Our Instructors

Deb au Nare

Headmistress & Founder

With over 10 years of experience, Deb has been on both performing and producing ends of the Burlesque scene. She has been featured on America's Got Talent, has headlined shows in New York as well as internationally in Toronto and has won awards for her signature chair routine. Deb has taught her own series of classes in Jacksonville, FL, and also taken classes from such renowned performers as Jo Weldon, Dirty Martini and Perle Noire.

Queen April

Lead Instructor

Queen April is a seasoned burlesque performer and Vaudeville actress with a focus on fetish style burlesque and comedy. She has been performing for 10 years and is the producer of the Girly Girl Revue burlesque troupe. Queen April offers classes on how to make your performance not just memorable, but unforgettable with her signature course, Sass Class.

The Academy

Deb au Nare's Burlesque Academy of Asheville was founded in January of 2015.
All classes are currently held in the dance studio at Colourfield in downtown Asheville, NC at 54 Ravenscroft Drive.
We offer a wide range of classes that are suitable for any level of experience from beginner to advanced!

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Student Testimonials

"Deb's the best! I had such a good experience taking all of the Burlesque Academy of Asheville classes"
-Lune Noirr

"Super fun with great networking options to further any budding starlet!"
-Claire D'Lune

"Deb is phenomenal and such an inspiration. She has boosted my self confidence and makes me feel comfortable. I've had so much fun and I've learned a lot from her just within the past few weeks."
-Hannah C.

"This is an amazing experience that unleashes the sexuality and sensuality of the human form in a safe manner which is both exciting and fun. Even if it isn't what you want out of life (to be a professional burlesque dancer) each day you will leave with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step."
-Sarrah Z.

"Deb was an awesome teacher with great suggestions for polishing up an existing act! Her chair class was not only an awesome workout but fun and innovative. Working alongside her I had a few "ah hah!" moments that I was thrilled to have - she breathed fresh creativity backed with experience and confidence in what I was doing. Deb is not only a great educator but is an inspiration to me as a burlesque artist. If I lived closer I would be regular at the Burlesque Academy of Asheville."
-Danielle Saint Velvet

Contact Us


54 Ravenscroft Drive, Asheville, NC, 28801