Photo by Virginia Harold

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 of its kind in the Midwest, The Shimmy Showdown, and Spectaculaire. Lola is the CEO of Van Ella Productions and Studio, which is the home of burlesque, vaudeville and variety education and entertainment in St. Louis. She also teaches at 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.  Alive Magazine named her one St. Louis' most influential people and she 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 has been voted into the top 25 performers in 21st Century Burlesque's Top 50 Burlesque Performers worldwide since its inception.  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.”

As a performer, Lola has performed 3 times at Miss Exotic World has headlined the New Zealand, Colorado, Vancouver, Chicago, Kansas City, Ohio, Como Lake, and London Burlesque Festivals and in engagements and shows all over the world.  Recently, Lola van Ella made headlines as a featured presenter for the largest Tedx event in St. Louis.