The 11th Annual Shimmy Showdown Weekender!

The most outrageous, hilarious, and over the top, burlesque of burlesque competitions is back!

About this event

Lola van Ella Presents:

The 11 Annual Shimmy Showdown Weekender!

2 nights of the infamous heart stopping, panty dropping, pastie popping burlesque event of the year is finally returning!

Ladies and Gentlethems!

Bois and Grrrls of legal age!

The Showdown is back!!!

Lola van Ella is proud to present: The 11th Annual Shimmy Showdown!

On March 18th , The Mad Art Gallery will be pulsing with excitement as we watch some of the most fabulous, glamorous, and talented contenders take the stage, ready for combat.

12 Competitors

2 Nights

1 Shimmy Shaker will reign supreme!

This hilarious, improv, “death match” style competition will be a night of unforgettable entertainment!

This year features even more incredible world class competitors from across the nation, making the competition even more intense, varied, exciting and completely unpredictable!

Starring: your competitors:

Allura Fette – STL

Auralie Wilde – STL

Chi Chi Buxuom – STL

Darling Darla James – New Orleans

Eddie Lockwood – New Orleans

GiGi Holliday – NYC

Gigi Marx – New Orleans

Ginger Snaps – Austin

Jezabelle Jaxxx – Hot Springs

Layna D’Luna – STL/Austin

Rebel Vitale -Asheville

Shazza Dazzla – STL

and featuring a step down performance by your longest running Shimmy Showdown champion, Lilly Rascal!

with your Ring Grrls and Gogo Kittens Josie Laveau- STL and Bastet Dafoe- Little Rock

And Celebrity Judges

-Your 2020 Shimmy Showdown Champion Lilly Rascal!

-Local bellydance star and favorite social media poster – Samira!

-Pole dancing superstar and all around legend – Dark Angel!

And more surprises in store!

Music by DJ Monsieur Gaston!

In addition to the Showdown, the glamorous all star show, Burlesque! A Night of Stars will be back on March 19th and features all of our wonderful national stars in the beautiful setting of The Mad Art Gallery, AND for the first time, the option to enjoy the show with a truly decadent dinner, PLUS a super sexy after party that only Van Ella Productions could throw!

Shimmy Showdown!

March 18th

Doors 8:00pm, Show 9:00pm

The Mad Art Gallery

2727 South 12th Street

St. Louis, MO 63118

Burlesque! A Night of Stars!

March 19th

Dinner 6:00 pm Doors for show only 7:00, Show 8:00pm

The Mad Art Gallery

2727 South 12th Street

St. Louis, MO 63118

Dinner menu

(Choice of one main course)

Beef Ragu with polenta

Roast chicken with red wine demiglace and polenta

Roasted vegetables w/ polenta

Served with

Garlic parmesan roasted carrots

Fiji apple salad

Grilled lemon pound cake

The Van Ella Bordella “Gentleman’s Club”

March 19th


The Mad Art Gallery

2727 South 12th Street

St. Louis, MO 63118

The Shimmy Showdown is presented to you by Van Ella Productions, a company known for its high class stage spectacles and touring productions, including the Show Me Burlesque and Vaudeville Festival, The Van Ella Bordella, The Big Gay* Soiree and many others. In its 11th year, The Shimmy Showdown has become a hilarious and ridiculous counterpart to traditional burlesque pageants and competitions and has gained international notability for its unique and original take on the genre.


All guests must be vaccinated or provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event. Masks must be worn when not actively eating or drinking


Will I have an assigned seat?

The seating at these venues are open, and seats are on a first come first serve basis, so we recommend arriving early for the most seat options. There will be a separate seating area during the Shimmy Showdown and A Night of Stars for VIP ticket holders.

Do I need to purchase a separate ticket for the Van Ella Bordella after party?

If you have purchased a Weekend Pass or a ticket to A Night of Stars, you do NOT need to purchase anything additional to get in to the after party. If your ticket was for the Shimmy Showdown or you only wish to attend the after party, you will need to purchase a separate Van Ella Bordella ticket.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This event is for ages 21+

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email with any questions.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are non-refundable, including no shows. If you are unable to attend, you are able to transfer your ticket via Eventbrite, or by emailing


Mar 18 - 20 2022


8:00 am - 1:30 am


Lola van Ella
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