Headmistress & Founder
I love teaching the Burlesque 101 course and being able to see the transformation in students. On the first day of class everyone is usually a little nervous and unsure, then after the 6 weeks when they are on stage, you can just see that star come out of them! It's a really great experience to witness!
I found burlesque at a dark time in my life and it helped me get through a lot of depression and self image issues. This is why I feel so strongly about sharing this artform with others and helping others to find that beauty and fun within. I believe that with the right mindset going in, you will feel that amazing transformation happen. It may not be immediate, it took me several years, but I think it is a feeling worth the wait and work that goes into it.
With over 11 years of experience, I have been on both performing and producing ends of the Burlesque scene. I have been featured on America's Got Talent, have headlined shows in New York as well as internationally in Toronto and have won awards for my signature chair routine. I taught my own series of classes in Jacksonville, FL, and have also taken classes from such renowned performers as Jo Weldon, Dirty Martini and Perle Noire.
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!
"Deb's the best! I had such a good experience taking all of the Burlesque Academy of Asheville classes"
"Super fun with great networking options to further any budding starlet!"
"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."
"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."
"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