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What It Takes To Be A Coyote Ugly Bartender | by NYU Local

By Sharon Wu

We have spent several wilder nights at Coyote Ugly. That means we have watched multiple people get whipped with their own belts, have whiskey forced down their throats, and get their bras ripped off by the bartenders. Bartending at Coyote Ugly definitely takes a certain type of personality and a special surplus of energy, especially if a typical work night involves whipping someone until they have welts on their back. This has happened, we have seen it.

NYU graduate Liliana Lovell founded the original Coyote Ugly Saloon in New York City in 1993 after she left a career on Wall Street. A GQ article about the bar and the 2000 film with Piper Perabo popularized the Coyote Ugly name. Now there are 16 other locations around the world, but the New York one is where it’s at. Having frequented the bar often enough to see some crazy things, we wanted to know more about what it took to bartend at this infamous saloon.

We infiltrated the original NYC Coyote Ugly Saloon with the help of Jules Sanderson, a longtime Ugly bartender and manager and an NYU Tisch alum. Sanderson studied acting and performing, and said she definitely did not foresee a career in bar tending. One might say they never do. During college she started going to Coyote Ugly with friends and was handed an application after dancing on the bar one night. Fast-forward six and a half years, and she’s saloon manager. She left Ugly just last week to move to Tennessee, but not before we got the chance to chat.

According to Sanderson, bartending at Coyote Ugly is all about personality. There’s no need for a bartending license, formal dance training, or any special talents, although it doesn’t hurt to be trained in pounding shots. As long as a girl is comfortable dancing on the bar and interacting with people, she’s good to go.

“If you have a kick ass personality, we’ll take you,” said Sanderson, “and if you make it past a month, you can work here for ten years. ” All she looks for is girls who are outgoing; those who can and will talk to anyone.

Working at Coyote Ugly is a lot more about personality than it is about looks. There aren’t many guidelines for a bartender’s style; as long as they are wearing the mandatory cowboy boots, they just need to present themselves in a way that they’re comfortable with. They have to be sexy, said Sanderson, but not in a raunchy way. For the Ugly girls, “sexy is more about suggestion.”

Making drinks is only half the job at the saloon. The Ugly girls learn choreographed dances to perform on the bar. Every bar tender knows the two staple house dances, which go with the songs “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and several others are rotated around.

Coyote Ugly offers an array of ‘special packages,’ meant especially for birthdays and bachelor/bachelorette parties; they do, after all, enjoy “making a show out of it,” said Sanderson. Female recipients are encouraged to get on the bar, usually coupled with free shots and a spray down with water. Bachelorette parties also get free tank tops.

Bartenders whip patrons as part of the packages, but “rarely rip off shirts,” Sanderson said. Penalty shots are $10, and entail bartenders spitting liquor in your mouth. Body shots are $20. Coyote Ugly girls are trained in all of the above. They make every night their own show and they run it as they please, she said.

Because of their wild performances, Coyote Ugly has a fairly loyal customer base, which includes mostly men but many women (guilty) as well. A few loyal customers have been visiting the bar since its original opening almost 19 years ago. They get a lot of locals during the week and tourists on the weekends, according to Sanderson. Monday night includes beer pong, which draws the college crowd. Women often come in with their husbands and boyfriends. And they get every type of occupation, from construction workers to stock traders.

The bartenders have also seen every breed of celebrity come in, including porn star Jesse Jane (who danced on the bar and was “very nice,” we were told), Piper Perabo from the Coyote Ugly movie, Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray Love fame (who also used to bartend at Coyote Ugly), Colin Farrell who was just there to do “research” for a movie role, that guy with the pants from Subway commercials, and someone who looked a lot like Kirsten Dunst.

With 11 other saloons across the country, two more in Germany, and three in Russia, the New York saloon is no longer the only Coyote Ugly, although it remains distinct from the others. The bar itself is a museum of sorts. The ceiling and walls are decorated with a number of souvenirs from locals and tourists alike. There are shirts donated by local firefighters, patches given by the NYPD, license plates from other states, men’s ties, girls’ bras, and lots of photos that chronicle the bar’s history.

For any ladies who think they’ve got what it takes, auditions are on Thursdays from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM. All you have to do is get on the bar and dance for as long as you can. It’s nothing like the film, which is “the Hollywood version of this bar,” according to the bartenders. The film version of the bar is louder, brighter, and bigger, but it doesn’t mean the real bar is any less exciting. Regardless of interpretation, Sanderson says, “The New York Coyote Ugly will always be a country western rock saloon.

For her, Coyote Ugly is a family. She can’t get rid of any of the girls because they never want to leave. Despite their slightly scandalous reputation, “all the girls are a good crew.” A good crew that likes ripping our bra off.

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Tyra Banks Just Confirmed a Coyote Ugly Reboot Is in the Works

Watch: "DWTS" Host Tyra Banks Reflects on Her Debut

Twenty years after the original, fans might be getting a Coyote Ugly sequel. 

Tyra Banks, who starred as Zoe in the New York-set film from 2000, revealed that she's been in talks for a Coyote Ugly 2 film or a full-on TV series reboot. 

Banks shared the news on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday, Oct. 7, saying, "I literally was supposed to be on a conference call today about bringing Coyote Ugly back." 

The Dancing With the Stars host and executive producer explained that she's planning to chat with actress Maria Bello, who portrayed Lil, about the details.

"We were supposed to be on a call today, and I'm talking to you and I can't talk to them," Banks said. "Yes, we are talking about trying to do Coyote Ugly 2 or a series." 

The 46-year-old reflected on how she landed the job to begin with, by recalling how she aced her audition. 


