A trained dancer, currently living in the Bay Area of California, Ada Lavender is the founder of Adala Arts, and is the director and choreographer for Adala’s in-house dance team, the Vintage Vixens.
Founder, Director, and Principal Performer
Ada has studied dance since the age of 10, and first learned samba from Mestra Marisa of Gingarte Capoeira in Chicago in 2005, with her first “pro show” in 2008. In addition to practicing ballet, tap, jazz and other dance forms growing up, she has trained samba throughout the United States and Brazil, including in Salvador, Itacaré, and Ilhéus. She’s also had training in forró, a Brazilian partner dance from the northeast of the country, as well as capoeira throughout the U.S. and in various areas in Brazil, including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Itacaré, Ilhéus, and in the state of Santa Catarina.
Ada began burlesque training in 2009 with Michelle L’Amour at Studio L’Amour, and continued with Kellita of Hot Pink Feathers. She has performerd samba, burlesque, cabaret, and other dances as a company member of Hot Pink Feathers.
Additionally, she’s performed burlesque solos for Hubba Hubba Revue, Vaudezilla‘s Broadzilla, Kiss Kiss Cabaret, Frisky!, Womanopoly, the SF Pride Parade, the SF Carnaval Parade, Burlesque ‘n’ Brass, and more. Burlesque accolades include:
~Itty Bitty Burlesque Festival Performer – Quesnel, BC, Canada (postponed) (2020)
~NOLA Nerdlesque Festival Performer, New Orleans, LA (2019)
~California Burlypicks Performer, Oakland, CA (2019)
~National Burlypicks Performer, Hollywood, CA (2013)
~Windy City Burlesque Festival Performer, Chicago, IL (2012)
~Tease-o-Rama Performer (with Hot Pink Feathers), San Francisco, CA (2012)
~Tiki Oasis Performer (with Hot Pink Feathers), San Diego, CA (2011)
In-house dance team
The Vintage Vixens perform retro dances, choreographed by Ada and her team. We do everything from deco to disco! Our specialty is 1920s Gatsby-style “flapper” performances, but we have also done 1950s “Grease”-style appearances, 1960s and 1970s gogo dancing, and retro tropical showgirl sets (think “Carmen Miranda” or Rat Pack-style Vegas showgirls).
a-DAH-la: noble one
Adala Arts is the “umbrella” organization for solo performances by Ada, group performances by the Vintage Vixens, and our contract partners, like swing dancers, Lindy hoppers, and even jazz bands.