The Martina Show

On Friday, I went to a new show – The Martina Show.

It was very interesting.

Martina Show 1Lots of creativity, but very minimal in other ways.

The opening act was a hula hoop dance.

Now, I have a hula hoop somewhere in my inventory, but I never thought of using it in a dance.

There were some issues with timing, but it was a very creative dance.

I don’t think the dancers were using a mover system, but rather moving manually, which probably accounts for some of the timing issues.

Minimal set, no fancy effects, but a lot of creative thinking.

Martina Show 2After the hula hoop dance, it was time for the frogs to take to the stage.

Yep, you read that right.

Dancing frogs.

Delightfully adorable as they danced the Charleston.

It was a medley of the Charleston and a rock song, with a cute back-n-forth between the dancers.

The frogs finished up, took their bows, and handed the stage over to Jennifer Beals.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Flashdance. 😀

Martina Show 3Again, a minimal set, but effective.

It was a challenge to get a picture of this act, as she was dancing and tumbling all over the place.

She danced to the song “What a Feeling” from Fame.

After impressing everyone with her gymnastic and dance skills, it was time for another act.

This time two clowns took to the stage.

The scene is the interior of a beauty salon, and one clown begins to style the other’s hair.

Martina Show 4Sadly, RL called me away and I didn’t get to see the end of this act.

I’m told, however, that the hairdresser clown gave the other a huge afro, which resulted in a chase scene around the stage. 😛

There were a couple of other acts, which I also did not get to see.

I’m not sure if there are any additional performances of this show planned, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing more from Martina.

Some of these acts are more performance art than dance, but nevertheless entertaining.

It will be interesting to see what she comes up with next.

The Main Event Show Lounge

It’s been a busy weekend for me with all these dance shows.

It’s also been a ton o’ fun. 😛

MESL 6Yesterday I got to dance with some amazing ladies at the Main Event Show Lounge.

Lady C, owner and proprietress, opened the show for us.

Dancing to “Dark Lady” by Cher, she set the tone for the rest of the show – spooky, sexy, and fabulous.

When I was told to come up with some Halloween acts, I went searching for music.

At rehearsal, I was kicking myself for not thinking of this song. 🙂

MESL 2Lady C did an amazing job, as always.

After Lady C, Miss Bathory took to the stage.

Dancing to “This Is Going To Hurt,” she was mesmerizing.

The set was absolutely gorgeous and her choreography was fantastic.

MESL 3This show had a special guest dancer, Babypea.

Only Baby could make a morgue seem sexy. 😛

Her act had it all – set changes, a great costume, and amazing choreography.

Baby’s act marked the halfway point of the show.

Lady C took to the stage again, this time to delight us with a dance to the theme from “Halloween.”

I’m not a big fan of horror movies, but I’ve apparently missed out on some spectacular music.

MESL 7This act had spooky fog, scary lightning, and a fantastic backdrop.

This picture doesn’t do it justice, but I just love the backdrop she used for this set.

Sexy, gorgeous, and the definition of burlesque. 🙂

Following Lady C, Miss Bathory got set for her act, “Witch Queen of New Orleans.”

The set was fantastic, and the effects even more so.

MESL 4I love seeing dancers incorporate action/reaction effects into their sets, and she did this masterfully.

Lots of spooky magic, including some quick costume changes.

I can’t wait to see what these ladies dream up for the next show. 😀

Finally, it was time for the last act of the evening.

Put together by Lady C, we danced as a trio of witches.

I had an absolute blast dancing with these ladies and I can’t wait to do it again.

MESL 5Shows are once a month at the Main Event Show Lounge, on Saturdays at 5pm SLT.

The next show will be on November 21st.

Seating is limited, so arrive a little early. 🙂

See you in November!

Sinners Burlesque – The Bat Show

On Friday, the Sinners Burlesque troupe hosted a charity event for Bat World, part of the “The Truth About Bats & Avies” event run by SL Goth.

The show was spectacularly spooky, with, of course, lots of bats. 😀

Sinners Bat Show 1A trio of scary bat dancers opened the show.

I don’t usually set my lighting to midnight for shows, because I find it difficult to take pictures.

However, for this act, I must admit that the shot I took at midnight is better.

