Thursday, December 31, 2009

Jade Pearl's Favorite Moments of 2009

- Graduating from college!
- Debuting as a burlesque soloist
- Meeting all the fabulous people of the Dallas burlesque scene

There are more but I'm getting ready to run out to the gym. I'm working hard to lose 20 lbs so I can fit into my old jeans!

Yay for resolutions!

Have a safe and happy new year! There are a lot of things coming up this year including producing some awesome shows along with being a feature model of Dr Sketchy's Denton!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I'll be in Austin tomorrow so I figured I oughta wish all of you a Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Hope Everyone Had a Good Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone's Thanksgivings were awesome. Sorry I haven't updated but it has been crazy with these holidays.

Anyways, this week check out my friends performing in Gifts and Garters with Perle Noire guest performing along with the Jigglewatts from Austin.

Also, on December 13, I'll be performing for Dr Sketchy's in Denton. The models will be the lovely ladies from Big Star Burlesque in Austin.

I hope to see you at both events!


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Show Tonight @ Mable Peabody's in Denton, TX November 21, 2009

Come out tonight and support the Texas Equal Access Fund at Mable Peabody's in Denton, TX. Notable performers are the lovely Vivienne Vermuth (who is also hosting), Bubbles von Bon Bon, and Vinny Velour. I'll also be there bringing back some old classics. Show starts at midnight but there'll be two bands performing before us so don't worry about showing up early. It'll be a party all night!

Friday, November 6, 2009

I Hate the Ills

So I want to congratulate all who made it into the Gifts and Garters show. I'm bummed I couldn't audition due to a secondary infection gifted to me by the wonderful H1N1 but I'm totally glad that my friends made it in. I don't know if it's supposed to be public so I have my lips sealed as to who it is. :D

Anyways, I've been on a mission to go back down to my old dancer performance weight. Before anyone starts freaking out and going, "burlesque is about all bodies," which I wholeheartedly agree upon, I also perform as a dancer in other dance forms such as modern and ballet. Those have more stringent guidelines about body type.

It is true that most artistic directors nowadays care less about actual weight and care more about technique, strength, and stamina. That being said, most dancers who have quality technique, strength, and stamina also get to experience the side effect of being slimmer and/or more cut than the average joe shmoe. After I graduated college, my activity level definitely dropped significantly despite teaching a bazillion classes a week (most of them being to tiny children which affords me no cardio whatsoever) and my body has suffered as a result.

So what I'm trying to say is, please don't invite me to KFC (I don't trust their grilled chicken) 'cause this gal is cutting back. Woot.

Oh and if anyone has any good workout videos, please send them my way. Some of the ones I've done are WAY too easy for me and end up just being a waste of my time. D: Running is going to be an option as soon as my body decides to stop being sick all the time.

Sidenote, this Sunday is Dr. Sketchy's Denton's Steampunk Show with GlamAmour so you should go because Dr. Sketchys + steampunk + GlamAmour + Zamra + Brigette Noir + Scarlet Rose Royale = awesome.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Burlesque Nocturne Recap 2009

Well, two weekends ago, I wore a new hat. I was a stage manager for Burlesque Nocturne. I really want to thank La Divina Productions for trusting me with all of that responsibility. The talent was amazing and Kalani Kokonuts and Renea Le Roux were just FABULOUS.

This week, I will be auditioning for Bewitching Burlesque's Gifts and Garters. The competition is going to be tough so please cross your fingers for me, extra tight!

(PS - I'm doing NaBloPoMo but I'm a little late so there'll be another post tonight.)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Jade Pearl Rants About Health Care and the Swine Flu

I have the swine flu. I'm really glad I have insurance that allowed me to go to a doctor and get some tamiflu so I wouldn't be spreading the joy of H1N1 to the world around me, furthering a would-be epidemic. This, my friends, is why health care should be readily available. I DIDN'T SAY the government should pay for everyone's health care, I'm saying that health care, AT LEAST PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, should be available for everyone either by not allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to anyone or offering vouchers or coupons or SOMETHING TO HELP OUT THE HARD WORKING AMERICANS WHO DON'T HAVE INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY'RE DANCERS or DANCE TEACHERS or SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. Otherwise you have sick people going about their usual business, spreading their ickiness everywhere.

The end.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Blue Masquerade Ball and Dr. Sketchy's Denton Plus Lollie Bombs Boolesque!

This event is tomorrow and supports the North Texas Food Bank and the Deep Ellum Community Association. I will be there modeling Hot Topic and Electrique Boutique not to mention premiering a (PG) version of my new act.

You can catch my unedited new act at the other even going on this Sunday at Dr. Sketchy's Denton with Kali Ann! This also benefits another great charity called Feel Your Boobies!

