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Feeling drawn to the stage?

It is no easy feat to let go of judgment and insecurity about your body, but over time, my burlesque classes have helped students do just that while taking control of their own sexuality. I want to help you explore elements of dance, performance art, costuming and acting in a fun, social, encouraging environment. Students always leave my classes with good friends and a sense of community. As I always say, "friends that strip together, stay together!"

"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., Burlesque 101 student

"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., Burlesque 101 student

Deb au Nare

"I'm Deb au Nare, the headmistress and founder of the Burlesque Academy of Asheville. I want to help you find your inner burlesque star and set you on the path towards self-love and self-expression. 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."

Burlesque 101 Online

Learn the basics of burlesque and components to creating your own burlesque persona and act!


We will start with a brief introduction of burlesque history and it's various styles, teach you classic burlesque dance moves that can be incorporated into your act and end with putting all your work together to create your final stage ready act!

This course is designed to be taken in 6 weeks to help you with pacing so you do not get overwhelmed. This allows you to build onto what you've learned each week while allowing time for practice and to really figure out what direction you want to go in with your act and character. However, all of the information will be available to you immediately, so if you are interested in completing this course sooner, you have that option! Students have access to the course information for 60 days.


18 and up only - Cost: $150
Please allow up to 1 Business Day for Deb to create your account login after payment is received.

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