I love the silhouette of the dancers against the huge moon.

Very spooky, indeed!

Sinners Bat Show 2After the trio exited the stage, Aura took to the stage for a very informative and beautiful routine.

I had no idea how fragile bats can be.

Light pollution affects them, as does the use of pesticides.

Aura’s act was beautiful, but haunting.

Apropos for Halloween. 🙂

Sinners Bat Show 3Next up was Sanne, dancing on a rather scary looking bat.

I didn’t record the names of the songs they danced to, but they were all slow, spooky, and hauntingly gorgeous.

The glowing red eyes in the background was a nice touch.

After Sanne, Aura took to the stage again.

Sinners Bat Show 4This time it was more of a traditional Halloween set, with a bit of goth thrown in. 😀

After rising from her coffin, she danced, and then was mobbed by her flock of bats and vanished.

A cool effect. 😛

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In addition to events like these, they also do regular cabaret/burlesque shows.

A wonderful troupe with some amazingly creative dancers.

Noir Neverland Cabaret

Yesterday I was finally able to make it to a show at Noir Neverland Cabaret.

I tried to go to last week’s show, but RL interfered.

Noir 1When I arrived, there were only a few people there, but the theater filled up quickly.

The first act was Monavie Voight dancing to a Beyonce song.

The set was very pretty – lots of fluffy white clouds and a pond with swans paddling around.

A great start to the show and especially fun for me, since Monavie is one of my students at K&M. 🙂

The next dancer after Monavie was Maar.

I didn’t catch the name of the song, but it was a very sexy number.

Noir 2I managed to get a decent close up – something I find hard to do when the dancer is constantly in motion.

I love the horns and the makeup of this costume.

After Maar was done heating up the stage (and some of the men in the audience), it was time for a group dance.

I don’t remember which three dancers were onstage, but it was a number choreographed by Lillie Orfan.

The set was absolutely stunning.

One of my children loved the Avatar movie, so I’ve seen it a million times.

Noir 3(Okay, probably only 100 times, but it feels like a million.) 😀

I love the color scheme of the set, and the crazy animals.

The particle effects were terrific as well – adding to the feel of the scene rather than overpowering it.

After the group dance, Kyra and Cyan took to the stage for a duet.

Following their duet, Lillie returned to the stage for a solo routine.

Noir 4When I’m taking pictures, I can get distracted from paying attention to other details.

For instance, it wasn’t until after I snapped a pic of this set that I realized Lillie was dancing on a hand.

I was cammed in close to try and get a picture and I thought at first she was standing on a rock.

I told you I get distracted. 😛

Shows are every Wednesday at 5pm SLT.

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Blue Moon Annual Boobs Show

Now that I have your attention. 😛

BMBS 1Every year, Winnie (a cancer survivor), puts on a show and all the proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.

If you’ve never been to a show at Blue Moon, they have their own special flavor. 😀

They are a crazy lot, but I love them all bunches.

Unfortunately, cancer has hit more than just one of the crew, so the show has taken on even more meaning over the years.

This year, Winnie explained the history of the show to the capacity crowd.

After Winnie did her intro, Queenie was up first to entertain us.

And entertain us she did!

In such an – ahem – adult fashion that I can’t share my pics on this blog.

BMBS 2Rest assured, you missed an amazingly funny set.

It was Queenie’s first performance at Moons, and it was done in true Mooner style.

I believe the name of the song was ‘8 Miles Wide’ – I’ll let you look it for yourselves. 😀

Next up after Queenie was Sky Haramori, an SL comedienne as well as a cancer survivor.

She had some hilarious stories about her battle with cancer.

I am in awe of those who can find humor in such serious situations.

BMBS 3After Sky left us in stitches, ComCow did the intermission.

If you’ve never seen an intermission at Moons, you’re missing out.

I’m not sure I can describe it – it must be seen to be believed. 😛

Following ComCow was Beth, with a very information piece on Medical Misinformation.

She asked a series of questions regarding medical information ‘as seen on TV.’

It was a fun interactive bit, with a voting station for the audience and everything!

One lucky audience winner went home with a T-shirt prize.

(That’s what I was told, anyway – you never can tell with that sneaky lot!)

