Regulation of the erotic dancing industry
22 June 2012
The past few years have seen an increase in the number of erotic dancing clubs, with venues branding themselves as a respectable part of the leisure industry. But with this came allegations that clubs were normalising the idea of paying for sexualised encounters with women, and that such venues were linked to rising levels of male sexual violence.
Dr Teela Sanders and her colleagues Dr Kate Hardy and Rosie Campbell, who are based at the University of Leeds, carried out the largest study to date of the erotic dancing industry in the UK night-time economy to assess the realities of negative claims about the industry.
The 'Regulatory Dance' project drew on information gathered during consultation with Local Authority licensing officials, club owners/managers and dancers. A second phase of follow-on funding was awarded to work directly with licensing officials, the industry and to create a smartphone application and website resource of dancers. Following co-operation with the researchers, Local Authorities such as Leeds, Blackpool, Manchester and Camden have adopted specific 'good practice' procedures, while a number of initiatives are ongoing to improve safety, licensing, working conditions and welfare of dancers.