encourage in the classes. You have to own everything you love and dont love about yourself, says Tara Moore, owner and principal instructor of Simply Seductress in Los Angeles, who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and ex-stripper. You have to embrace all of your attributes and when youre okay with who you are, people can see that.
Kimberly Smith, another ex-professional dancer and owner of StripXpertease, with classes in New York City and Houston, adds that in strip clubs you end up leaving and feeling bad about your body, but, she says, exotic dancing in private can improve a womans self-confidence and concept of her body. Students do get a good workout, but Smith has observed that her students tend to be more interested in raising their pulses through the sensuality of dance rather than from cardiovascular exercise.
Across the country, instructors listed with Click for Lessons have seen their class sizes grow over the last year; all those contacted share philosophies of positive reinforcement, openness to all body types, and policies against teaching stripping to enter the sex industry. Youre in a safe place, says Kristin Hubbard of Tease Workout in Naperville, Illinois, near Chicago, whose student roster jumped from eighteen to seventy in just six months. I have quite a few younger students who come first to build their confidence and second for the workout. Its an awesome way to get in shape . . . Its ninety minutes and it just flies byits more like playing. Angela Reininga, owner of Pole Velocity, also in the Chicago area, attests to the fitness aspect of the classes: Pole dancing was great for me because I was always sort of weak, she confides with a laugh, but this has really improved my upper body strength!
and their men can heighten their appreciation of exotic movement through skills
learned in class, and, instructors say, though youll get in shape, you will
still be yourself . . . thats the beauty of learning to appreciate yourself
and your sexuality. Sexy is not a particular dance move or technique. Just
be who you are and be comfortable in your own skinthats what turns
a man on. The other stuff is just eye candy, Moore says.
March 26th, 2007 by Dr. Tara J. Palmatier. The Ask Dr. Tara's Blog. Entry: Strippin's Hard Work Y'all.
A few weeks ago, I received an invitation from an UP member to attend a workshop. I asked the UP office boy, What kind of workshop?
A class that teaches women how to strip.
Not sure Id heard him correctly the first time, I asked, Ive been invited to what? I heard him right. Well, maybe what would they want me to do? Office boy gave me the members contact information. I immediately went to the website www.StripXpertease.com. Naturally, my curiosity was piqued (well, part curiosity and part oh my god, what am I getting myself into?)
My anxiety lessened once I visited the website. Owner and former exotic dancer, Kimberly Smith, began StripXpertease to teach women the art and thrill of the strip tease whilst empowering and instilling confidence in themselves and their bodies. As Kimberly so aptly stated in class, all women have body issues. If you can learn to project confidence, you will begin to feel confident.
Typically, I feel pretty empowered and confident on any given day. I view myself as incredibly bright, capable and attractive. Nevertheless, I like the idea of what Kimberly tries to impart to women through her class, so I agreed to go. Although, I must admit, I blushed and giggled a bit at the thought of attending; giggles of naughty mischief rather than embarrassment, that is.
Kimberly sent directions on what to bring to Basic Moves class: Comfortable clothes, your sexiest pair of high heels and a bra to wear outside of your clothes. No problem.
When class began, Kimberly jumped right in by teaching two basic moves: the Robert and the Lotion. I quickly became aware of some hard facts:
1) The kid from Little Miss Sunshine has better moves than me. Sad, but true.
2) That damned personal trainer was right about flexibility and stretching exercises being just as important as cardio, endurance and strength even though they dont burn as many calories (damn him).
3) And, in the words of Kimberly, Strippins hard work yall!
The class was 2.5 hours long. It progressed from basic moves to the predator look, how to walk (no small feat in 4-inch heels), body posture, a dirty lap dance (good visualizations skills required to perform for an empty folding chair- Ill never tell who I imagined sitting in my empty chair!) and how to remove your clothes from top to bottom and then top to bottom again.
Kimberly is a fantastic instructor. The subject matter of the class could easily make even the most brazen of women a little uneasy; not so with Kimberly at the helm. She combines knowledge, experience and humor in a matter of fact presentation that turns potentially blush-inducing material into funny because its true material.
The women in class included suburban housewives, samba students, a woman celebrating her 40th birthday (the class was a gift from her friend also in attendance), a documentary maker, me and two other women who arrived extremely late (major pet peeve of mine) so I didnt hear their story.
Did I feel more empowered? Yes and no. The class was difficult for me, but not in the way youd expect (and certainly not because of Kimberly- shes great). I spent many years in graduate school. In grad school, you learn how to be good at being right, to be the expert and how to quickly hide your missteps.
I prefer solitary exercises like hiking, walking, climbing and cardio equipment. I usually dont take group classes because Im either a few steps ahead or behind and, despite having a doctorate, sometimes dont know my left from right (I have other talents). Im the person in aerobics class who goes in the opposite direction. When Im not good at something, I avoid it especially if its not an intellectual exercise.
I felt intimidated at first. Not because of poor body image or sexual inhibition, but because I was out of my natural element and I wasnt picking it up as fast as some of the other women. Not to mention, Im 5'9. Put me in 4-inch heels and my center of gravity is far off the ground. I felt wobbly; physically and psychologically.
Half-way through the class, it occurred to me, this is crazy. Who cares if Im screwing up? This is a brand new experience. For me, the empowerment came from realizing I didnt have to get it right. The point was to relax and have fun with it and I did.
I woke the next day happy that I challenged myself and attended the class. It was a great experience. I also woke to aching heretofore unknown muscle groups. Kimberly is right, Strippins hard work yall! And now practice, practice, practice. (Thank goodness my new roommate travels a lot!)
Press: THE VILLAGE VOICE
by Keisha Franklin **Featured under Saturday's Voice's Choice 03-03-07. Titled "Shop it Like it's Hot"
less than attractive these days? Bring sexy back into your life with the Shop
N Strip walking tour. Lingerie experts take sassy ladies shop hoppin
in SOHO to try on garters, bras, thongs, corsets, and other silky undergarments
that are guaranteed to wake up the desirable beast within. Plus, pick up state-of-the
art toys (glass dildos, anyone?) at the chic Babeland sex shop and learn how to
back that thang up in a private 90-minute striptease class. Youll be saucy
in no time! See stripxpertease.com for meet-up location.
Info: $$150 and up (price includes the striptease
class, a gift certificate from
by Allison Bourne-Vanneck. Produced by Lauren Weiner.
By Elizabeth Hayt, December 19, 2005, Titled "Lap Dance Therapy"
Read it at Elizabeth Hayt's website::
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