BMBS 4The theatre was as packed as I have ever seen it.

It’s always amazing to see how close knit the Moons community is.

The last act of the night was Winnie – or ‘Frankenwinnie’ as she’s known around this time of the year.

She dedicated her act to those who have fought cancer.

It was a lovely lyrical set (those are my favorite kind).

Decked out in pink (of course), she danced to one of my favorite songs – ‘This Woman’s Work’ by Kate Bush.

BMBS 5I first heard the song years ago in a movie, and it’s remained a favorite since.

If you came to the show, thank you for supporting Moons in it’s annual Boob show.

If you donated, thank you – from all of us who have had cancer touch our lives in some way.

I hope that someday we’ll talk about cancer like we do polio and smallpox.

Until then, I hope you and yours remain untouched by it.

Dancing Outside the Lines Graduation

Yesterday I was able to attend the graduation show for Dancing Outside the Lines.

I’m happy to see so many schools and classes popping up around the grid.

DotL 1Everyone learns differently and it’s nice to be able to have a selection of ways to learn when dealing with all the dance tools that have become the norm in SL dancing.

The show opened with a beautiful butterfly fairy number.

I didn’t catch the name of the song that was used, but it was a lovely instrumental piece.

DotL 2After the fairies, Annie (hostess at Winds of the Sahara) took to the stage.

Her dance was supposed to be a duet, but her partner had to drop out at the last minute.

Annie’s dance was a mix of ballet and hip-hop – my notes do not show the name of the song.

I’m a horrible note-taker when I’m trying to snap pics! 😛

The DotL school is for both Gorean and mainstream dancers, and the next act was Gorean-themed.

The set was lovely.

This dance also had emotes, as most Gorean dances do.

DotL 3After the beautiful kajira left the stage, two Gorean masters did a routine.

If I have deciphered my notes correctly, one of them did the set building and the other the choreography.

The final act of the show was a routine done by one of the instructors, Ayita.

The dance started out in front of a saloon and faded into an interior scene.

I think the name of the song was ‘5, 6, 7, 8.’

(My memory is terrible, and my handwriting is even worse!)

Following Ayita’s act, there was a group/audience dance, though I didn’t have time to stay for that.

DotL 5The next round of classes for DotL starts in November, though I believe most of the classes are already full.

If you want to stay updated, join the DotL group.

They are now also offering rentals for building spaces, if that’s of interest to you.

Out of the Shadows

Shadows 1Out of the Shadows is new venue for Shadows Silhouettes.

It’s a separate group, and it’s got a 20’s Prohibition-era speakeasy vibe.

You even have to say the secret password to gain entry into the venue!

Thursday I was able to attend one of their shows.

Shadows 4They had a special guest – The Pink Vampire, a live singer.

The show seemed very fast-paced, since the singer would be onstage while the dancers were setting up.

It helps to have something visually interesting on stage to keep the audience from getting restless. 😛

Paramount Theater does a good job of this with their ‘curtain-front’ routines.

The show was burlesque-themed (one of my favorites!) and there were some fantastic numbers.

Some of the sets were very minimal; in a few there really was no set, just dancers performing in front of the curtain.

There was a nice crowd for a Thursday, around 50 people when I checked.

Shadow herself was the first to take the stage – she’s all legs isn’t she? 😀

Shadows 2Vintage burlesque is fairly easy to do, but it’s not always easy to do well.

Shadow and her troupe did an excellent job.

After Shadow, Sho did a beautiful routine decked out in roses (and not much else!).

Next up after Sho was Aelva, doing a wonderful routine dancing in the rain.

Unfortunately, apparently I was so involved in camming around and trying to find the perfect angle, that I forgot to actually save any of the photos!


The next act was Rosie, in a fantastic white corset costume.

Another fan dance, I think it was my favorite number of the show.

Shadows 5After Rosie’s routine and another interlude by the Pink Vampire, it was time for the closing act, a group number.

Nothing like watching gorgeous ladies dance around in fabulous lingerie. 😀

I thoroughly enjoyed the show – Shadow and her troupe always do a fantastic job.

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Mesh Mess – A Lesson in Frustration

Mess MeshI’m a big fan of mesh.

