Winds of the Sahara Cabaret

On Sunday I had a chance to perform at Winds of the Sahara Cabaret.

It was their Veteran’s Day show, and there were some amazing acts.

Winds 1Jag was up first, with a fantastic number done to “The Warrior Song.”

A great set, complete with bullets flying from a plane overhead.

After Jag, it was Winnie’s turn to take the stage.

Winds 2Winnie is an amazingly creative dancer, and I love watching her performances.

Of course, I’m also a sucker for any kind of lyrical dance. 😀

Her tribute to fallen soldiers was beautiful, graceful, and quintessentially Winnie.

Winds 3Switching gears a bit, Devlin hit the stage with his performance of “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood.

I hadn’t heard this song before, but it was a fun, toe-tapping number.

The next act was Moni’s debut performance, a lovely couples number to “Into the Night” by Santana.

Winds 4Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to snap any pics of the number due to a RL distraction. 😦

After Moni, it was time for Ariel and crew to take the stage, dancing to a mix of songs from Rent.

I’m a huge fan of Broadway musicals and show tunes, and this was a very fun routine.

Winds 5Wrapping up the show was Queenie, dancing to “Children’s Crusade.”

This was another lovely routine, starting out in the trenches and fading into a lovely field of beautiful poppies.

I had a fantastic time dancing and it was fun to enjoy the creativity and hard work of the other performers.

Winds has shows every Sunday at 5pm SLT, so join their group to stay updated on the latest happenings.

Winds of the Sahara Cabaret

I’m a little later with this post than I’d like to be, but in my defense, there were a LOT of shows this weekend. 😛

WotSC 1On Sunday I went to the Winds show.

Honestly, I think I’m Halloween-ed out.

I’m not even planning on handing out candy this year. :-/

My kids will be gone, so hubby and I are just planning a quiet evening at home.

Anyhoo, Selene kicked off the show at Winds, with a routine to Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance.’

WotSC 2After Selene cleared the skeletons off the stage, it was Winnie’s turn.

I enjoyed this routine a lot.

It started out with just Winnie dancing on the music box, then it split and it was a mirror image – Winnie and Queenie.

I’ve seen quite a few ‘music box dancer’ routines, and this one was a unique take on it.

Once the dancers were safely back in their boxes, Devlin took to the stage.

WotSC 3The set was full of fire, smoke, lava, and, of course, skeletons. 😛

I don’t remember what song he danced to (I should really take better notes!), but he was certainly a hit with the audience.

After waiting a few minutes for all the smoke to clear, it was time for one of my favorite acts of the night.

The set had a colorful retro/60’s vibe, and a lone coffin graced the stage.

Not sure what to expect, I waited.

WotSC 4Path popped out of the coffin – a skeleton dressed in a suit.

With laser beams coming out of his eyes, he boogied all over the stage, eventually losing the suit.

It was a fun routine.

Though I got a picture of the last act, I have to confess I have no idea what it was about.

I got called away in RL, and came back just as the act was finishing.

WotSC 5I’m sorry I missed it, because the set looks amazing.

Perhaps Queenie will perform it again somewhere.

After Queenie, it was Lotta’s turn.

More skeletons, but at least I hadn’t seen any icky spiders yet. 😛

It was fun watching Path (as the skeleton) dance around in various places.

WotSC 6He started out on top of the stair railing, then moved to the ceiling, and then eventually in sync with Lotta.

Kismet was up next, and I’m always excited to see her routines.

The curtains opened and – yikes!

A giant spider.


WotSC 7I should have known I wouldn’t make it through a Halloween show with no spiders.

I must say, however, she was one of the sexiest spiders I’ve ever seen. 😀

A great set build, an amazing costume, and lots of cool particle effects.

And then, just like that, it was time for the last act of the show.

The cast danced to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

WotSC 8The set was terrific, and I loved how some of the dancers appeared to climb up out of the earth at the beginning.

There were some really great costumes in this act as well.

If you haven’t seen a show at Winds, you should make some time to go.

Join their group to stay updated on happenings, but there are regular shows every Sunday at 5pm SLT.

Interview with a Dancer #2 – Cyllene

There are so many wonderful performers in SL, it was hard to choose which dancers to interview first!  I have quite a list going, but if you’d like to be interviewed, please let me know.

Like Nancy Toocool, this next dancer is one who continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible in SL.  She is known for her dynamic sets and for her attention to detail.  For Interview with a Dancer #2 – please welcome Cyllene!

Cyllene Profile Picture 2014




SL Name:  chrissy.rhiano
Display Name: Cyllene
Rez Day: 12/24/2007
Location: Ohio



What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
CR:  Watching Slappy Doobie perform and wanting to see if I could do what she did.

How long have you been dancing?
CR:  About a year.

Where do you dance?
CR: My home theater is Winds of the Sahara Cabaret.  I also dance with the Elysium Cabaret, A&M MOCAP Maniacs, and The Velvet Vixens.

How much time, on average, do you spend in SL each week?
CR: I try to spend at least a few hours each day in the evenings.

