Lola van Ella is an international burlesque singer, dancer, producer, instructor and emcee. One of the premier names in burlesque, she performs frequently and produces many shows, including the international Show-Me Burlesque Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the midwest, as well as Naughti Gras, the largest erotic art event of the year, The Shimmy Showdown, and the wildly popular and nationally touring Beggar’s Carnivale with her partner Sammich the Tramp. Lola is the CEO of VanElla Productions and Studio, which is the home of burlesque, vaudeville and variety education and entertainment in St. Louis and the only boutique school like it in the area. She also teaches at and various festivals and Universities all over the country, and often travels to bring the art of burlesque and striptease to different communities around the world. In 2008 Alive Magazine named her one St. Louis’ most influential people and has been written about and featured locally in St. Louis Magazine, Vital Voice, AOL Cities Best, the Riverfront Times, The Post Dispatch and KDHX. Lola has received the 1st and 2nd runner up titles, respectively, in the Queen of Burlesque Competition 3 years in a row at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival and has been voted in the top 25 performers in 21st Century Burlesque‘s Top 50 Burlesque Performers worldwide for the past 4 years. In reference to her performance style, 21st Century wrote, “Striptease and song is so often a marriage that doesn’t quite work. So few performers can do both to a high standard, and at the same time. But Lola is an example of how well it can be done. It’s the little gestures, winks, raising of the eyebrows and knowing smiles that make her performances special.”
In addition, she runs her own student troupe the Bon-Bons, and her company, Van Ella Productions works with, and represents some of the best talent in the midwest, including The Hoochie Coochie Girls and The Beggar’s Carnivale impressive list of performers.
As a performer, Lola has performed 3 times at Miss Exotic World has been featured at the Best of Midwest Burlesk, Colorado, Vancouver, Chicago and London Burlesque Festivals and in engagements and shows all over the world, from Miami, New York, Dallas, San Francisco and Seattle to Berlin, Amsterdam, Nuremburg and Jamaica.
She is a passionate and driven producer and performer who is always looking to up the ante, raise the stakes and push the envelope to bring the best of her abilities to the stage and beyond, and works tirelessly to bring dreams to life.
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