“I can still see the dancers of Bally’s “Jubilee” floorshow in Las Vegas, effortlessly slinking down the staircase, glittering from head to toe like living starlight. And all I could think was - can I get one of those 30 lb chandelier headdresses in the gift shop?”
Ten years later, Lola LeSoleil enrolled in burlesque classes in Atlanta and graduated in a cloud of pink feathers, white satin, and applause. Soon after, she was added to the Syrens of the South roster and performed with The Dresden Dolls, Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque and more.
Seeing her dynamic connection with audiences, Lola’s instructors and fellow performers encouraged her to participate and compete in regional burlesque festivals. Within a few years, she garnered titles of Queen from Southern Fried Burlesque Festival, Alabama Burlesque Festival, and Great Southern Exposure as well as superlatives for Best Costume, Most Humourous, and Most Classic.
In 2017, Lola debuted in the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender’s “Movers and Shakers” Showcase with her signature “Stood Up? Get Down!” act. In 2018 she was voted #73 of the Top 100 most influential burlesque industry figures voted for by thousands of burlesque peers and fans worldwide from 21st Century Burlesque.
For over 10 years, Lola LeSoleil has launched crowds to their feet from coast to coast with a repertoire ranging from sacred and reverential to campy and pop-culture inspired. She lives to challenge her own creativity and is an advocate of continued learning, taking inspiration from the ecdysiast legends from whom she’s learned including Toni Elling, Bambi Jones, Wild Cherry, Jean Idelle and contemporary artists Perle Noire, Ray Gunn, and Blanche DeBris, to name a few.
Lola is an instructor at the Atlanta School of Burlesque and Metropolitan Studios and is a member of The Candybox Revue. She’s also a frequent performer at pop culture and comic conventions including DragonCon’s Glamour Geek Revue, Emerald City Comic Con, and Yama-Con.
She may also be found combing thrift stores…still in search of a 30lb chandelier headdress.