In 2008, I interviewed a recent Kwantlen fashion design grad – Misty Greer – who wanted to design for a target market of women outside the main stream. Burlesque dancers were a definite part of her vision and costuming them has become a large focus for her label. It was through her I became aware of one of Vancouver’s premier burlesque dancers, Lola Frost, a talented artist with a warm, generous soul. I have been a fan ever since.
It was only during the last few months that I finally managed to sit down and interview Frost; to step behind the stage persona, learn about her journey to this moment, and hear about what the future holds. As a performer, she is dedicated to her craft, trains hard, offers unique choreography and passes her knowledge on through teaching. On stage, she moves with a captivating combination of strength and languid sexuality that draws the audience in. The disappearance of garments happens seamlessly during her numbers as disrobing is fluidly blended into the choreography. I was so honoured in February 2015 when she agreed to perform one number at my book launch.
One avenue Frost intends to build on in the future is that of empowering women to shed the negative messages society has offered, celebrating both their sexuality and the beauty of who they are, just as they are. From stage performer to instructor to advocate, Lola Frost is one of a kind.
8Q Spotlight Lola Frost
What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid ?
I am a professional, award winning, international Burlesque artist, a burlesque studio co-director and instructor, and a live art model.
Can you share an interesting thing (or two) about your journey to reach this moment?
One day it’s practice, the next it’s flow. I’ve learned hard work and dedication is the only way to achievement, and that it’s rarely overnight, it takes years. You hit a lot of blocks in your life as an artist, but the biggest lesson you will learn is to trust yourself and your personal expression. Your path is unique and worthy, keep forging.
What 3 things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?
- I love nudity and find it’s expression through art liberating, inspiring, brave and empowering.
- I’m taken by beauty, both small and grand, daily.
- We are nothing without connection.
Highest moment so far?
Being part of an art form with such rich history while contributing to it’s present and future. Being in the heart of a community with such talented and diverse performers has been not only healing, but elevating.
What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?
I’m focusing on training and teaching. I have a few new pieces I’m developing for the stage as well, both solo and collaboratively. But I am really enjoying being a student again and bringing that back to my classes, rejuvenated and refreshed.
Who and/or what inspires you?
Nature. Art. Abnormalities. Family. Weirdos. Sex Workers. Stigmas. Talent. Dedication. Deep sensuality. Words. Vibrations in peoples voices. Putting your heart on the line. The general sense of overcoming and succeeding. Love.
How do you personally define success?
I think that’s when you can put away your negative voice, look around and acknowledge you’re doing it, and doing it well. You’re in your flow. When you can give yourself a high five guilt free and know your work is standing for itself.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
To turn hate into love with the wink of an eye.
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