I wear pretty much all mesh clothes, I own a mesh body, I have mesh hands and feet, and I own about 4 or 5 mesh heads.

I love how much prettier mesh is when I’m taking photos.

Since the advent of mesh, the question of whether or not to use it when dancing has been debated.

I’ve danced in mesh clothing before.

I’ve danced with mesh hands and feet before.

I have never danced with a mesh head or a mesh body.

I’ve heard complaints from others about watching shows where headless bodies were dancing, costumes didn’t rez, set pieces didn’t rez, etc.

Never having experienced these problems (other than the occasional SL glitch), I realized I kind of dismissed the issue.

*I* could see everything fine, so what’s the big deal?

It must be their computers, or their preferences, or whatever.

After a recent fiasco at a performance, I’m re-thinking my approach.


I attended a dance show where I knew it would be crowded.

I arrived about 30 minutes early to give myself (and my computer) time to cache everything prior to showtime.

When I arrived, I was immediately hit by a small bout of lag.

I began to make adjustments.

I lowered my graphics preferences (I usually run on Ultra).

I lowered my draw distance and particles.

I went into the advanced menu and began disabling things like sky, water, clouds, etc., that I wouldn’t need to render for the show.

The first number went okay, with only one dancer being sans hands for the entire routine.

I figured I had acted in time, and I would be able to enjoy the rest of the show.

Act Two

Mesh Mess 2The second act hit the stage, and out of 8 dancers, two of them remained stubbornly bald, naked, and without hands or feet.

I wish I understood why this happened – all 8 dancers were wearing the same costume.

6 rezzed, 2 did not.  ???

Feeling frustrated, I was going to try either tp’ing out and back, or relogging, to see if that would clear up whatever issue I was having.

Unfortunately for me, just as I was contemplating this, it was announced that access had been closed, and that if anyone left or crashed, you would be unable to get back in.

So that option was no longer available. 😦

I decided to try and tough it out, hoping that things would somehow fix themselves and I would be able to see.

Third Time’s a Charm?

Mesh Mess 3Sadly, no, it wasn’t.

Again, out of 8 or 10 dancers, the two main dancers appeared naked, bald, and missing appendages.

I don’t know if it was the same issue as the previous act, where everyone was wearing the same costume, or not.

But it’s very hard to enjoy a dance performance when literally half (or more) of the performer is missing/invisible.

Now, I know this issue is NOT the fault of the performers.

Most of them were simply wearing the costumes they were given and doing their jobs.

Mesh Mess 4(Note – some of the pictures may appear a bit pixellated due to their small size.  I tried to crop out as much extraneous information as possible in the pictures, because I am not trying to blame the dancers or the venue.)

In desperation, I de-rendered the entire audience, hoping that would help.

At this point, I was soooo frustrated.

I decided to stay for one more act.

It had already been almost an hour, and I knew that if the next act didn’t go well, there was no point in staying for the rest of the show.

What I saw (or rather, didn’t see) next, is what made me re-think my attitude towards mesh.

Mesh MessAs the curtain slooowly opened, I sighed.

Rather than getting better, it appeared my problems were getting worse.

The main dancer was nothing but a floating head.

I’m assuming she was wearing a mesh body.

I don’t know, because I couldn’t see it.

The gentlemen next to her had hands, thankfully, but no hair, and no lower half.


Time to call it a night. 😦


After having some time to reflect on things, my attitude towards mesh has changed a bit.

For photography, I will continue to wear mesh so I don’t have to spend hours faffing with photos to get rid of jagged edges and such.

For dancing – I’m still not sure, but I know that I will at least put more thought into how I create my routines after my experience.

Yes, mesh looks fabulous.

But does that matter if many in the audience can’t see it anyway?

I have seen dancers who wore mesh bodies and clothing and I had no issues.

However, I’m not sure it’s worth the risk, even if it’s only one or two people who have problems.

It’s easy to blame the audience members, or their computers, or their ISPs, or whatever.

I have a good computer, a high-speed direct cable connection, and I did a ton of things to reduce lag issues, some of which most casual users wouldn’t even know to do.

It’s also easy to blame SL, though I’m not certain that’s the issue either.

Could I have arrived earlier and avoided issues?


