Pole Dancing Champion Tiffany Hayden Behind the Scenes!

Oct 12 2012
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Tiffany Hayden Spearmint Rhino

Tiffany Hayden at her sexiest!

Watch the current Spearmint Rhino Entertainer of the Year, Tiffany Hayden, talk about the climb to becoming a pole dancing champion and award winning feature entertainer!

It was a lot of fun interviewing Tiffany.  She is a very sweet lady and this was our first time meeting at the EXPO in Las Vegas!  This interview took place after she competed in the Miss Pole Champ USA.  Check it out!

Here are some amazing pics of her and her hand-made high heels in action!

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Pole Dance Shoes Part 4: Mary Jane Stripper Shoes

Aug 22 2012
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Mary Jane Stripper Shoe

This is a black and white classic to the Mary Jane Style!

The Mary Jane stripper shoe is gaining fast popularity among exotic dancers and pop culture icons –  so even though it is technically a patent leather stripper shoe, it’s unique design has prompted me to give this shoe its own category in the halls of pole dance history.  We’ve discussed the six types of stripper shoes in our previous videos along with going into depth about clear stripper shoes and patent leather stripper shoes, and so today we’re going to talk about the five ins and outs of Mary Jane stripper shoes and how you can best wear them!  That includes size, design, heel height and support for your foot with orthotics.

I’m Jennifer McCumber, author of Freedom V, feature columnist for ED Publications and I’m leading the movement for exotic dancer education all over the world.

The American history term, Mary Jane, refers to a closed toe, low cut shoe with one or more straps across the instep.  These are classic school-girl uniform shoes traditionally worn with pantyhose or socks, and a dress or a skirt and blouse.

Today’s more stylish Mary Jane shoes tend to be in platform style shoes with chunky heels and thick straps.  Many times the wearers will accent the look with knee-high knit socks in dark patterns, hosiery, and a plaid skirt to top it off.

For our purposes when referring to Mary Jane Stripper Shoes, we’re talking about a high heel shoe that mimics the instep and platform design of the original Mary Jane shoe but with an extra high heel and high platform, as you see below!

The five things to look for in patent pole dance shoes are the same 5 things we discussed in the clear shoes video – but are applied differently to Mary Jane shoes.

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Pole Dance Shoes Part 3: Patent Stripper Shoes

Aug 10 2012
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Patent Pole Dance Heel Shoe

These sexy vixen red stripper shoes are just one of many styles of Patent Leather Pole Dance Shoes!

We’ve discussed the six types of stripper shoes in our previous videos along with going into depth about clear stripper shoes in our last video, and so today we’re going to talk about the five ins and outs of patent leather stripper shoes and how you can best wear them!  That includes size, design, heel height and support for your foot with orthotics.

I’m Jennifer McCumber, author of Freedom V, feature columnist for ED Publications and I’m leading the movement for exotic dancer education all over the world.

Patent pole dance shoes consist of pretty much everything else other than clear stripper shoes.  The clear stripper shoes are made of plastics and PVC and other materials, to where as the patent stripper shoes are made from leather.

This may sound strange to you, but I always found the clear plastic stripper shoes to be much more comfortable than the patent leather stripper shoes.  It was something about the plastic molding to the shape of my foot that made it all the better!

Patent Stripper shoes use a type of superior grade leather with what they call a “japanned” finish, which is what gives this shoe a glossy, shiny finish.  The process of patent leather, which was never patented as in the invention way of patenting things, used an oil coating over the leather but in today’s shoes you’ll usually find a plastic coating around these patent leather stripper shoes!

The five things to look for in patent pole dance shoes are the same 5 things we discussed in the clear shoes video – but are applied differently to patent shoes.

1.  The size and width
2.  The strap design
3.  The toe cut design
4.  The heel hight in relation to the platform
5.  Orthotics or arch supports

1.  Size and width – patent stripper shoes don’t expand in size as much as clear stripper shoes do after you’ve been wearing them for a while.  I’ve found that the patent shoes run a little narrower than the clear shoes do in general, but that may not be the case 100% of the time.  The patent leather material is more sturdy than the clear shoes.

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Pole Dance Shoes Part 2: Clear Stripper Shoes

Jul 21 2012
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Sexy High Heels Clear

In my last photo shoot in San Diego, I made sure I sported the latest clear heeled stripper shoes!

Clear Stripper Shoes are a favorite among strippers, pole dancers, strip clubs, pageant contestants, proms, weddings, and a variety of other formal functions because of their aesthetic appeal that is like a Cinderella Slipper or Ballerina.

I’m Jennifer McCumber, author of Freedom V, feature columnist for ED Publications and I’m leading the movement for exotic dancer education all over the world.

Today we’re going to dive into the ins and outs of what you need to know if you will be wearing these clear stripper shoes for any length of time in the club or elsewhere!  I’ve brought my own personal heels here to show you how I modify them if I am going to dance, and the things that you should look for when your are buying clear shoes.

