Dance Experiment Video

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In some previous post threads, I asked the question whether dance in SL is a form of art.  Out of those conversations, an idea for a dance experiment was born.

Give dancers the opportunity to create a routine, but require that each dancer use the same song.  A number of dancers volunteered for the experiment.  They were/are free to create anything they wanted, as long as they used the song I chose.

They could build a set (or not), they could emote (or not), they could use effects (or not) – all creative choices left up to them, except for the music.  I think it will be very interesting to see what happens.  🙂

To the dancers who volunteered, thank you!

The first video is from Sarah Elisabeth Brenham, who has been interviewed on the blog.  The video is embedded, but if it doesn’t show for you, simply click on the link below.

Sarah Elisabeth Brenham – Dance Experiment

Keep watching for more videos from this experiment.  🙂

Interview with a Dancer #10 – Sarah Elisebeth Brenham

This next dancer has been dancing for quite a while.  She dances at various venues, she is a budding choreographer, and she’s one of the sweetest people on the grid.  Welcome, Sarah!

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SL Name:  sarahelisebeth Brenham
Display Name:  Sarah Elisebeth Brenham
Rez Day: 09/08/2006





What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
SEB: I actually don’t remember, but i got into choreography when i was forced to do a dance for someone

How long have you been dancing?
SEB: Many years.

Where do you dance?
SEB:  The Starlite Theater, The Night Theater and various competitions and exhibitions.

How much time, on average, do you spend in SL each week?
SEB:  About ninety-six hours.

Of that time, how much (%) is spent working on dances/performances?
SEB:  Maybe fifteen percent.

How long does it take you to create a set (start to finish)?
SEB:  Maybe a day.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.

What dance HUD do you primarily use?  Why?
SEB:  Right now I’m using a HUD that I got from a dance troupe I was in previously, and the SpotOn Performance Directors HUD.  The HUD I got from the group I was in is so easy to use. The Performance Directors HUD, I was advised to use.

Do you use a movement system?  Which one?  Is there a reason you prefer one over the other?
SEB:  Yes, Spot On Choreography Design. It was suggested that I learn this.

Do you build your own sets or work with a scripter/builder?
SEB:  I work with builders.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about dancing?
SEB:  As long you love your dance, nobody else’s opinion’s matters.

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
SEB:  Yes. I enjoy telling stories.

Where do you find your music?
SEB:  YouTube.

What are your preferences when it comes to dance performances?  – Large/small sets; particles/none; effects/none; faders/none; emotes/none; movers/none; lighting/none;
SEB:  Depends on my mood.

What’s your favorite store for costuming?
SEB:  Too many to list.

Is there a particular artist (in SL or RL) that inspires you?
SEB:  Again, too many to list.

What’s the most embarrassing or frustrating thing that has happened to you during a performance?
SEB:  I forgot to cache my dances.

Do you ever consider how an audience member’s computer setup might affect their enjoyment of your performance?  (ie. – particles, effects, lag, etc.)
SEB:  Yes.

What’s the best comment/compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
SEB:  That they love my work.

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give someone new to dancing in SL?
SEB:  Love what you do.

How long do you think a show should be in SL?  Is there an ‘optimum’ max length?
SEB:  Two hours.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?
SEB:  The Arbor.

What is one thing you’d like to see ‘arrive’ in SL dance?  (Something that is not currently possible.) 
SEB: Better couple dances.

Do you have a blog/website/flickr/facebook/other account you’d like to share?
SEB: My fashion blog: SohhhSarah   My dancing blog: Dancing Submissive   My Flickr: Sarah Elisebeth Brenham   My Facebook:   Sarahelisebeth Brenham

A big thank you to Sarah for participating in my ‘Interview with a Dancer’ series!