New Stuff!

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Image Source: xelerus.de

There hasn’t been a lot of new dance releases lately, so I’m happy to report on a couple of them. :-)

Abranimations has released a new ‘Slow Burlesque’ series of dances.  HUMANOID has released a new set of ‘Kim’ dances – labeled as ‘dark, sexy’ dances.  Be sure to stop by both places and check them out.

On the non-dance animation front, oOo Poses has released two new sets of poses – ‘Avenger,’ a set inspired by cemetery sculptures, and ‘Henrietta,’ 5 poses designed for a bit of fun in-motion movements.  Check out a preview of them here if you’re interested.  These are part of FiftyLindenFriday, so hurry on over!



Question of the Day #12 – Costume Changes

Yesterday I asked what mover systems people are using.  The results show an even split between the SpotOn mover system and The Artiste mover system.

Today’s question deal with costume changes.  Whether you are adding or removing costume pieces, props, special FX, cothing layers, or changing entire outfits, what are you using to do it?


Thank you to everyone who has participated in the previous polls!

It’s finally Friday – almost the weekend!  :-)



Dance News

I checked the Dance Queens blog today and was happily surprised to find three (3!) new posts for dance shows.

Of course, dance shows are going on all the time, but having that many posts in one day is a rarity anymore.

So, in case you missed it, they are:

  • Les Jardin de Paris is putting on their “Notre-Dame des Parisll” show this Friday at 12:30pm SLT.  As always, IM DameLessage Igaly for reservations.
  • The Blue Velvet troupe is performing at the Royal Opera House on Sunday, November 9, at 2pm SLT.  This troupe is new to me, and I’ve never been to the Royal Opera House, so this show is on my ‘to-visit’ list.
  • The Spirit Light Dance Company is presenting their new show ‘Decades One’ this Sunday at 12pm SLT.  This is one of two ‘Decades’ shows they will be performing.  There is an admission fee of $250L for this show, and you must reserve your seat.

I wondered whether charging admission for dance shows would become a regular part of dance shows.  It seems it might be.  Of course, for big productions, it is a way for troupes to recapture ‘up-front’ some of the expense of producing the shows.  It will be interesting to watch this trend as it develops.

The Night Theater is also performing their ‘Wonderfully Wicked’ show this weekend and next, so be sure to check them out as well.  This is also the last weekend (I believe) to catch Euphoria’s amazing ‘Superhero’ show.  You get to ride around on a train from place to place as you view the acts – quite a nice experience, as set-up for the next act happens while you are traveling and looking at the city build.

Tomorrow is Friday – almost the weekend.  Enjoy your Thursday!




Question of the Day #11 – Mover Systems

Yesterday I asked about dance HUDs and what people are using.  I must admit, I was surprised by the results.  For years, HUDDLES was the ‘go-to’ dance HUD.  Then Barre came along and was the new ‘thing.’  Next was SpotOn – and because their HUD is made to work with their mover system, I expected that most people would be using that HUD.  Not so.

According to yesterday’s poll results, the most popular HUD among respondents was The Artiste Performance HUD (47%).  SpotOn Performance Director was the next most popular (27%), followed by the Barre (7%).  The rest of the votes were for various HUDs, including Akeyo and Vista, but not the HUDDLES.

So I’m very interested to see the results of today’s Question of the Day.


If you have a question you would like included in this ‘Question of the Day’ series, please let me know.  As always, please send the link to your friends and ask them to vote!


Busy, Busy, Busy

There seem to be a ton of events going on in SL right now.  Or maybe it’s just that I’m paying attention! :-P

Of course, Collabor88 is open – October’s theme is ‘Motel Spoopy.’ (I have no idea what that means, but there’s always cool stuff there – go check it out!)  Next month’s theme is ‘Modern Alchemist,’ so I’ll definitely be stopping by then.

The Mystic Realms Faire is going on.  I only made it onto the sim once, so I did a bunch of shopping while I was there.  I found the most amazing avatar costume – perfect for a number I was working on.  I swear, it’s like the creator read my mind!  It also didn’t hurt that I love her work, so her spot at the Faire was one I made sure to find.  If you love amazing costumes, be sure to check out !dM – deviousMind.

The Vintage and Cool Fair is open – I love vintage, so I stopped by and picked up a few new items.  Give yourself plenty of time to explore – there are lots of things to see!

The Tag! Gacha runs through October 31st.  If you’re a gacha fan (or fanatic), this is one you shouldn’t miss.  There are 50 stores and a cute storyline to follow as you travel from place to place.  I wasn’t lucky enough to get a mystery coupon :-(, but I had a lot of fun.

Of course, Builder’s Brewery is holding their annual ‘Halloween Hunt’ with lots of cool free gifts (the group is free to join).

An event that showed up on my radar is The Body Modification Expo.  I’m not really into tattoos and piercing, but there were a couple of items that piqued my curiosity, so I’ll be checking this one out too.

Yesterday I checked out The Fantasy Collective.  Lots of pretties to look at here!

I’m sure there are tons more events, but these are the ones that have kept me busy for the past few weeks.

Now, if I could just figure out what happened to all my Lindens . . . . . .  :-D



Question of the Day #10 – Dance HUDs

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Image Source: devilman84.altervista.org

I’m learning a lot from the Question of the Day.  Before I started asking them, I would have thought that the audience preferred large stages, lavish sets, and multiple dancers.

Turns out I was wrong.

The audience just wants to be entertained – imagine that!

Yesterday’s question asked whether repeat performances were okay.  Most of the respondents said that repeat performances were okay.

After asking a lot of questions about the audience’s perspective, I thought I’d turn now to asking performers about their preferences.  What tools are dancers using and why?

So for today’s question, I’m starting with a basic tool – the dance HUD.  I know what tools I use and like, and what tools seem to be popular, but perhaps what ‘seems’ popular may really not be.  (As turned out to be the case with some of the audience preferences!)

So, dancers – what dance HUD do you use?  I’ve listed a few of them, but there are too many to include all of them.  If the one you use isn’t on the list, please use the ‘other’ option and let me know which one you prefer.

Thank you all for participating – and don’t forget to nag your friends to weigh in too!


Halloween’d Out

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Image Source: quotespictures.com

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older.  Maybe it’s because my kids are getting older.  But I’m already tired of Halloween.

I’ve never been big into horror films (in fact, I avoid them like the plague).  I don’t watch ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I don’t believe in a Zombie Apocalypse (a social media zombie apocalypse, yes).  You can’t turn around in SL around this time of year without running into something Halloween.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I enjoy a holiday as much as the next person.  I love seeing kids in their costumes and handing out candy.  But witches and pumpkins and spiders and ghosts and ghouls and zombies and skeletons  . . .   Not my thing.

I’m on Halloween overload.