The name clear stripper shoes can also be referred to as lucite heels because they are made from a transparent material.  The empty, clear space you see in the platform and heel has been used to contain all sorts of fun and flashy items like lights, liquids or even glitter or fake fish.

The materials clear stripper shoes are made out of include polycarbonate, PVC, Lucite and acrylic resin.  The best brands to look for include Pleaser, Ellie, Luscious, The Highest Heel Collection and a few others.  Even Prada and Fendi emulated the style with their more expensive, high end shoes to add a little erotic flare to their line of shoes due to the popularity of this style.

Stars that are FAMOUS for wearing clear heels include Beyonce, Rihanna, and Prince of all people!

Clear Heeled High Heels

Clear Stripper Shoes are a MUST have in your dancewear wardrobe!

The top things you need to consider when looking for clear stripper shoes are the following

1.  The size and width
2.  The strap design
3.  The toe cut design
4.  The heel hight in relation to the platform
5.  Orthotics or arch supports

1.  Clear stripper shoes expand over time.  I had to get a new pair about every 4-6 months because the plastic material would expand and my foot would start slipping right out of the shoe subtly.  Of course, I was in them 5 nights per week.  This is something you want to look out for.

2.  The strap design is important because you need straps on your shoes to give you extra security and stability so you don’t end up tripping over your shoe or risk it coming off while you are performing.

3.  The toe cut design is important.  I used to buy Pleaser shoes that had a squared off toe cut design, which gives dancers with wider feet a much more comfortable scenario for their toes.  When they stopped making these I had to wrap medical tape around my toes because the plastic that curves around in a more circular fashion would chafe my feet and make me bleed.  After a while you get calloused and used to it so  you don’t always have to do that.  Many ladies never have to.  It just depends on your feet, how wide or narrow they are and the size and quality of shoe you can find.

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The Six Types of Pole Dance Shoes for Strippers

Jul 18 2012
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Pole Dance Shoes

These Clear Stripper Heels are a Classic in the Industry!

Choosing a pair of stripper shoes can be a very daunting task.  What kind are the best to wear?  Which kind are the most durable?  Should you buy a size too small, too big, or stay true to your own size?  What is the most cost-effective way to buy stripper shoes?  And ultimately, how can you be relatively comfortable in Pole Dance shoes without getting blisters, plantar faciitis or other aches and pains?

This is the first video in a multi-video series about Stripper Shoes and Pole Dance Shoes.  Today we’re going to generally dive into the six options you have as a stripper who is shopping for shoes to dress to impress AND maintain your functionality on the dance floor!  Then with each video to come we will define what each type of shoe is and we’ll make YOU an expert on stripper shoes and how to wear them best!

I’m Jennifer McCumber, author of Freedom V, feature columnist for ED Publications and I’m leading the movement for exotic dancer education all over the world.

There are two major categories of pole dance shoes to choose from – stripper shoes and stripper boots.  The three types of stripper shoes are:

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Exotic Dancing Becomes Socially Acceptable from Society Shifts

Mar 13 2012
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From women who’ve worked on Wall Street to women paying their way through college, exotic dancing has saved many women’s lives, careers, and even their children from the alternative of moms loosing their homes and even their jobs in this economy.  All without having to compromise their moral values like in much of the infamous myths about this profession!

If you are apprehensive about doing this business of exotic dance I completely understand! Or maybe you have taken the plunge and there are people in your life that have a big problem with it.  This apprehension happens mostly because society has always trained women to do only what is traditionally considered ladylike, socially acceptable, and polite. This is why most women in the previous century were either teachers, nurses, or secretaries – not that those things are bad at all – but what if a lady didn’t want to do that?  What if she wanted to be an engineer?  Too Bad – secretary school for her!   Women were also told to cover their ankles and shoulders because it was provocative.  I say that trying to control women’s decisions, lives, and limiting their options of FREEDOM for the sake of ego, power, and medieval ideals is the most horrid evil around!  However, things are a lot different now than they used to be, and there are quite a few examples of this.

McCumber working at Hooters

Here I am as a Hooters Girl in College!

Consider the following points of reference.

Working at Hooters. Before I became an exotic dancer, like so many young college women today, around my sophomore year in college I became a Hooters girl. The truth is that exotic dancing is very similar to a Hooters waitressing job; really there is not a huge difference between the two. You wear tight clothes, show cleavage, promote a fun atmosphere – and you get hit on by the clientele quite a bit. At Hooters there are many beautiful women all working in one place, and men come there seeking interaction and entertainment.

At Hooters, there are beautiful, friendly women working there that men avidly come in to talk to. These women give men a “GFE”—girlfriend experience—with an attractive young lady who will simply sit down with them and talk to them about their day. This is exactly what exotic dancers do. We will show men or women that we are interested in who they are and what they have to say, not just in selling them our looks, food, or drinks.

