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Unread Posted: 12-29-2013, 04:04 AM   #6
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Date at Club: No Comment Customers per Dancer: No Comment Management: No Comment
Overall Rating: Not rated by lol1337a Mileage Expected: No Comment Booking Delay: No Comment
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I worked at Mardi Gras briefly last year. The first night I went I brought a gorgeous girl from Jamaica and we were both enthusiastically hired by the manager on duty and worked the shift. It was a Sunday and we both did well enough. It was a little dead and sort of hard to sell dances that night, but we both were able to sell enough VIP rooms to make up for it. The suggested tip was $400/h $200/hh and a few customers happily paid. The half hour on stage every hour was mind numbing but they didn't seem to enforce it too much so I was able to "not hear my name called" and hustle on a few occasions. We went back a few days later when the main hiring manager happened to be there. I never saw her in person but my friend ran into her before she was done getting ready. Afterward another staff member came into the dressing room to tell both of us to go to their sister club for the night. I'd talked to this woman over the phone so I sent her a text asking what was up. She said it looked like my friend was "out to do her laundry" so we both had to go to the lower tier club. She said I was welcome to return another night but I had to tell my friend not to come back. 99% sure it was pure racism. Super unprofessional to ask me to fire someone for her and to punish me for bringing in someone she didn't like! I couldn't believe it. We went to the other club because we'd driven an hour and a half and wanted something to show for it. The staff was amazing there but there just wasn't enough money to come back. My suspicions of racism were pretty much confirmed when I saw that the cast offs were average looking white girls and hot minorities. I never went back to Mardi Gras on principle. I think the manager I'm talking about is on maternity leave, but watch out if you're a traveling dancer who isn't white, or have a problem with racists. And +1 for auditioning alone in general because you might get punished for having a friend they don't like.
 
Unread Posted: 04-24-2013, 01:29 PM   #5
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Date at Club: 04/06/2013 Customers per Dancer: 3 Management: Average
Overall Rating: Rated: 8 stars by keepitclassy Mileage Expected: Light Contact Booking Delay: A Week
Dancer Quality: 7-8 Customers: Mixed
Fees: Low Dances per Customer: 0-1 Selling dances: Average
Hiring Tips: contact Vinnie to book
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The Mardi Gras is a 2 floor club attached to an expensive steakhouse and located right in the middle of downtown Springfield. The club is open 7 days a week from noon til 2am, and has 2 shifts, noon-6 & 6-close. Fees per shift are $40 total. ($30 to club & $10 to DJ).
A guy named Vinnie is in charge of hiring new dancers. You can contact him at 413-272-9590, they don't do auditions here, they just have you text a couple photos of yourself. Basically you can have tattoos and crazy hair, even be a little on the curvier side, as long as you have a flat stomach (think Kim Kardashian), most of the girls that dance here are white by the way. On your first night you will fill out some paperwork including a W2 tax form, bc dancers here actually get paid an hourly wage! ($2.15 an hr, same as the shot girls & bartenders)
The club has one of the largest and nicest dressing rooms I've come across, great lighting, lots of space and full length mirrors.
There are no outfit rules, and while it is technically a nude club, the club leaves it up to you if you wish to dance nude or not, and the majority of girls choose not to.
The club runs about 25-30 girls during the week, and around 50 on weekends. Many girls from surrounding cities come up to work Fri & Sat, and the club provides rooms you can stay in for small fee.
The club has one large main stage with 2 poles, that is also the bar, be careful not to spill customers drinks! Depending on what time you hit the floor the DJ will assign you to be on stage either on the hour, or on the half. Stage sets are 30 min long, but if you are giving a lapdance or in VIP you can skip your stage set.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the club except at the upstairs bar, but most customers just go outside.
Lapdances are done in a large open room, lined with small couches, customers keep their arms to the side. You are allowed to set your own prices, but club does take $5 of each dance. VIP rooms upstairs are sold in 15/30/60 min increments, a host keeps track of the time, again you may set your own prices, but club takes $50/90/150 dollars. 30 & 60 min VIPs include 2 free drinks. Customers do expect more contact upstairs, but nothing major, the rooms do not have doors/curtains.
The club has 3 ATMs on the premises, or customers can use a cc to purchase dances if they agree to a 7% fee.
Nightly earnings for me varied, and, like at many clubs, Mondays are the slowest night of the week, Fridays the best. The stage just takes up too much of this club in my opinion and how they run so many multiple dancers on stage at a time can make selling dances difficult at times. Many customers are just happy as clams to sit at the stage all night and not buy any lapdances at all. However, any night of the week you should be able to make $150-$200 in stage tips alone, so you never have to worry about not making your housefees back or anything like that.
Overall, I did like this club bc management is laid back, dances are low contact and you can set your own dance prices. If this club was closer to me I would definitely work there more often. Good luck!
 