Of that time, how much (%) is spent working on dances/performances?
CR: I would say 30-50%. (Though Rebecca would say it is more like 90%!)

How long does it take you to create a set (start to finish)?
CR:  It depends really.  If you have seen my sets, you know I put lots of details into them.  I think I generally spend 10 hrs on the set build, 2 hrs picking costumes, 2 hrs picking dances and writing my macros and 2 hrs on movers(depending on how many I have for that set).  So long story short, I spend about 15-17 hrs on each set.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.
CR:  There are so many.  I love A&M, I really like MyANIMATION and Henmations, but what I love to do is find dances from the lesser known stores to be a little different. (You can only see the *Pasha dance so many times til it seems old).  So I use a lot of Studio4D, 3FX, TIS and Animazoo in my sets.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for non-dance anims.
CR:  Abranimations.

What dance HUD do your primarily use?
CR:  I use the Barre dance HUD.

Do you use a movement system?
CR:  Yep, religiously.  You can see me using SpotOn in all my sets.  : )

Do you use other HUDs?  What are they?
CR:  Lots of lighting and effects HUDs (mostly TIS, URW and GCD).

Do you build your own sets or work with a scripter/builder?
CR:  I build my own sets.  I do a little scripting but sometimes get help from people more knowledgeable than me.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about dancing?
CR:  Don’t overwork yourself or it will get to a point where this feels like a job rather than a passion.

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
CR: Yes, when it adds something to the performance.  When I do emote I try to keep them short and to the point.  I tell other performers that any time spent reading emotes is time spent not watching the performance.

Where do you find your music?
CR:  All over. I am a music freak and listen pretty much all day.  Mostly local radio, but I do visit some websites for new and upcoming artists that have helped me lots.

Do you make your own mixes? If yes, where do you find your music and sound effects?
CR: I do make my own mixes.  I find most of my sound effects on Youtube and mix them with Audacity.

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?
CR:  It really depends on the song and the story.  I try to tell a story in my sets so size really depends on that.  I use effects, particles, and lighting but I try to always keep it to a minimum.  I don’t want it to take away from the performance, just enhance it.  I use fades and movers all the time (maybe a little too much).  I think scene changes and movement keeps peoples’ interest in the performance.

What’s your favorite store for costuming?
CR: I have so many stores.  I generally look for keywords on the marketplace and go from there.  Like many other performers, I love Graves, but there are many other stores I shop at way too much, such as League, Deviance, and Gizza.

Do you ever consider how an audience member’s computer setup might affect their enjoyment of your performance? (ie – particles, effects, lag, etc.)  Why or why not?
CR:  Absolutely.  I assume they have the standard set up with no advanced graphics.  Audience members that don’t have advanced lighting enabled can only render 6 lights at a time so I prefer to use primlights rather than effects or else you get dark spots in your set if anyone has their environment set to midnight.

Do you have a blog/SL group/website/flickr/facebook/other account you’d like to share?
CR: Of course!


What’s the best comment/compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
CR: Sadly, I usually remember the bad comments longer.  Don’t get me wrong though, I have received lovely comments from many many audience members and they are much appreciated : )

What’s the one thing you’d like to see in SL related to dancing? (Something that isn’t currently possible).
CR: I would love to see viewable media that can be added to sets which does not require the media to be activated. (No clue how that would work, but I have some great ideas for movie screens and TV’s playing in my performances.)

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give to someone new to dancing in SL?
CR: Do it for the right reasons; not to make money or to impress someone.  Do it for yourself and make sure it is something you are passionate about or else you will quickly burn out.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?
CR: Wherever Rebecca Dembo is.

And there you have it – Interview with a Dancer #2.  A big thank you to Cyllene for participating in this series!  If you’d like to see one of her performances, you can catch the regular weekly show at Winds of the Sahara Cabaret at 5pm SLT on Sundays.  They are having a special Anniversary show on 4/13, so check it out!

Weekend Entertainment

As usual, there are lots of dance shows on the weekend.  I don’t have enough time to go to all of them, so it’s always hard trying to decide which ones to go to.

This weekend, Elysium Cabaret has their weekly show at 6pm.  Then there’s Guerilla Burlesque at midnight.  I’ve been to a couple of shows, but the time makes it difficult for me to attend.  However, if you’re generally in-world at that time, it’s a ‘don’t miss’ show!

On Saturday, the Fusion Dance Crew is putting on a new show called ‘SeXXXalicious.’

FDC SeXXXalicious Show 3.28.2014

If you’re offended by nudity, don’t attend, but Felicia and her crew always put on a good show.

There’s also usually a show at Blue Moons at 2:30pm SLT on Saturday.  If you prefer evening entertainment, the Moulin Rouge Revue does a weekly show at 7pm.

If you’re up early on Sunday, catch the club IMAGE show at 6am.  If you’d rather sleep in, at 5pm you can catch the latest Winds of the Sahara Cabaret show (check out their new blog here, with some sneak peeks of acts) and KiKi’s House of Burlesque does a regular show on Sundays at 6pm.

Whew!  That’s a lot of dancing!

See you on the grid!