Meet the Vancouver Burlesque Centre's Directors:
As Vancouver’s Rock’N’Roll Flapper, Lola Frost is best known for combining her anachronistic styles of vintage and modern – a true 1920’s starlet with a kiss of Ramones grit. Her pieces are a sensorial experience to behold; an elegant blend of dance, theater and fervent striptease. “She has incredible stage presence, plus a visceral physicality that demands to be watched and admired” – Tigger!
Performer, teacher and mentor, Lola is co-director of the Vancouver Burlesque Centre and integral member of Sweet Soul Burlesque. She has been internationally recognized at Teaseo-Ramma and the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, where she was awarded “Sexy, Sultry, Sizzlin’ Striptease” (2009) and “Most Dazzling Dancer” (2013). She has, with great honor, competed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in the categories of Best Debut (2010), Best Duo (2012 & 2013), Best Troupe (2010), and in 2013 won 2nd runner up in the category of reigning Queen of Burlesque – Miss Exotic World.
A published and noted writer she has been featured on the 21st Century Burlesque Magazine site and in the Berlesker: Handcrafted Literary Journal along with keeping her own blog with a steadily growing following. She is proud to be a RED Burlesque Lipstick signature shade girl and to have been voted #22 in the top 50 of Burlesque by Burlesque Magazine in 2012.
Cherry OnTop has been performing as a burlesque artist in Vancouver since 2003 and is one of the founders of Sweet Soul Burlesque, the acclaimed West Coast troupe. She has rocked stages from Whitehorse to Acapulco, Toronto to Phoenix, and always brings the heat.
Known for her energy and dance moves, Cherry OnTop will kick you in the teeth while simultaneously kissing you on the lips. With a love for the beauty of classic burlesque, she is most inspired by hip hop and world music and is able to bridge the gap between classic and neo-burlesque with a wink and a smile.
Cherry has been featured performing on Showtime’s "The L Word" and has appeared on Fashion TV, CITY TV, and MTV. She has also graced the cover of Vancouver’s Georgia Straight entertainment magazine and was honoured to be chosen to compete for "Best Debut" at the 2010 Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas and "Best Duo" along with Lola Frost in 2012.
As one of the original co-producers of The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and co-owner of the former underground palace DollHouse Studios, Cherry is extremely excited about her current project - The Vancouver Burlesque Centre - and happy to be working with one of her favourite performers in the city, Lola Frost.
You can catch Cherry OnTop @ The Keefer Bar's Sweet Sip Thursdays, Sweet Soul Burlesque's weekly show.
Meet the Vancouver Burlesque Centre's Instructors:
Ariel Helvetica has been stamping her unique font all over the Vancouver Burlesque scene since her 2010 debut at Kitty Nights West. A born and raised dancer, Ariel spent 5 years abroad, wowing audiences in France as a professional Can-Can/Showgirl, and then criss-crossing the globe and criss-crossing her long legs as a professional high-kicker on cruise ships, visiting 45 countries along the way.
Growing up and training to be a “serious” dancer, Ms. Helvetica’s natural talent and drive took her far into the realm of traditional dance and ballet. But her love of performing, musicals, show tunes and, above all else, dancing to the beat of her own drum, hinted she would eventually leave those constricting toe shoes behind for bigger - and higher - kicks. Sure enough, Ariel’s raw sense of creativity and passion soon pulled her towards the hot red lights of burlesque, where she finally gave in to temptation, biting the apple of this delightful art form. Ariel is a proud member of Pandora & the Locksmiths- a dynamic collective of professional singers, dancers, striptease artists and musicians. You can also find this kinky kicker working her magic with Blue Morris’s Rock and Roll Burlesque, Tarantino Burlesque and Nightmare before Nutcracker, Go-Go Bungalow at the Shameful Tiki Room and Kitty Nights West. Ariel has performed at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, Southwest Burlesque Showcase in Albuquerque, New Mexico and world renowned New Orleans Burlesque Festival. Ms. Helvetica is a teacher at the Vancouver Burlesque Centre and has also brought her Can Can expertise to BurlyCon Burlesque Arts Convention in Seattle, Washington.
She is a kind and gentle soul with a fierce and provocative presence on stage. Veronica has been in the performing arts for 13 years. She began her ‘dramatic stage career’ in 2001 training as an actor at The Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts. She then opened herself to training in dance as another form of artistic expression leading her to explore the art of burlesque. She is an accredited latin dancer having performed as part of a salsa dance team in 2008 and teaches the booty shaking, high energy dance progressive workshop Reggaetonat the VBC. She is a producer, writer and choreographer having co-produced and co-written the burlesque play “Stages of Sin’ in 2011 and in 2012 was appointed assistant choreographer for Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society’s full length burlesque play ‘Oliver Fannie’ where she was also cast as ‘chorus’ bringing her comedic characters to life.
Veronica has performed all over Vancouver as an independent performer and is an active member of Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society. She won first place in the 2012 Vancouver Stripsearch competition landing her a spot to compete in Toronto internationally.
Veronica is founder, co-producer and member of the sinfully deadly babes The Lost Girls burlesque having successfully integrated a unique and raw style production to the Vancouver burlesque scene. You can see these vamps at The Fox Cabaret performing their monthly ritual ‘Fatal-a-tease’. When she is not producing or performing or teaching you can find her dedicated to her work in massage therapy, metaphysical therapy and the Tarot.
Whether she's serving fierce and raw, comedic and cute, or a whimsical snippet of her imagination, Jungle Kat has lapped up audiences all over Western Canada for four salacious years. With a background in theatre and dance traceable back to her days of kittenhood, this ferocious feline is on a mission to prove that every curve on her body's got a story to tell.
Jungle Kat's insatiable hunger to create makes her an active member of Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society, with whom she competed to win Best Group in 2016 at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas. Jungle Kat also teaches Screaming Chicken's Becoming Burlesque program alongside Vancouver Burlesque's tattooed fireball Melody Mangler. She is also a founding member and co-producer of Vancouver's most notorious spooky, sultry coven, Lost Girls Burlesque, who tour all over British Columbia and Alberta, as well as producing a seasonal run at the Fox Cabaret. You can hunt her down even at one of Vancouver's favourite nights out, like Go-Go Bungalow at the Shameful Tiki Room or the Taboo Revue at the Wise Hall.
Jungle Kat combines her playful, creative, and nurturing feminine nature with her unrelenting drive and work ethic to provide a supportive, yet comfortably challenging class atmosphere for her much-adored students.
Fiercely dedicated to technique, artistry, and conscientious fusion, the Luciterra fusion bellydance classes will teach you how to articulate your core isolations with precision. Classes are focused on conditioning, movement drilling, and choreography, as well as an overview of bellydance histories to contextualize this dance. The Fall and Winter sessions each end with a student show at a local theatre or venue, where students have the choice to perform what they have learned. Expect fun, energetic, and challenging classes that help refine body isolations and tone muscles you never even knew you had! All classes are co-taught by the Luciterra instructors.