Lap Dance Accident Reportedly Results In Stripper Flipping Over The Side of Balcony

220px-Stripper_at_Bachelor_Party_2We have another lap dance accident (here and here and here). The latest injured party however is the stripper herself. Lauren Block was giving a lap dance on the second floor of Christie’s Caberet in The Flats in Cleveland when she reportedly tried to do a flip on the customer’s lap. It took her over the balcony and she landed on the first floor on her head.


The police officer reported that “(The witness) stated that (the dancer) grabbed the rail, as he was facing away from the balcony, and she tried to complete some sort of jump/dance move, and accidentally went head first over the rail.” She is still in critical condition from “major head trauma.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating. That investigation presents a rather novel OSHA question of what is considered dangerous working conditions for a stripper. I have never had a lap dance but I am surprised that they are this acrobatic. The question is whether the establishment requires such moves or whether these strippers act as effectively independent contractors. It does seem a dangerous thing to have people straddling customers on a balcony as a general matter.

Source: Fox8

40 thoughts on “Lap Dance Accident Reportedly Results In Stripper Flipping Over The Side of Balcony”

  1. Mel, you are absolutely correct….

    In seattle I had to pay $70 a night to work in my club….

    In Vegas at the Crazy Horse 2.. I paid 10%…

    and yes… the money is INSANE…. I LOVED my job…. more than any other job I have had in my life….

    I think it is GREAT that you are so supportive of her decision to dance…
    there are a lot of girls that have to lie about that they dance to their parents….

    As for the stereotypes of strippers that you mention….
    I too was very frustrated by this…. When I was not working I wore suits…
    when people would first meet me they were shocked that I was a stripper….
    I also found it odd that people would think that most were into Prostitution being that we make around $1,000 a night and that is just for table dances….

    by the way…. tell your daughter to take LOTS of photos and try to at least get a video tape of her performance on stage…. That is my ONE regret is not having much from that time to look back on….

    this is ALL I have left of that time….

    This is just an OLD magazine that I was in for being a Finalist in the 1995 Showgirl Of the Year competition in Las Vegas…

    the second from the left is what I wore most of the time when I danced on stage, the long white dress….
    the others are from different parts of the competition…. Bathing suit… Talent and evening dress and the white dress of course was the stage performance….

  2. justagurlinseattle
    1, January 3, 2013 at 12:33 am
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    Holy Hannah! justagurl… I’m impressed. I thought Nursing was hard work.

    My friends took me to a strip joint on my 21st birthday, we had a blast and chatted w/the dancer after the show, she was gorgeous, waaaaay too young to be doing what she was doing and hated her job. She was also on her own so thought she had no choice. I wonder if the work is as rough as the ones you work for? In any event, i’m all for any gov protections that can be given in this industry…. some of the girls LOVE the job (I probably would have when I was younger and could do maybe some of the stuff you can do… 😉 Ms. Butterfly obviously is enjoying herself and that is what makes work tolerable…. again….wow….

  3. University Graduate
    1, January 3, 2013 at 8:12 am
    How can one tell how back the head trauma really is?

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    Via MRI…. University Graduate….

    unless of course you are going for the cheap Strippers are dumb routine
    in which case, YOU might want to proof read before posting a comment that calls intelligence into question…. 🙂

  4. My daughter’s a stripper. I can tell you that in most states, not only are strippers not salaried employees, they pay the club a nightly stage fee for the privilege of dancing, and work entirely for tips. Fees for table dances, lap dances, and VIP room dances are split with the club. No benefits whatsoever–my daughter pays for her own health insurance.

    As justagurl said, dancers of all genres are subject to injuries, mostly soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) and foot injuries. Pole dancing is quite athletic and many of the showier moves–especially those inverted drops–are risky. However, I’d be VERY surprised if the club requires that the dancers do any of that stuff, because it has little to no effect on the club’s income; the club makes its money on private dances, and, let’s face it, those aren’t about acrobatic moves.

    Since my daughter started in the business, I’ve become hyper-aware of the facile stripper trope in TV (mostly crime shows) and movies: the airheaded girl on a slippery slope to prostitution, clinging to a transparent fiction that she’s saving money to pay for college. I’ve been surprised and intrigued to find that while there are of course strippers who fit that description, there are many more who do not.

    My daughter, for instance, has a college degree and manages her money very cannily. She pays her taxes and takes home six figures for working three days a week. Last year she bought her first home–with cash. She’s fiercely independent, loves her work, and is in ridiculously good physical shape–she ran a half marathon last month.

  5. Well Justice Holmes, the only thing worse than unmitigated gull is unmitigated albatross. Or being Robin stuck back watching the Batcave.

  6. I am shocked that we still have agencies that have the gull to even inquire as to the safety of a work environment. The Republicans have clearly missed something in their holy crusade. Someone call Mr. Cantor or better yet forward this story to him. This agency needs to be defunded right away. There are billionaires out here who don’t know where their next bowl of caviar is coming from.