There is, however, one major difference: the income! It’s amazing that I worked hundreds of hours at Hooters during my two–year stay, but within the first few months of being a dancer I made much more money than I ever could have dreamed of making at Hooters.

This is just one example of how exotic dancing is like any other established, respectable business. It all comes down to sales and marketing: The business aspect of exotic dancing is like running and promoting any other company, and it is the best business education you can get as a young person because there is little risk, no going into debt, no overhead and you have no employees. Just you, starting with the basics and learning how to be independently wealthy without the headache of having to get a business loan or please investors on the chance that you might make a profit.

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How to be a Stripper: a Respectable Business Like Any Other

Jan 27 2012
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Hi It’s Jennifer again and in our last video called, My Stripping Stories and How Women Today are Approaching Pole Dancing as a Career, we talked about how women today are approaching pole dancing as a profession and saving their lives, their jobs, their homes and even their children from the alternative of loosing their homes and their jobs in this economy.  And they aren’t just surviving, they are thriving on an amazing income that gives them the freedom to pay their bills, pay for their education, buy a nice home, a nice car and go on vacation!

You might say, Now wait a second – Do you expect me to actually take this kind of risk? To venture into a sleazy bar – dance in front of an audience – and then proceed to take my top off? That’s truly ludicrous!

But Wait – other than the fact that learning how to be a stripper is a respectable business in today’s world and that you don’t have to compromise your moral and ethical values that we talked about on our last video  – Can you think of any other profession that allows you to go from nothing – having no knowledge about the industry or any formal education at all – to being able to audition after simply watching my videos for an hour or two, and begin making hundreds of thousands of dollars the same day?

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My Stripping Stories and How Women Today are Approaching Pole Dancing as a Career

Jan 24 2012
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Exotic Dancing isn't as bad as the stigmas would have you believe!

Many of my Stripping Stories on how women today are approaching pole dancing as a career will shock you – including my own. From women who’ve worked on Wall Street to women paying their way through college, you will learn why pole dancing has saved so many women’s lives, careers, their homes, and even their children from the alternative of loosing their homes and their jobs in this economy. The underworld of exotic dancing has emerged from a maze of mystery and misconception into the mainstream with media coverage from respected sources such as CNBC, OWN, FOX news and more.

The first time the opportunity to try exotic dancing was presented to me after I graduated from college at age 25, I swore I would never do such a thing. I thought it was wrong – dirty, unhealthy and unsafe. It was, perhaps surprisingly, my fiance who suggested it to me after he had consulted with one of our dancer friends about the cleanliness and high standards of our local business club. He knew I was on the “30-year mortgage plan” with my student loans and credit card debt, and he wanted to empower me.  But – the point here is – like so many closed minded individuals today, I had never been to a club and I automatically assumed that it was nothing but pimping, whoring and drug use. I was abhorred at the suggestion and shot it down rather quickly.

Reluctantly we went to our local club and started talking to one of the bouncers. The bouncer thought we were really cool so he went and got the head manager. The manager could see that we were serious and professional, and finally he asked me, “What can I do to get you on my stage?” I was flabbergasted!  I thought the prospective dancers asked him that question!  Come to find out they do – but I stood out somehow.

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Lap Dances are a Worthy Art Form Both Physically and Legally

Dec 10 2011
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Jennifer McCumber Lap Dancing

And they're saying THIS doesn't take skills?!

We had the pleasure of making Bloomberg News in regards to the debate, “Is Lap Dancing Art?”   Just take a look at the pictures and videos in this blog post for your answer!  “Here’s Your Sign!”

This is what we told Bloomberg:  “To make a lap dance work, I had to combine concepts from gymnastics, things I learned from pole dancing, belly dancing I learned in college and even martial arts,” McCumber said in a telephone interview. “You have to have physical and mental agility to perform, while also making it seductive and alluring.”

A prominent dance anthropologist and professor at the University of Maryland who specializes in studying all types of dance, Judith Hanna, has stated:

“Exotic dance shares with virtually all dance genres the fact that it is a purposeful, intentionally rhythmical, culturally patterned, nonverbal, body movement communication in time and space.  It conveys meaning by the use of space, touch, proximity to an observer, nudity, stillness and specific body movements.”

Coming from an artistic education background myself, it is a shame that exotic dancing has been marginalized for the nudity it contains, as if nudity were bad in and of itself.  That’s like saying guns kill people.  I have news for you:  people kill people!  We are all born nude, we shower nude, we were walking around nude before people told us we had to do otherwise.  It is completely natural and evolved to be able to openly express nudity in art.  Nudity is contained in Operas, musicals, theater, most movies that you go and see, and it is all over cable TV.  So why is it that when it happens in real life in a gentlemen’s club, people get all bent out of shape?

Eric Langan, CEO of Rick’s Cabaret even states in the Bloomberg article

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Hustler Stripper Pole Gold Pro Edition Review

Sep 14 2011
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Thanks to our friends at TabuToys for their awesome stripper poles and dancewear!

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