Coyote Ugly Cast Then and Now

"For my audition for Coyote Ugly, they asked me what song I wanted to play," she said. "I was like, ‘OK, I'll take Prince's 'Kiss.'' ... They push play. I'm in this huge hotel room, all these casting people lined up looking at me. And I'm dancing. I'm head whipping."

Banks continued, "The whole song I ended up dancing. Then after I'm out of breath, and then they all just started laughing. They're like, ‘We are so sorry, but we were enjoying that so much, we kept the music going.'" 

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The original movie centered on Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo), who moved to New York to pursue singing and started working at the bar, Coyote Ugly, to make some money. The real Coyote Ugly Saloon was founded in NYC in 1993 by Liliana "Lil" Lovell.

Coyote Ugly has made $113 million at the box office.

Considering it's been 20 years since the cult favorite was released, Clarkson asked Banks if she's still got the dance skills for the role.

"I feel like I do have the dance moves, as long as no one choreographs me and tells me exactly how to dance," Banks responded. "I'm kind of tempted to ask [Derek Hough] to choreograph like 16 counts for me to see if I can do it." 

The ModelLand mogul then made a direct request to her DWTS pal: "I'm asking you now, Derek. Can you choreograph that for me?"

So, it sounds like a DWTS and Coyote Ugly crossover may be on the horizon? We'll have to see if cast mates Adam GarciaIzabella Miko, John GoodmanBridget Moynahan and Melanie Lynskey are also on board with the reboot.  

Watch Banks' new interview above.

Germans pull back to the best thrash - DW - 11/08/2010

Ugly dance championship participant Photo: Joshua

November 8, 2010

in English means "teshmust" translated as "resh" garbage. In the context of modern culture, this is what they call cheap crafts or ironic stylizations for them. What happens at the "thrash party"?


"Thrash parties" in Germany are called dance parties that are now fashionable in advanced clubs, where they play the crappiest pop music of recent years. The crowd pretends that it doesn't like the music terribly, but at the same time they are busily dancing. Connoisseurs of human nature argue that in this way the dancers satisfy the inherent craving for the ugly, inherent in all people, without at the same time running the risk of being ridiculed. Or maybe they just remember their first kisses in dark disco corners with outdated hits. Be that as it may, the expansion of thrash music to the advanced dance floor has become a new trend in the club subculture, and everyone is in a hurry to add their pinch of spices to this spicy cocktail. In Hamburg, for example, the world championship in ugly dance "Ugly Dance Worldcup" was held, at which the worst dancers on the planet were determined. nine0005 Photo: picture alliance/dpa

Full house of garbage

In Hamburg's "Terrace Hill" club, music of a very different kind usually plays. But this Saturday night, the DJ's menu is exclusively top-notch pop trash. And the club is full. There are four young people on the stage. They make very strange gestures under a potpourri of cheap disco hits. One of the youths jumps around the playground, trying not to fall into the rhythm of the sounding music. The second shyly brought his hands to the causal place. The third just stands, then, however, takes the flute and pretends to play. In contemporary art, this is usually called performance. And, perhaps, this accurately conveys the essence of what is happening, Florian Schüppel, the main organizer of the ugly dance championship, agrees. "Ugly dances must also be danced skillfully," he emphasizes. , we are looking for the best dancers in the world who can dance anything, even the ugliest dance." nine0005 Photo: picture alliance/dpa

The four young men on stage call themselves "Dezentiner" and come to Hamburg from deep German provinces. In addition to them, in the competition, nine more teams from Germany, Switzerland and Austria claim the title of world champions in ugly dancing. The audience decides the winners. After each performance, she must hoot, whistle and stomp her feet. Whose dance will cause the most displeasure from the public, he won. In order to not please the audience, the guys from the dance group "Dezentiner" added a couple of ugly accents to the image: "We have a rather stupid look: glasses with large frames, hats with a propeller, suspenders. matching shirt. Our dance style is pure eclecticism. From clowning to minimalism, it's all there." nine0005

One against all

The ugly dance championship is, of course, banter. But in order for it to be fun not only for the performers, but for the audience too, there must be at least a little art in dancing. Championship manager Florian Schüppel: "The art of ugly dance is not to dance like they usually dance in discotheques. You have to break out of the gray mass, which, no matter where in the world, repeats the same movements on the dance floor. You have to show that you can dance differently: not to the beat, mixing styles, adding completely absurd movements. You can dress in strange clothes. There are a lot of ways to portray ugliness!" nine0005

Overcoming the fear of appearing ridiculous and ugly was used by Pina Bausch as a method of emancipating contemporary dance. And long before her, the philosopher Karl Rosenkranz formulated the "aesthetics of the ugly", strongly recommending that art be interested not only in the beautiful and sublime, but also in the base and ugly. Apparently, in the Hamburg club "Terrace Hill" he heard his call. A girly duo from Luxembourg enters the stage in phosphorescent pink and green skinny pants and oversized silk blouses. At the very first sound of music, the girls throw themselves on the floor, kick their legs, then jump up, spin around and stubbornly do not fall into time. But despite their best efforts to appear ugly, these cute little girls don't get the required amount of negative decibels. nine0005 Photo: Phillip Bischoff

Two all-male teams advance to the final. The already familiar "Dezentiner" wins. And what is it like to be the first in an international ugly dance competition? "Cool, very cool! - the guys are delighted. - It's cool to be a champion in general." Advice for disco-goers? "Try dancing ugly or something like that, but not like everyone else!"

Authors: Manfred Götzke/Ella Volodina
Editor: Efim Schumann


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