Similar to it’s neighbour Australia, Wellington has a very popular working holiday visa program. Sex work is prohibited in the visa terms for this type of stay. Stripping is Unfortunately considered sex work by the New Zealand law. Therefore it is still illegal for dancers without citizenship or residency to take exotic dancer jobs in Wellington, including those with working holiday visas. Australians have freedom to work in New Zealand, due to a reciprocal agreement between the two countries that allows free movement and work for both sets of citizens.
These dancers need to prove they have exceptional talent, profile or skill. This type of visa requires the holder to have abilities that wouldn’t automatically be present with locals. Here you can browse and search to see if there is any available dancer jobs in Wellington.
One of the types of stripper jobs in Wellington available for foreign dancers, is as a feature dancer. These are performers that do themed, feature shows, often of 15-20 minutes in length. The theme is reflected in the costumes, music and props and these can very very imaginative. Comic book characters and professions are just two of the huge range of possibilities a creative dancer can tackle. Many showgirls enter national and international competitions, some with large prize funds. Therefore, some of the feature performances can be very imaginative and elaborate. Gentlemen clubs in Wellington are very Americanised regarding the stage focus. Some have very elaborate stage performances and dancer troupes. The lap dancing clubs are very lively and the dancers expect the customers to tip performances and get a good income from this type of work.
The feature shows get top billing in strip clubs. Gentlemen’s clubs will schedule them at peak times, such as weekend nights, around midnight. It is not unusual for feature performers to exclusively do shows. It requires a different skill set to club work. The showgirls are paid by performance, therefore, there is not a huge amount of sell. There is no expectation to tip the feature show. In fact, it is discouraged as to not spoil the flow of the performance.
Feature dancers with high profiles can command significantly higher rates. These profiles can be built via social media, editorial work and participating in, and winning, recognised competitions. Residencies are sometimes in place and make it possible to have dancer jobs in Wellington with a guaranteed salary. A lot of time needs to be spent rehearsing and planning shows so this branch of exotic dance jobs are not for every dancer.
For those girls that are not suited to feature dancer work, there is the more abundant, and more anonymous option of club dancer work. These stripper jobs in Wellington suit the kind of dancers that are more into the selling than just the performance itself. Club dancers in Wellington work on a commission basis and there is not guarantee of earnings. This is in line with the ‘lap dance system’. House fees, or percentages from each sale, or a combination of both are paid to the club.
Tipping is fairly commonplace with exotic dancer jobs in Wellington and the clients expect to tip. It is up to the dancers to encourage the clients to tip as much as possible. Like the USA, tipping can be a significant top up to earnings. Some club dancers build professional social media profiles in order to increase exposure and business. However, this is not a pre-requisite to become a high level of club dancer.