The Lalas Burlesque - Q&A conducted with Erin Lamont, Creator and Choreographer of The Lalas Burlesque

Breaking walls, pushing limits and taking it off, The Lalas Burlesque Show is headed for “big time” status recognition.Last week The Lalaspacked “standing room only” show atBardot Hollywood. The burgeoning fresh and naughty burlesque dance troupe is created and choreographed by Erin Lamont. Lamont has been working professionally as a choreographer/dancer/model ever since she graduated from college with a B.A in Dance and a B.B.A in Marketing from Western Michigan University. She happens to be one of the hardest working choreographers on the scene today and we were able to get her to sharea few of hersecrets to success as well as some behind-the-scenes insight.

The Lalas Burlesque

Q: Hi Erin. The Lalas Burlesque is one of the hottest acts on the Hollywood scene right now. What prompted you to create The Lalas Burlesque show?

Erin Lamont: I lived right up the street from a lounge that had a burlesque group perform – I saw their show – then directly called the owner and told him that I had girls that were hotter – better bodies – more technically trained – and that I could bring a crowd. He signed us on for 7 months after our first performance!

Q: How did you get into dance and the entertainment business?

Erin Lamont: It’s that age old stereotypical story. I took my first tap class at 7 years of age and fell in love. I started choreographing in college, where I studied dance and business and promptly, 7 days after graduating from college, I received my first dance contract working on a cruise ship. I hopped right into that gig and have been working ever since!

Q: Reactions have been strong and positive from The Lalas’ audiences. What is your secret to standing out and wowing the crowds?

Erin Lamont: Honestly, it’s my girls. They are freakishly phenomenal. They have a quality that just makes people stop and stare. The choreography and concepts are extremely important, don’t get me wrong – but just having a Lala stand in front of a crowd of hundreds and maybe just unbuttoning a shirt for 3 minutes – makes the crowd CRAZY! I love watching my show come to life.

Q: The girls in the show are all dynamic, beautiful and talented. What are some of the traits that you look for when you hold auditions for The Lalas Burlesque troupe?

Erin Lamont

Erin Lamont: This might not be the sexiest answer – but I look for that dancer that is punctual, and really pulled up for the audition. She takes care of herself. And equally as important, I just have to like them . There are so many talented girls working in this business but 3/4 of them I would never even consider – just because they have the wrong attitude. SO the bottom line: on time, prepared, and cool as hell. That’s why I have only 8 Lalas.

Q: Is being a part of such a competitive dance genre anything like the cult classic movie “Showgirls?”

Erin Lamont: Absolutely – that catty sh#t happens on a daily basis. One-upping a girl at a show or at an audition. But, my point of view is that there is enough work for everyone. I know that we are not the only burlesque show going on in LA, but we are sure as hell the best one. The dancers that are usually complaining are the ones that aren’t working, so I like to stay away from that.

Q: How do audiences interact with you and the girls after a show? I am sure people are already asking for autographs backstage.

Erin Lamont: They do! Especially when we have a stage that is more intertwined with the crowd. Pictures – autographs – business cards. Keep them coming!

Q: An evolution like the Pussycat Dolls is what comes to my mind. What can The Lalas’ fans expect to see in the future from your troupe?

Erin Lamont: The business model I have laid out for the Lalas is similar to that of the Pussycat Dolls – before they “made it big.” We are a burlesque group – and I plan on keeping it that way. The Lalas will be an international brand – we will have a reality show – we will have live shows performing simultaneously throughout the industry, whether it be in a casino , on a cruise ship, or private parties and events. Our shows will continue to WOW! I intend on keeping quality the forefront of our name.

Q: Are there any other projects that you are working on aside from The Lalas?

Erin Lamont: Along with being the creator and director of the Lalas – I am also an independent contractor choreographing for commercial, TV and film. I am currently working as a choreographer on Country Music Television’s new hit show “Your Chance to Dance” A commercial for Johnny Rockets, and the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant.

Erin, you are definitely a busy girl and on the rise in Hollywood!

For more information about Erin Lamont, please visit:

The Lalas Burlesque Show continues at Bardot Hollywood, 1737 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, Located upstairs of Avalon. (323) 462-1307, $10 Admission Fee for General Public.

  • Friday, August 6th at 10:00 PM
  • Friday, August 20th at 10:00 PM

JUST ADDED:Special Date: Saturday, August 14th, Foundation Room at the House of Blues,8430 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069, (323) 848–5100

About Erin Lamont

Erin Lamont has been working professionally as a choreographer/dancer/model ever since she graduated from college with a B.A in Dance, and a B.B.A in Marketing from Western Michigan University.

She has worked with notable artists; Kevin Rudolph, the Veronicas, Trace Adkins, Boys Like Girls, and Lady Gaga. Her choreography can be seen on; L.A Fashion Week, the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant in Vietnam, NBC, Exercise TV, and ESPN. Other credits include; Warner Brothers Film "The Lonely Dog" directed by Avika Goldsman, Skechers, Nike, Nuskin, ABC, Puma, Wella, Wyndham Resorts, Playboy, EMI Records, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Disney, Spike TV, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the NBA L.A Clippers Dance team.

Erin also tours as a guest artist and has worked with Sydney Dance Company, Melbourne Music Academy, ABC Dance Group in Vietnam, Broadway Dance Center Tokyo, EDGE Performing Arts Center, and has taught master classes in over 40 states across the U.S. Lastly, this year she was nominated by Capezio and Dancer Magazine as one of the top ten choreographers in the country. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she produces L.A's most rockin burlesque group called: The Lalas.

About The Lalas Burlesque

Definitely not a typical bawdy burlesque show, The Lalas is a Los Angeles based burlesque troupe delivering an extra special dose of fun. Lead by creator and choreographer Erin Lamont, The Lalas dancers also include Kelley Koski, Tonya Kay, Janelle Dote, Kelley Koski, Reyna Godoy, Tonya Kay, Janelle Dote, Jahnel Curfman, Erika Marosi, Aleksandra Wojda and Chantel Gonsalves. There is so much more to these glamorous beauties than their impeccable performance technique, professional industry status and striking looks. Audiences are in for an over-the-top extravaganza performance, which goes way beyond traditional burlesque. Every time the Lalas step out on stage, crowds sit at the edge of their barstools. The Lalas put on a tongue-in-cheek presentation, which includes comedic shenanigans, daredevil aerial tricks, Indiana Jones style whipping vignettes, jazz dance, pointe ballet and of course the girls exercise their talent to tease. While The Lalas Burlesque dancers love their bras and undies, they do a lot more than just perform while scantily clad. Whether it is performing a bluesy and seductive cigarette-filled show to the likes of Peggy Lee or rocking out to AC/DC and James Brown, The Lalas have the market covered when it comes to live burlesque entertainment. Breaking walls, The Lalas go way outside of the box and you never know what you are going to get!**

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