The terms exotic dancer and exotic dance can have different meanings in different parts of the world and depending on context.
In a non-erotic sense, the word "exotic" applies to the fact that something is out of the ordinary or perceived by spectators as unusual. It can also apply to those dancers who master a rare or largely lost art form, including Mevlevi (whirling dervishes), shaman dancers and religious dancers.
There are two main types of exotic dancer seen in strip clubs: feature dancers and house dancers. Feature dancers make feature appearances at clubs all over the world; house dancers work for a particular strip club or franchise. Porn stars often earn extra income as feature dancers.
A third type of exotic dancer or stripper performs at private engagements, such as bachelor parties, and may or may not work in a club at all.
The origin of the erotic interpretation is similar to that of the term massage parlor, in that a description for a non-sexual service was co-opted to describe a sexual service.
- Also see the page [ Erotic dance ]