Unread Posted: 01-18-2010, 10:26 AM   #4
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Date at Club: 12/01/2009 Customers per Dancer: 6 Management: Could Improve
Overall Rating: Rated: 7 stars by lanipop22 Mileage Expected: Medium Contact Booking Delay: A Day or Two
Dancer Quality: 1-2 Customers: Mixed
Fees: Average Dances per Customer: No Comment Selling dances: Average
Hiring Tips: fit body a must pretty and talented
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I have worked here for almost a year. I must say this is the most beautiful club in the area and is very upscale and clean. It has 6 bars two main stages and I vip lounge upstairs if you want to get away from the crowds. There is also a seperate champagne lounge with a bar. Now its 3 in one a nightclub strip club and restaraunt. I must say when I first stared working here I made like 1500 to 3000 thurs thru Sunday. The dressing room is huge with 2 full bathrooms a eat in kitchen tanning booth exercise machine lockers in which u can hide in lol and a hotel upstairs if u would like to stay if u drive far . The only catch 22 is u need to be on top of your game you can't let yourself slack. I weighed in at 130 and I'm 5 3 wheni first started here and as soon as I put on 10 pounds they told me if I needed to drop it they told I could only work Sunday and Monday and they would book me next door at center stage for the rest of the week which I thought ok cool. I'm spanish I'm thick in the right places but this club tries to go for a certain look try barbie doll blonde and just as plastic. Unless your real petite and pretty. This club doesn't hire black girls unless you look like latoya jackson seriously u need a weave nose job and boob implants which pisses me off because I had brought in my friend who is pretty amazing on the pole doesn't do drugs personality a 10 and they told her they were booked but as soon as 20 min later this ugly skinny crack head looking white bitch comes in they told her yeah u can work! So I asked management why they hired her instead of my talented friend without an audition they said it wasn't the look they were going for. Real racist so if your black they'll probally send you to center stage or fifth alarm. Center satge is str8 I work there now its clean they renovated it girls are chill but if they send u to the fifth tell them to go to hell ! Goodluck
 
Unread Posted: 09-08-2006, 08:38 AM   #3
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I worked here over the summer for a weekend and they also asked me to work at mardi gras II. It was really slow there so i didnt really like it. My friend just started there this fall and they have not asked her to work at a slower club. So my guess is they are some how selective of who works their slower clubs. But now sure what the criteria is based on.
 
Unread Posted: 08-15-2006, 07:53 AM   #2
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Date at Club: 07/31/2006 Customers per Dancer: No Comment Management: Could Improve
Overall Rating: Rated: 9 stars by blueTshirt Mileage Expected: Hard Contact Booking Delay: No Comment
Dancer Quality: 7-8 Customers: Mixed
Fees: Average Dances per Customer: 2-3 Selling dances: Easy
Hiring Tips: dance slow and smile. thats what i did.
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I have worked at the Mardi Gras and at Center Stage since the beginning of this summer. i love the gras. absolutely love it. i only work day shifts (sat and sun) and i average $550-650. sometimes more. rarely less. there's a large oval shaped stage with a bar in the middle of it. the customers sit on the perimeter and you dance your way around it. there are channels cut through parts of the stage so the bartenders can reach the customers, and that can be a little annoying. at some parts of the stage it is difficult to get near a customer to dance for them. and sometimes dollars fall down there :/ there are only two little poles that aren't very tall, plus the stage cuts off (into the bar) not too far from either of them so there's not too much room for footing. i'd say if you are a pole star, this may not be the place for you. but there are lots of other fun things to interact with on stage, including the channels. there's a column on one end, a big square mirrored column on the other, and a few bike-post type things, that go over the channels to help you cross them without falling down. customers are great. they will often approach you to ask for dances, so hustling is easy. still i recommend sitting down and chatting with them for a minute before you pitch the question. you spend a half hour onstage, half hour off. shifts are 12-7, 7-2 the owner of the gras also owns several other clubs (center stage, anthony's, teddy b's, fifth alarm, mardi gras II). usually, all new dancers (new to the club i mean) are required to work at least one shift at one of these other clubs. anthony's and center stage are alright. haven't seen teddy b's or fifth alarm, but i hear they're both a dive. mardi gras II is a topless club in connecticut. if you work at the gras long enough you can work there exclusively. but i don't know how long that is. i'm only here for the summer so i haven't looked into it. the management is pretty damn disorganized, especially the scheduler, Becky, who also does the hiring. she's really nice though. i've never had any bad experiences with the management, but i've seen some of them yelling and swearing at other dancers, which, as a first time dancer, i found pretty shocking. you don't get a locker til you've worked there for a month. don't know why... customers will try to touch you during private dances. i don't allow this myself, but some girls do. i just tell them "no touching" and replace their hands where they belong, and repeat as necessary. eventually they get it. but dances at this club involve lots of dancer-to-customer contact, and they will expect that at the very least. i highly recommend this club. it was my first club as a first time dancer and i have had very very few bad experiences here. customers are generally 30-40 years old and very respectful. during the day at least. more younger guys at night, but i don't work nights so i can't really say what its like.
 
Unread Posted: 05-07-2006, 01:41 PM   #1
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Date at Club: 11/30/2004 Customers per Dancer: No Comment Management: Average
Overall Rating: Rated: 8 stars by Kaiyla Mileage Expected: Light Contact Booking Delay: No Comment
Dancer Quality: No Comment Customers: Mixed
Fees: Average Dances per Customer: 2-3 Selling dances: Easy
Hiring Tips: None
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There is definitely money to be made here, at least there was when I was about a year ago. I auditoned and worked on the same night. I worked here while on a road trip with a friend, so I only worked a Friday and Saturday night, but they were good. The only thing I didn't like about this club is that you are onstage a 1/2 hour out of every hour and you are onstage with other girls as well. Basically, the stage is on top of a bar and you dance all the way around to where you started. You are ALWAYS in motion at this club, either onstage or doing a private dance. By the end of the night, my friend and I were exhausted. When I was there, there was light dancer to customer contact. Dances were easy to hustle, and champagne wasn't too difficult to get into either. The club is cool in that the dressing room is HUGE with a kitchen, tanning bed, even a seperate section that accomodates girls who are traveling and allows them to spend the night here if needed.
 
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