Top 5 Animation Stores

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A week or so ago I asked readers to vote for their favorite animation store.

As a dancer, I think I’ve shopped at pretty much every animation store in SL. 😀

I collect poses, because you never know which one will be the perfect one to use in a routine, and AO stores can be a treasure trove for transition animations.

I try to keep a (somewhat) updated spreadsheet of some of the dance/pose stores I frequent here.

The spreadsheet has the more current information, because many of the store blogs are not updated frequently.

Poses and AO’s aside, I wanted to stick with dance animation stores.

I have my own personal favorites, of course, but I wanted to see what stores others liked.


There was a 3-way tie for 3, 4, and 5.

Akeyo, Henmations, and Humanoid all tied with 9% of the votes.

I actually thought Humanoid would score higher, because their animations are very popular with club dancers.

Akeyo is more of an AO store, but they do have a nice selection of dance animations.

(Side note: If you are going to purchase animations, I highly suggest buying copy versions.  All too often SL will ‘eat’ inventory and then you are just out of luck – and $L.)

Henmations used to be one of my favorite stores, but it has been quite some time since they put out new dances.

However, they do have a bulk discount, so if you use their ‘shopping cart’ HUD, you can get a discount on your purchase, depending on how much you spend.

Coming in at #2 (18%) was perennial favorite A&M Mocap.

A&M has long had some of the best mocap dance animations in SL.

They have a huge selection of various styles of dance, including couples dances and chair/pole dances.

A&M also puts out ‘fad’ dances, like the Cupid Shuffle, Gangnam Style, and the like.

They do put out new dances, but not nearly as often as I want.

Also, dances at A&M are a bit pricier than other dance stores – a copy version of a dance generally runs around $400L.

The #1 dance animation store, with 54% of the votes, was . . .


Personally, I love Abranimations.

They have a pretty large selection of dances, and they are very reasonably priced.

Single copy dances at Abranimations generally cost around $150L.

They are also one of the only dance stores to put out new content on a fairly regular basis.

One of the other nice things at Abranimations is that when you buy dances in packs, you receive ‘mirrored’ versions of the dances.

These are very nice to use when doing a routine where you have multiple dancers.

If you are looking for inexpensive dances, Abranimations offers a ‘Daily Dance Special’ where one of the dances in the store is available for a day at only $45L.

A pretty good deal if you’re short on L$!


I wasn’t really surprised that Abranimations  was the #1 choice – they are inexpensive, good quality, and fairly regularly put out new stuff.

That said, I have to wonder what’s going on with dance makers.

As I said above, I keep a spreadsheet of animation stores that I try to keep updated, both for my own benefit and yours. 😀

After spending a couple of hours tp’ing around SL a few days ago, I found that none of the dance makers have put out any new dances.

It’s been months since Abranimations or A&M put out anything, and more like years since there has been anything new from places like Sine Wave or Animazoo.

What gives?

Have we finally hit the wall for new dance animations?

Are dance makers waiting to see what happens with Project Sansar?

Or am I just missing out on new stores/dances?

Quick Poll – Favorite Dance Animation Store

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If you’re a performance dancer, what is your favorite animation store?

Imagine you could only shop at one store from now on – which one would it be?

I’ve listed as many as I can remember – feel free to write-in if I forgot your favorite. 😀

Question of the Day #7 – Post Show Experience

Yesterday’s question of the day asked for your preference when it comes to special FX – particles, lights, moving set pieces, fading sets, etc.  Most of you felt that any/all of it was good.

Today I want to ask about post-show options.  There are a few places around the grid that have post-show activities – whether it’s a social mixer, an audience participation dance, or what have you.  When you attend a dance show, do you like having a post-show option?  If so, what is your top choice?  Voice your opinion in the poll below.


Don’t forget to send the link to your friends and ask them to vote!

Enjoy your Sunday, everyone. 😀

Question of the Day #6 – Special Effects

Yesterday’s question was about preferences for solo vs. group dances.  Not surprisingly, most people voted that they like a mix of solo and group routines.  So that makes me 1 for 5!  Yay me!

Today, I want to hear about your preferences for special effects – all those little things that can add just that extra little ‘something’ to a routine.  What do you like?  What do you hate?


Don’t forget to send your friends to vote!


Question of the Day #1

Okay, so I was supposed to post the first QOTD yesterday.  Darn RL got in the way, and I ran out of time.  But never fear – here it is!!

For the first QOTD, I want to start with a question about your perspective as an audience member.  There are some long-running disputes over what’s the ‘best’ way to do certain things in a dance performance.  I personally think the answers will be all over the place, but let’s see, shall we?

Remember to answer today’s question as if you were an audience member, not a dancer/performer, or venue owner.  If there were 3 dance shows you could attend, would any of the following affect your decision in picking one to attend?


I’m really curious to see your answers, and I’d also like to see a good sampling of people – so send your friends the link to this page, and ask them to take a quick minute to answer the QOTD.

Enjoy your Monday!