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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!

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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

 

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Question of the Day #10 – Dance HUDs

Image Source: devilman84.altervista.org

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!

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Halloween’d Out

Image Source: quotespictures.com

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.

 

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Question of the Day #9 – Repeat Performances

Image Source: materredemptoris.blogspot.com

Image Source: materredemptoris.blogspot.com

Yesterday’s question of the day asked if audience members had a preference – a show featuring only dancers, a show featuring a mix of acts, or a show with anything BUT dancers.  I was glad to see that no one voted for the last option.  The majority of people voting said they would prefer to see a show with a mixture of acts.  So if you are a venue owner, perhaps that is something to think about.  At the very least, a stand-up comedian, for instance, is probably a lot less script-heavy than a dance act. ;)

Today’s question of the day deals with repeat performances.  I think I’ve mentioned before that I go to a lot of dance shows.  Because many dancers perform at more than one venue, I often end up seeing repeat acts.  So I’m curious if audience members (or dancers themselves) have a strong opinion about repeat performances.  There are also big productions that, because of their size and complexity, are performed repeatedly and then retired.

Since the last QOTD showed that people enjoyed variety, I’m wondering if that carries over to viewing repeat performances.  So weigh in and let me know what you think.

 

Don’t forget to share the link and pester your friends to vote as well!

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Experiment – Volunteers Needed

One of the things I love about writing a blog is the conversations and discussions that spring from it.  I’ve been discussing the question of whether dance in SL should be considered ‘art.’

My resounding answer is YES.  Yes, we all use the same basic tools.  Yes, we use animations that don’t change.  But the way in which we use the tools and create a dance is unique to each performer and is most definitely ‘art.’

In discussing the issue with others, I made the statement that if you gave 4 dancers the same song, odds are you’d end up with 4 very different routines. Now, I don’t think you could do this in a dance performance.  What audience will want to hear the same song 4 times in a row?  BUT – it would be possible to video the dances and then let people view them at their leisure.

So, if you are a dancer, and you’re interested in participating in my little experiment, let me know.  I haven’t settled on a song yet, but I have a few ideas in mind.

This will be interesting. :)

 

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Question of the Day #8 – Dance or Variety Show?

Yesterday’s question of the day inquired about audience preferences for an ‘after-show’ experience.  Strangely (I found it strange, anyway), no one was interested in an after-show social mixer.  The rest of the respondents were evenly split between an audience participation dance as a closing number, or just heading home after the show.

Today’s question asks whether there is preference among audience members for strictly dance numbers in a show, or whether there is any interest in other types of acts.

 

Don’t forget to send the link to your friends and ask them to weigh in with their opinions.

Enjoy your Monday!