The person who performs a striptease is commonly known as a "stripper" or exotic dancer.
In Western countries, the venues where stripteases are performed on a regular basis are now usually called strip clubs, though they may be performed in venues such as public houses (especially in the UK), theaters and music halls.
This can be done as an impromptu event or – perhaps for a special occasion – with elaborate planning involving fantasy wear, music, special lighting, practiced dance moves, or unrehearsed dance moves. The stripper may prolong the undressing with delaying tactics such as the wearing of additional clothes or putting clothes or hands in front of just undressed body parts such as the breasts or genitalia.
The emphasis is on the act of undressing along with sexually suggestive movement, rather than the state of being undressed.
In the past, the performance often finished as soon as the undressing was finished, though today's strippers usually continue dancing in the nude.
The costume the stripper wears before disrobing can form part of the act.
In some cases, audience interaction can form part of the act, with audience urging the stripper to remove more clothing, or the stripper approaching the audience to interact with them.
Striptease and public nudity have been subject to legal and cultural prohibitions and other aesthetic considerations and taboos.Restrictions on venues may be through venue licensing requirements and constraints and a wide variety of national and local laws. Mencken is credited with coining the word ecdysiast – from "ecdysis", meaning "to molt" – in response to a request from striptease artist Georgia Sothern, for a "more dignified" way to refer to her profession.These laws vary considerably around the world, and even between different parts of the same country. Gypsy Rose Lee, one of the most famous striptease artists of all time, approved of the term.The origins of striptease as a performance art are disputed and various dates and occasions have been given from ancient Babylonia to 20th century America.The term "striptease" was first recorded in 1932, There is a stripping aspect in the ancient Sumerian myth of the descent of the goddess Inanna into the Underworld (or Kur).At each of the seven gates, she removed an article of clothing or a piece of jewelry.