Also this weekend is the Lollie Bomb's Boolesque Show !

I can't wait to see you guys this weekend!

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Candy Gram is Up!

Check out The Candy Pitch to see my Candy Gram!


Also, I'm going to be in a couple of fabulous events in October including the Blue Masquerade Fashion Ball and Dr. Sketchy's Denton's October session with Kali Ann.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Nouvelle Burlesque Dallas, TX September 19, 2009

I'll be performing this Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas, TX for La Divina Productions' Nouvelle Burlesque show. Come support me and see my new routine!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I'm Another Year Older

Well in thirty minutes, I'll be another year older. This year is my year, though. I can feel it. BTW, if you want to get me anything for my birthday, I'd be much obliged. A paypal or gift certificate? Yes, I am shameless.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Dita Von Teese Quote About Fauxlesque

I hate commercialized so called "burlesque" shows, nightclubs and dance troupes. If I never see another girl group lip sync "Fever" and dance around in fishnet hose, chicken feather boas and mix-matched lingerie, it will be too soon. American classic burlesque was made famous by the striptease artists, and they took off their clothes. End of story. Burlesque was not a fashion style, so why is it that in the 1930's in burlesque audiences enjoyed gorgeous girls stripping and now 78 years later, burlesque is being sanitized? It's an insult to the stars of burlesque like Gypsy Rose Lee, Lili St. Cyr who stripped to pasties and g-strings and the fabulous Sally Rand-- who prided herself in dancing so perfectly buck-naked while still maintaining her mystery. It's important to me to keep the real, authentic, risque art of the real burlesque alive and well, not to rewrite it to suit the censors, or to cash in on a trend by destroying it." - Dita von Teese

Friday, August 28, 2009

Modeling at Vitty's in Denton, TX Tonight August 28, 2009

I will be modeling tonight at Vitty's in Denton for My Spicy Treasures at 9 pm. This means I won't be going to NGR but at least I'll be out! So if you want to come see me, be sure to check out the fashion show tonight.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Naked Girls Reading Friday August 28. 2009 in Dallas, TX at Quixotic Theater

I love naked girls and I love reading. Therefore, I will be attending the inaugural session of Naked Girls Reading in Dallas this Friday August 28, 2009 at Quixotic Theater. You better be there because my idol Miss Michelle L'amour is going to grace us with her presence. MmmMMM!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lollie Bombs Burlesque This Weekend August 21 - 22 Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

The FABULOUS Lollie Bombs are performing this weekend at the Pocket Sandwich Theater in Dallas, TX. Net proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure. Check out their website for more information.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Life

Many of you know I'm embarking on a new chapter of my life. It's my start on my on and my start as a solo performer. To celebrate, I have since August 8, debuted, been an Art Monkey for Dr Sketchy's Dallas, been a hair model, been a body paint model, put pink in my hair, and pierce my lip. Yep. Go big or go home!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School Denton was a Success!

Zamra was gorgeous! E. Pax, our emcee was hilarious. Vivienne was fabulous. Cayla was naughty and made a giant walking advertisement of her store on E. Pax. I was drawn on, several times. Fun was had. If you missed it, well... you better hope you can find a chair at the October one. ;D

Friday, August 14, 2009

Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School in Denton Tomorrow August 15. 2009 @ Art Six

You should come to the inaugural Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School in Denton, TX at Art Six coffeehouse. It's tomorrow from 6-9. It'll be awesome. You can catch me working as an Art Monkey. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

My Debut Last Night Was Wonderful

I had a great debut last night! I was so nervous that I would mess up or that my routine would be lame in comparison to the other routines. However, Ginger Valentine and Black Mariah calmed me down in the dressing room while La Divina came in and out and offered reassurances as well.

I think it helped because when I got out on that stage, I turned up the intensity on my routine and did as well as I could. It was a rush! The exhilaration of performing on that stage was incomparable to anything I had experienced before. I loved it! Now I'm definitely addicted! I'll be performing in La Divina Productions' Nouvelle Burlesque.

Monday, August 3, 2009

My Debut is Coming Up, Don't You Dare Miss It

I am debuting as a solo performer at this show. You better buy your ticket and be there or I'll be a sad Jade. You don't want to see a sad Jade do you?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Feature on Bewitching Burlesque Blog

Yesterday I was featured on the Bewitching Burlesque Blog. Check it out! And don't forget to buy your tickets. You wouldn't want to miss my debut, would you?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Atomic Frolic Burlesque Revue 2009 in Dallas, Texas was fabulous

Everyone did wonderfully! It was great seeing my old friends Rose Darling and Ginger Valentine (both of which are blowing up the Dallas burlesque scene right now). La Divina was brilliant as per usual and the other performers definitely shined, as well. I think Black Mariah's pyrotechnics was a highlight for me.

