Midnight Girls in Nepal
and dancers are part of the popular
night scene in Nepal. Located mostly in the tourist area Thamel, hundreds of
clubs host both locals and tourists to strip shows, dances, and drinks. Each
club has on average 30 to 40 girls working for them. There are the dancers, the
waitresses, and some called the “date
for a night” women. The dancers are young—many of them told me they are 19-22,
but to me most of them looked like 16 or younger. At the change of each song
(which were mostly Nepali and Hindi pop), usually a new dancer would come out
on stage. Some of them danced in a tight t-shirt and short shorts, some in a
tiny wrap around her waist and a bikini top, and
others in long glittery skirts and heels. Their faces were covered with heavy
makeup, and they all kept adjusting their hair during their dances. There are
also 2 showers on each side of the stage with a little porcelain bath dug out.
Apparently “dance in the shower” is a
big thing in Kathmandu now.