Awards & Accolades
"Tippi Hedren never looked so sexy being chased by those menacing feathered fowls than when Lula slid out onto stage in that fashionable green ensemble. In addition to the overall sex appeal to a burlesque routine— and this one in particular was last performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Movers, Shakers & Innovators show in 2012— Lula’s performance included a dazzling display of aerobic finesse and athletic prowess. Hula-hooping birds while seductively stripping was indeed a mind-blowing experience and quite the fascinating hybrid to encounter."
Poultry in Montion - A Burlesque Most Fowl
Amanda N. Gunther, 11.23.2016
“The hoopster known as Lula Houp-Garou proved that you can innovate even when the crowd thinks they know you. After throwing her hair down, she re-enters with two long strings each adorned with three small birds, and spins them. Yes, she’s doing Tippi Hedren from “The Birds,” even before she reenters with her eponymous hoop, tonight, decked out with birds perched upon it, circling her menacingly while she strips. My favorite move was the classic back-stretch stocking removal, while spinning a hoop on one arm raised high above her head.”
-BurlesqueBeat.com: Burlesque Hall of Fame 2012 - Movers, Shakers and Innovators
J.D. Oxblood, 5.31.2012
"Lula gets two snaps from me for using her hoop to tell a compelling story. So genius!!"
-Burlesque Innovation Guild: Summer Highlights 2011
Trixie Little, 7.26.2011
"A highly amusing act was performed by award-winning Lula Houp-Garou, who exhibited the vaudeville spectacle most prominently with props, costume, stage set, storyline and striptease choreography."
-Dallas Burlesque Festival 2012 Review
Susan Friedman, 2.18.2012
"One of my favorite acts of the weekend was Lula Hoop Garou and her tribute to Hitchcock's The Birds,
which won the Best Novelty/Vaudeville prize.
Ive seen burlesque hula hooping before
but Lula was quite ingenious in her interpretation
of the classic 60s movie. "
-Better Living through Burlesque: Texas Burlesque Festival 2011
Paul O'Conell, Burlesque Seattle Press, 4.30.2011
"Lula Houp-Garou kept the energy elevated in the room by providing a hip spinning sensation with her trusty hula hoop. I kept thinking to myself, she must sleep and eat while whirling this thing around.
She’s the only person I’ve seen who can successfully strip while still rotating.
I’m not surprised she won best novelty act at the Texas Burlesque Festival, she’s one of a kind whirling wonder woman."
-SchmidtySays.com: Dallas Burlesque Festival 2012
"Headliner Lula Houp-Garou...works wondrous tricks with hoops..."
-Chicago Tribune: Old-school vaudeville finds its way to Wilmette
"Chicago favorite, Lula Houp-Garou...performed magnificently with several hoops in various acts, including one that appeared to be a giant cherry pie. Lula, known for her hooptease performances,
did not disappoint with her shimmy and shake."
-Paper Doll Pin Ups Reviews:
Pretty Things Peepshow Comes to Chicago!
Rooster Q. Redghost, 2.28.2011
"You're very fancy!"
-Amelia, 5 year old audience member of Vaudeville at the 'Mette
"Her first brothel was shelved with porcelain plates and filled with rocking horses; Lula is a mechanical doll with sugary glass eyes, angel hair and the most beautiful bare arms and perfect smile. If you touch her, expect to disintegrate like a cobweb. Rivers sing her name as if they were filled with the heads of poets. Yes, this is how the devils were made, we think. Wise and winged with love, they roamed earth as nomad healers luring away the hate, the burn, the poison plagues and trapped them in dreams. Spinning dreams. Lula spins your worries into fire or into white hot lights. You may sink into them with her. She is Chicago Poetry Brothel’s dearest fairy and presides over our paradise."
-Madame Black-Eyed Susan, Chicago Poetry Brothel
The Great Southern Exposure 2011
Best Variety Performance
Most Comedic Performance
The Texas Burlesque Festival 2011
Best Novelty/Vaudeville Act
Performer, designer, model, artistic alchemist...
Lula Houp-Garou is an award-winning, head-and-hoop-spinning sensation.
Fusing the elements of circus skill, showgirl spectacle,
and vaudeville ingenuity, Lula Houp-Garou has been charming audiences far and wide with her signature style of variety burlesque since 2008.
An ingenue with ingenuity, Lula is known not only for her considerable talents with a hula hoop, but also for her innovative concepts,
over-the-top theatricality, opulent costumes and whimsical props.
She was honored to be chosen to perform in the Movers, Shakers and Innovators Showcase at the 2012 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas. Other notoble performances include: Headliner at the first annual Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival (2013) and Featured Performer at the 2011 Dallas Burlesque Festival.
She was awarded the titles of "Best Novelty/Vaudeville Act" at the 2011 Texas Burlesque Festival, and "Most Comedic", "Edgiest" and "Best Variety" at the 2011 Southern Exposure Pageant.
Formerly Chicago's Centrifugal Sweetheart and Dallas's Dizzifying, Dainty Delight, Lula is currently based out of Richmond, VA and has outgrown her taste for alliterative taglines. However, she has a wicked case of wanderlust and travels regularly to performance bookings nationwide.
photo by Dallas PinUp