But 30 minutes has generally been a good window, and quite frankly, unless the show is a one-time event, it’s just not worth sitting somewhere for an hour waiting for the show to start.

I think perhaps it just boils down to your own personal approach.

While it would be amazing to put on a show where 100+ people came, if the end result is even one person having my experience, to me, it’s not worth it.

I would much rather limit the amount of people to ensure that everyone has a good experience.

I will probably continue to use mesh props and wear mesh costume pieces, but I doubt that I will ever dance in my mesh head and/or body.

Previous to this experience, I had been considering it.

Now, I’m not sure it’s worth the possible problems.

The Main Event Show Lounge- New Burlesque Venue

Yesterday I was able to attend the opening show of The Main Event Show Lounge, a new burlesque venue owned by Lady C.

There was a nice little crowd for a new venue.

Lady C 1The venue is billed as a ‘classy art-deco style getaway with a speakeasy atmosphere.’

The build is smaller than many venues, which helps it feel more intimate.

The opening act was Lady C herself, dancing to ‘A Night Like This.’

Most of the songs were burlesque favorites, like ‘Sway,’ ‘Fever,’ and ‘Harlem Nocturne.’

The sets were very well done and the some of the costumes were fantastic.

After Lady C, Miss Bathory took the stage for a Jessica Rabbit-themed act to ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’

Lady C 3The next act seemed to be a crowd favorite, with dancers Klarissa and Samantha.

I think there were more cat-calls during this act than I’ve heard at many construction sites. 😛

The guys were great sports about it and it was a very fun little number.

(That’s Klark in blue and Sam in pink, in case you were wondering.)

They danced to ‘Sisters’ by Bette Midler, and it looked like they were having a great time.

After the, ahem, sisters, left the stage, it was time again for Miss Bathory.

Lady C 4Dancing to Peggy Lee’s classic ‘Fever,’ she was resplendent in a fabulous red and gold costume.

I love the colors of this costume – a new spin on an old burlesque favorite, and it was fun to watch.

It’s always a challenge to try and get photos at a burlesque venue, because I have to get them quick, before pieces of the costumes disappear!

Following Miss Bathory, Lady C returned to the stage dancing to another burlesque favorite – Harlem Nocturne.

I’ve seen many dancers do this number, and I was expecting a black and white-themed act.

Lady C 5But no. 🙂

Instead it was red and white – and beautiful.

I love the giant rose and the huge ostrich feather fans of the set.

Lady C certainly does elegance and glamour well. 😀

The last act of the night was a duet dance with Lady C and Miss Bathory.

Lady C 6I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the show.

The sets were done well, the costumes were fabulous, and Lady C seems to have found a time slot on a Saturday that isn’t already filled with competing shows.

I’m not sure how often the venue will have shows, but if the opening was an indication of future events, I will definitely be adding it to my calendar!

Winds of the Sahara Cabaret Dance Show

Sunday night I found myself with a little bit of free time, so I headed over to Winds of the Sahara to see their weekly cabaret show.

WotSC 1The show opened with Jilley, Paul, and Wiz doing a techno number.

I liked the costumes for this act.

Ariel was up next with a hot little number to ‘Fever’ by Peggy Lee.

There was a fair bit of skin in the act, and I missed getting a pic before most of the costume was gone. :/

The next act seemed to go a bit haywire.

Devlin had a terrific tribal headhunter costume, but ended up dancing through a couple of walls and was offstage for a fair bit of the routine.

WotSC 3I wasn’t having any lag issues, but SL has been behaving oddly all week.

Things settled down for the next number, a trio of Lotta, Chrissy, and Ariel (I think).

I forgot to write down the name of the song for this one, darn it.

After Lotta and the girls, Queenie was up, channeling her inner Katy Perry.

The candy set for this one was adorable, complete with gummy bears and spinning lollipops.

The last act of the night was Chrissy, dancing to ‘Dear Ophelia’ by Abney Park, one of my favorite songs by them.

I think the lag monster reared its ugly head again during this act, because the sync of the dancers was off and I wasn’t able to get a pic while the ghostly pair was still onstage.

WotSC 5I did manage to get a snap of Chrissy and Amen, though. 😀

Winds does a show every Sunday at 5pm SLT.

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