A trained burlesque and samba dancer from San Francisco via Chicago, Ada is currently based in Northern California (Pacifica) and travels anywhere to perform and teach.
Ada has studied dance since the age of 10, and first learned samba from Mestra Marisa of Gingarte Capoeira in Chicago in 2005. Dance shifted into the professional arena with her first samba 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:
- NOLA Nerdlesque Festival Performer (2019)
- California Burlypicks (Burlesque) Performer (2019)
- National Burlypicks Performer (2013)
- Windy City Burlesque Festival Performer (2012)
- Tease-o-Rama Performer (with Hot Pink Feathers) (2012)
- Tiki Oasis Performer (with Hot Pink Feathers) (2011)
In 2018, after regularly working with and booking other performers for performances, Ada officially launched Adala Arts (formerly Lavender Arts), a collective of independent dancers and performers.
Focusig on retro-themed dancers like 1920s Gatsby-themed flappers, vintage burlesque dancers and showgirls, swing dancers, gogo dancers, and more – including performance and instruction – Adala Arts boasts a variety of dancers. Most of Adala Arts group performances are through the “in-house” dance team, the Vintage Vixens, which focuses on “dance from deco to disco.” We’ll make your event one to remember!
Workshops & Solo Theatre
Ada’s specialty is a body-awareness burlesque workshop called Body Revel, which celebrates femininity and encourages participants to enjoy loving, moving, and being present in their bodies. The workshops include learning simple (seriously, simple) choreography, some dress-up costuming fun, and time for reflection and journaling on the experience. (Note: There is no nudity in Body Revel workshops.) These workshops are great not just for birthdays and bachelorettes, but organizations and higher-education departments related to gender studies, dance, body positivity and empowerment.
Ada is also a professional writer and is developing a solo theatre project, Normal Girls, about body image and her path into burlesque and how it has shaped her outlook. Touching on the universal themes of awkward adolescence and body image, it’s a powerful piece that speaks to a wide audience.