by Deb au Nare
Posted on July 18, 2016
Burlesque. The word calls to mind a lovely lady shimmering and shaking her way out of a martini glass, a coy look twisting her lips upwards into a ghost of a smile. It’s glamorous. It’s beautiful. It’s entertainment. It’s also hard work!
When you think of the glamor and fun of a burlesque show, you might not think of all the hardwork and dedication that goes into a five minute performance by each and every performer on stage. Lord knows I didn’t when enjoying a pint and watching the talented ladies from the Tuesday Tease performance shake their money makers to a Prince anthology. All that glamor & sassiness was a product of not only the hard work of each and every performer but of the headmistress of the burlesque school under which a majority of them studied. Deb au Nare is a legend on the burlesque scene in Asheville and it’s no wonder. She’s a force to be reckoned with.
I have to admit, I had no idea what a burlesque headmistress would be like one-on-one. I expected some larger than life character, the likes of which could be found in the enormous stage presence I’d glimpsed from Madame Deb au Nare on stage before. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a dedicated entrepreneur who was not only beautiful but incredibly business savvy. With a laid-back Florida style, complete with flip flops, this Jacksonville native projects a sweet confidence and easy-going nature that allowed me to relax instantly.