Once my sister uploads the rest of the pics we took at the show, I'll show you more but luckily, the wonderful Vivienne Vermuth aka my Burly God Mother spared a moment from her sexy panty wrangling to snap a picture with me.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Burlesque-Filled Weekend in Dallas and Denton!

Tonight is the Deviant Dolls at the Boiler Room here in Denton, Texas. Show starts at 9 and its $7 for 21 and up and $9 for 18-20.

TOMORROW is the long awaited Atomic Frolic featuring all of the best in burlesque including: Angela Ryan, La Divina, Black Mariah, Rose Darling, Ginger Valentine, Ruby Rocket and the very wonderful Kitten DeVille aka Miss Exotic World 2002!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2009 Has a Sexy 40s Twist

I am in love with the 40's inspire clothing and lingerie right now.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Have a Happy 4th of July!

Under Construction

Hello, lovelies. I'm trying to import my other blog here but I'm having technical difficulties. Please bear with me. In the meantime, imagine how awesome this blog will be as soon as I can figure this import blog thing out. :-*

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Am I a Stripper or a Burlesque Dancer? Answer: Both.

"What is the difference between stripping and burlesque?
Well, if you ask me, I would say that there isn't technically a difference! Burlesque dancers WERE strippers! They used this term in burlesque. So burlesque is the show, and the dancers were strippers. Okay, so I know that what you really want to hear is what makes me different from a modern day pole dancer/stripper. Well, we are all one in the same, but burlesque is where this whole idea of removing clothes to music in front of an audience started, and pole dancing is where it has evolved to. I refuse to say that I'm "classier" or "better" than any other exotic dancer. I essentially do the same thing - perhaps with more spectacle, and with retro flair. I like the fact that burlesque alway has been risque, and I am confident with myself enough to say that I am proud to be a stripper. "

-Dita Von Teese

Ever the enlightening woman!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky!

Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ballet: How to pack for summer intensives

Check out my article on how to pack for your upcoming summer intensive here:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Support Your Dancers!

I personally think everyone should be involved in advocacy for whatever cause they believe in. This is why I encourage everyone in Texas (and maybe elsewhere) to consider being a part of the Texans for the Arts organization in some form or another. It's simple math, the more money there is, the more organizations can get a piece of the pie. At the very least, lobbying or petitioning is an important part of the democratic process. We have a voice and we need to use it. With that said, check out what they have to say and if you like it, support them. If not, I would at least encourage you to see as many dance shows as possible to support the hard working artists who only want to share their passion with you.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Season 5 NY/Denver Auditions

Now, it's really hard for me to write about the audition process because it is just the audition process. All I know is that I know the Lion Star Wars girl in the Denver audition. She's my college dance department's office girl. She rocks. :D

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Push Comes to Shove: Twyla Tharp's Autobiography


Push Comes to Shove

There are some inalienable truths in dance. One of these truths is that Twyla Tharp is awesome. Twyla Tharp has done it all. She has choreographed for modern companies, ballet company, Broadway shows, and movies not to mention awards in most of those arenas. She accomplished all of this through her internal drive and work ethic. I think that she truly is an inspiration for aspiring dancers and choreographers especially in this day and age. She is relentless.

As for the book, the book is hilarious and well written. It also puts into context the woman behind the choreography. She holds no punches and admits many of her own faults without sounding

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tutus and Tiaras

Me on the day of my last ballet final. Needless to say, I made an A.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Burlesque Cosplay

Burlesque Cosplay

Apparently Bordello Bar in LA had burlesque dancers do their routines in cosplay costumes (ie. Princess Peach, Chun Li, Link, Zelda). This is everything I love in life wrapped into one. I must work with these people.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

My Last Ballet Exam

Today I took my last ballet exam. It was Gamzatti's variation from La Bayadere. It was awesome because my professor let me wear a tutu and a tiara. It was also heart-wrenching when I realized that I would be graduating this summer. D:

Hopefully this wasn't the last time for pointe shoes, tutus, and tiaras but if you're wondering which variation it is, here you go (it's a killer!):

PS - This is obviously not me.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I got it!

I got an apprenticeship with Dekadance! Thanks for all the good vibes!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Inspiration and Being Blessed

Sometimes I feel like I just want to quit. However. I realize how lucky I am to have this gift and to treasure every moment I get to dance and entertain.

Liu Yan, who was paralyzed right before she was to perform in the Beijing Olympics shows me that things can happen and that I need to be thankful for what I have now.