    Is she an “independent contractor? Isn’t everyone?

  7. Justagrrrl

    Sad that it might be the case where they are not covered by workers’ comp.

    The woman in the video was impressive, especially with the technique where she seemed to be walking in a semi-circle while holding herself at 90 degrees straight outward. That was impressive.

  8. Christie’s dancer
    1, January 3, 2013 at 1:15 am
    I work at this club and have for 5 years. The fact is we are private contractors and actually are not aloud to do any flipping tricks during lap dances. If we are seen we are typically told not again. It has been a rule for a while so it’s rare to see it happen anymore in our club. I’m not choosing sides just stating the facts of the club. Our club is beautiful and the best in the area. It’s sad a tragedy like this bad to happen. My prayers go out to her and her family.

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    Christies Dancer…..

    I am so sorry this happened to your friend….

    I sure hope she will be ok and will recover fully from this….

    My Thoughts are for sure with her and her family and friends….

    I know that even without flipping tricks during lap dances dancing can still be dangerous….

    Pulled muscles…. knee injuries… head injuries…. and the whole lot….

    People do not understand just how physical dancing can be…..

  9. If she is a W2 employee then she should be covered under workers’ compensation laws. The employer pays the premium, she gets covered.

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    Darren….

    MOST Strippers are not W2 employees….

    so there is no workers comp…..

    Of course I danced 15 years ago…. BUT, I do not suspect much has changed since then….

    back then I also payed for my own health insurance…. BUT, when I injured myself… I had to pay for my injuries out of pocket due to the Wokers Comp laws…..
    Since I was hurt on the job…. I could not use my health insurance to pay for my care…..

  10. If she is a W2 employee then she should be covered under workers’ compensation laws. The employer pays the premium, she gets covered.

    We cannot get into a situation where others import morality or deciding some arbitrary set of rules in which there is some invisible line that can be crossed and the employee or the employer is not indemnified for the loss and out on their own.

    Freak accidents happen in all professions and trades. It is not practical to enumerate all possible injuries and require a standard to be adhered to to receive the benefit.

  11. “strip” club, “pole” dance, “lap” dance.

    i’ve never heard of such things. i must investigate.

    to the batmobile! robin, you stay here and guard the batcave.

  12. I work at this club and have for 5 years. The fact is we are private contractors and actually are not aloud to do any flipping tricks during lap dances. If we are seen we are typically told not again. It has been a rule for a while so it’s rare to see it happen anymore in our club. I’m not choosing sides just stating the facts of the club. Our club is beautiful and the best in the area. It’s sad a tragedy like this bad to happen. My prayers go out to her and her family.

  13. This is a question I can answer with authority….

    I am an Ex- Stripper…..

    It is VERY dangerous work as it is VERY acrobatic….

    As a child I was a gymnast… then I took up many forms of dancing…
    when I was 28… I needed QUICK money as I was in the midst of a break up after 5 years of living with a man…..
    Being that I needed a few thousand dollars rather quickly, I thought I would
    check out stripping for a short time…
    I LOVED IT!!!

    Now understand, I have known TRASHY sleazy Flight Attendants…
    and I have known classy strippers….
    It is all in how you treat the job…

    The stages can be quite slippery…. and the pole… well that is a danger in itself…..

    I once broke my ribs on stage…
    I was doing a Chest stand combo with splits…
    Below is pretty much exactly how I would do this on stage…

    I also had a rather unfortunate pole accident….
    I was at the top of a REALLY high pole… I flipped upside down
    by my ankles and then I would release my ankles and fly down the pole
    upside down….
    Well… I shoe with my placed right and so I was unable to stop til I hit teh floor…. OUCH….

    The Rib break was the worst though…..
    I had done this move for over a year nightly….
    then one night I felt a pop and heard a crack
    got my heal stuck in my hair and was stuck in this horrible position for a minute until I could get my self back into a normal position
    then I went to the ER, upon where I found I had 2 cracked ribs….
    below in the video you will see what I mean by this….

    http://youtu.be/FtQiNUkQ9TU

    Now to answer your question…..

    They are independent contractors and NO.. they are NOT required to
    do dangerous moves….

    I did because I enjoyed it… and instead of acting sleazy on stage I made it interesting elegant entertainment…

    I found that the women who were more acrobatic tended to use less sexual ways of getting attention….
    the other women used more sex and cheapness to get their attention….

    in stripping… attention is money….

    I worked in Seattle and in Vegas…
    I am 5 ft tall and no fake implants….. so I had to do things that got me
    noticed and still be able to look myself in the mirror….

    In Vegas most of the girls had HUGE implants and were quite tall…..
    on a Friday and Saturday night there are about 100 girls that are your competition…..
    Of course girls are going to do what they can to be noticed more…..

    I hope that helped answer that question…. 🙂

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