On stage, he’s fired up, hot, seductive, and everything a woman desires him to be. He’s a male exotic dancer, a stripper, an arouser of the female imagination.
Women tuck bills into his skimpy G-string while he moves suggestively to the music. That image will follow every woman home and right into her fantasies. This is what Cowboy, Jimmy Steele, provides in his club, Hardbodies, located at 2726 N. St. Mary’s, in San Antonio.
But who is the man behind the fantasy?
Jimmy Steele (his stage name) grew up in Zapata, Texas on a ranch with his parents and sister. At the age of 20, Jimmy had the rock hard body that looked better than biscuits and gravy in a pair of jeans. He came to San Antonio and began entering into such contests as “Best Chest”. This segued into exotic dancing. Dancing worked out well for the young, handsome cowboy; so much so that it paid his way through college where he earned a business degree.
“I’ve always been smart when it comes to business” explained Jimmy. “I’ve been a dancer for 20 years now, and a have owned this club for the past 10 years.”
Between questions, dancers begin to arrive at the club. My eyes wander, unable to not notice the hotness walking past me who looked my (and my side-kick’s) way, saying “Ladies….” It was another of the club’s main attractions, Cherokee. But I digress, back to the home-grown stud in front of me!
Steele will be celebrating the clubs 10-year anniversary today, June 19, 2010! It’s also a birthday celebration for one of the club’s sexy dancer’s, Draven! The theme for the night is an Angels & Demons costume party. (At left, Draven rehearses for his stage performance.)
I asked Steele how he manages to look so young and keep so fit for a 41 year old man.
J.S,: “I work out, not fanatically, but I hit the gym often, and I have a lot of knowledge about proper nutrition. I also have a tanning bed in my house.”
I certainly did notice the nice tan, and the six pack that tells me he is certainly diligent in keeping up his physique. But what gets a gal, what got me, is his eyes and his shy smile that popped up when he went from talking business to talking about himself.
J.S.: “I’ve never had trouble with having a relationship and being in this business. I’m single now, but I was married for 10 years. My ex-wife and I met while we were both young dancers. I loved being in a relationship, and I miss it a lot. I date a lot of girls, but the hardest thing is finding someone my age. My ex and I are still great friends. We hang out and go out to eat still.”
MG: What do you find attractive about a woman. What are you looking for?
J.S.: “I don’t have any particular set of standards. I’m really just looking for a woman that I enjoy hanging out with. It’s not about how she looks. As a guy, I find it really easy to sleep with a woman, but it’s harder to find someone I like to spend time with. It’s really hard just to meet other women close to my age, I mean, where do you go to meet them? I have my own bar so I wouldn’t want to go hang out at another bar somewhere else. The girls that come here, they like the fantasy. It’ takes time to get to know them, and them to know me. Still, they’re all pretty young.”
MG: What’s the craziest thing a customer has ever done to you?
J.S.: “Stalking. Some women want to get all into your personal life so they follow you.”
MG: They confuse fantasy with reality?
J.S.: “Yea, they think it’s okay to try and make it personal, but it’s really not.”
MG: Have you ever had a clothing malfunction while onstage; had a woman get too excited and rip your G-string?”
J.S.: “It’s happened a lot. We (dancers) really don’t like when that happens. We have to just cover ourselves and get off stage to change.”
MG: Are the rules for male dancers the same or different than those for female dancers? In female strip clubs, the customers aren’t allowed to touch the dancers.”
J.S.: “No, it’s a little different for the men. I have certain rules, like not going off alone with any of the ladies because that might lead to stuff happening that shouldn’t, but here, the women can touch within reason.”
MG: Do your guys choreograph their own routines?
J.S.: “We work on them together and rehearse during the week. We have single routines and group acts, too.”
MG: What other events/entertainment do you provide here at Hardbodies?
J.S.: “We hold a Strip-Off twice a year where dancers come from all over from such places as Houston and Dallas. It’s always on a Sunday night and the club gets packed quickly. The winner gets $1.000. We also do traveling shows around Texas. I’ll take about six guys on the road with me down to say, Victoria, do a two hour show, then come back here. On top of that, we have birthday and bachelorette party packages that can accommodate up to 25 customers.”
MG: How much longer will you continue to dance on stage?
J.S.: “I don’t see myself dancing much longer. I mean, I don’t want to be 50 and up there dancing; but I’m still in great shape and what else am I going to do, right? I only dance on the weekends. I have about 17 other dancers here that can handle that side of things. Mostly I like being behind the scenes, handling the business end. My sister works here with me, and together we make things work.
Jimmy Steele is quite a revelation. On the outside, he’s rock-hard eye candy with a sweet smile. Underneath the muscles, though, he’s a smart business man with big, kind heart. I’d say in this case, the reality of the man beats the fantasy any day!
Want to see Steele and his erotic, exotic dancers perform? Come out to Hardbodies and lose yourself in a world of rhythmic music and sinfully sexy, steamy men!
Hardbodies 10th Anniversary and 32nd Birthday Bash for Draven tonight, June 19th, 2010. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Party until Draven passes out! (or 3 a.m., whichever comes first)
2726 N. St. Mary’s
San Antonio, Texas
18 and Up, VIP tables available while they last!
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In addition to this local column, and her work as a Freelance Journalist in San Antonio, Michele Gwynn is also the National Animal Rights Examiner. Her love of pets began at an early age with a stray cat named Harvey, and a dying field mouse named Tucker. She is a pet parent to four cats, and an animal rights champion to all critters, large and small. Visit her animals rights column here.