I am really blessed to have gotten job offers and I hope to get another offer tomorrow. <3

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cirque du Soleil Making a Home in NYC

According to this NY Times Article, Cirque du Soleil is trying to establish itself more permanently here in the entertainment capital of the US. I am pretty excited about this.

In other news, our senior show finished this last weekend and I am suffering from post-show depression. Thus, the lack of updates.

In other other news, I have an audition with Dekadance on Friday. WISH ME LUCK!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Here's an update on my personal life.

A few weeks ago, I was accepted into a company then my acceptance was rescinded because all of the company's rehearsals conflicted with my rehearsals for my senior concert. I emailed the artistic director a few days ago and finally received an email back stating that they no longer have a place for me. Sad face.

Good news: I still have a job waiting for me at Disney World. I would be more excited except I am scared that I will not be cast in any dancing roles. However, I will be working full time and have money to take class and I plan to audition for all the companies in the are a, so if anyone has a suggestion as to who to audition for, I'm up for it. I do everything except tap and hip hop. I even do burlesque.

Semi-bad news? I'm nervous about leaving Texas and I would really prefer to dance in a concert dance company here in the area.

Semi-good news? I get to try living outside of Texas for awhile. :D

In the meantime, this week is show week. Oi! Talk about stress!

Anyways, so that's my life. I've been emailing everyone on the planet for auditions so let's all pray or meditate that I get into a company. YAY!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Texas Ballet Theater in Trouble, Again

There are some shady things happening at Texas Ballet Theater, apparently.

According to this article, TBT has been dealing in some not-so-smart ideas since the company nearly folded almost a year ago. The company bounced back, however, and are still going strong but not without financial problems and lots of drama.

For example, in order to save money, TBT has decided to use recorded music instead of a live symphony as is custom. I will tell you now that I was very upset that I had to see Nutcracker with recorded music this year from TBT. I could have gone and seen some random ballet school's Nutcracker which probably would have been just as good and cheaper if I had known. At least I would be paying for what I was seeing and it's always lovely to support your local ballet schools. Of course the musicians are angry too. Everyone's angry. Ben Stevenson, what are you doing?

Anyways, here's a video of the protest against using recorded music at the ballet.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Disney Competes with Itself on Broadway?

This New York Times article describes a problem that is hurting all of Broadway but how it can even be worse for Disney who currently runs three Broadway shows at the same time. This essentially means Disney has to have the musicals compete with themselves for audiences.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Super Heroes = Dancers? Yes

Jon M. Chu is a brilliant man. Why? Because he has combined two of my favorite things in the world: dance and comic book heroes. You can judge all you want but I think this series is going to be interesting not to mention the idea is very creative.The official website is here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Melody Herrera's Marie Diary

Dance Spirit has Melody Herrera's Marie diary. For those of you not in the know, Marie is a ballet by Stanton Welch about everyone's favorite monarch to hate, Marie Antoinette. I personally love Marie Antoinette because I was awesome enough to have played her during my World History class's role play of the French Revolution.

However, I also enjoy this article on a different level. I enjoy that dancers are writing about their dancing. I personally have problems writing about dance. This is the main focus of this blog. This is a way to force me to write about dance because I think about it all the time, might as well write about it.

Mm anyways, enjoy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Finished Prologue! Onto More Raunchy Readings

I finished Prologue by Joan Brady. It was a very interesting memoir but definitely only for those who like tell-all tales. I don't really want to spoil it for those who want to read it but it was inspiring to me as someone who had quit dance as a child and took it back up as a young adult.

Next on the list?
Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie ShowStriptease

Yeah, baby.

Bantown, Glitch, or Bad Ideas?

Yesterday, twitter exploded with the hashtag #amazonfail. I don't know how to describe this in a smart way so here you go:

Wall Street

Dely - The Voice of Reason

Weev - Meta Troll *See below link for explanation.

SF_Drama - Explanation of What  Meta Troll IS

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Reading List: Prologue, An Unconventional Life

Currently on the slate:

From where I am, it's a memoir about a girl studying to become a ballerina. It's by Joan Brady and Suki Schorer is mentioned as is the San Francisco ballet. I'm 3/4 into it and it's very interesting. However, I must admit that I am addicted to tell-all type books.

Pointe Magazine Changing Their Front Cover?

Behold: Feb/Mar 2009

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Apr/May 2009

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Logo changes are things to note. Perhaps Pointe Magazine is trying to let go of its curlicues and are onto more serious business. If only their magazine content reflected that. I mean no disrespect, of course. I have every single Pointe Magazine since 2000-something but that does not mean that Pointe Magazine should shy away from more substantive articles.