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, and 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 12 performers in 20th Century Pin-up’s Top 50 Burlesque Performers worldwide for the past 3 years. Lola also proudly runs her own burlesque troupe the Bon-Bons and travels with them frequently.
As a performer, Lola has performed twice at Miss Exotic World and the Best of Midwest Burlesk, at The 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.
With a sultry voice, devastating shimmy, and flirtatious smile; this adventurous ecdysiast has garnered a lot of attention and the tagline “The Derriere Beyond Compare”.