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Tease for two?

[cleeng_content id=”852598629″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Couples, others promised fun at Valentine’s burlesque show

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Burlesque for Valentine’s Day weekend?

Absolutely, explains Talia Mercer of Tilted Torch, the D.C. performance troupe bringing the “Aphrodisia” burlesque show to the Shepherdstown Opera House Saturday.

New York City’s Amber Ray – known for “fierce dramatics and musicality on stage, heated sensuality, and her unique and opulent costumes” – shimmies into Shepherdstown Saturday.

New York City’s Amber Ray – known for “fierce dramatics and musicality on stage, heated sensuality, and her unique and opulent costumes”
– shimmies into Shepherdstown Saturday.

Since Tilted Torch’s founding five years ago, Valentine’s Day-themed shows have been a consistent hit, said Mercer, who performs as “Miss Joule” and whose works with fire and glass will be among the highlights at Saturday’s show.

“We like to lightly play on the theme of Valentine’s Day, like we have this year in the name of the show – ‘Aphrodisia’ — but we always make it fun for everyone,” she said. “Whether folks are out on a date, in a long-term relationship or just headed out with friends, we guarantee a good time.

“People who are looking for something different, to laugh, to be amazed, to participate, or simply to be entertained end up at a Tilted Torch show.”

Mercer believes she understands why the genre – first introduced in the United States in the late 1800s – has found its way back into the spotlight.

“I think burlesque is appealing to audiences because it’s very accessible and yet it’s larger than life at the same time,” she said. “Our shows have true variety too so you can see anything from burlesque to live music to dance to circus arts to comedy, all in one evening.”

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