Cage dancing

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Exotic dancer performing in a cage

A cage dance is a specific type of erotic dance, performed inside a cage, usually at a night club or dance hall. Dancing in a cage began at the Los Angeles music venue Whisky a Go Go in the 1960s and the number of venues which have adopted the format rose with the increase in the popularity of discothèques. Cage dancing and Go Go dancing go hand-in-hand. The idea of these dancers generally started in the 1960s as a part of the huge disco craze that was occurring.

Carol Doda was unofficially the first known Go Go dancer, when she decided to dance in the Condor Club in San Francisco. Doda danced completely topless and managed to create a significant crowd and other club owners noticed. Whisky a Go Go took the spectator driven form of dance to the next level and created Cage Dancing.

In the popular times of Whisky a Go Go, cage dancing was very literal to the sense that the dancers literally performed in suspended cages, as soon as the doors to the club opened they were in plain sight. Though Whisky A Go-Go was billed as a discothèque, meaning only recordings with no bands, the club opened with a live band led by Johnny Rivers and a mini-skirted DJ spinning records between sets from a suspended cage at the right of the stage. When the female DJ danced during Rivers' set, the audience thought it was part of the act and the concept of Go-Go dancers in a cage was born.

More recently cage dancing is seen in clubs all across Canada and is making its way into clubs internationally. The dancers have become more creative and now use themes and club specific events to pick their costuming, therefore not always resorting to the scandalous attire that most people would assume they wear. Such as bras, underwears and other forms of lingerie.

Some dancers have even taken cage dancing as making it their main form of income and performing at clubs 4-5 times a week. Go-Go dancers which is the term cage dancers are mostly referred to as now, do not only dance in cages but on tables, podiums, stages and bar tops to create a more dynamic performance.

The number one company that provides clubs and events with Go Go dancers is called Femme Fatale Media and Promotions. They find the dancers, provide pictures to the clubs to see if meets their requirements. Then they costume and organizes and ensures that the dancers know exactly what they are doing and how to handle themselves.

Go-go dancing demands exhausting vigor, time and energy—but often yields only one tenth of a stripper's pay. Still, thousands of young girls choose to supplement their incomes with go-go. Many of them are college students. Some are yoga instructors. Others work full-time day jobs in corporate offices and enjoy the extra cash that a night of dancing can quickly yield them. [1]

There are also several Celebrities who initially started out as cage dancers, club performers, or strippers. These celebrities include actress and singer Jennifer Lopez(JLo), singer Stephanie Germanotta(Lady Gaga), actress Carmen Electra, and rapper Eve.

Cage dancing often carried a negative connotation through the years, because of its provocative nature and exploitation of women. As of recent, cage dancing has become a more positive form of entertainment because its change in focus, from the women to the overall experience. The costuming, and content have gained importance, and has leaned towards being more of a burlesque performance.

More recently, both sexes have started to practice cage dancing. Go-Go boys, for example, can regularly be seen in cages at night clubs frequented by homosexuals.

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  • Miller, Gary. "Go Go Dancers." LoveToKnow. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.
  • "Stars Who Were Strippers." Fox News. FOX News Network, n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.