A first-time dance-challenge event was held Sunday July 10th for mainstream dancers. (A similar event for GOR dance was held Saturday July 9th.) Bottom line...you have 4 hrs to create a routine from scratch. No recognizable sets allowed. The actual show, scheduled for 1:30pm SLT went on with only a few minutes delay....MUCH SHORTER DELAY than i expected under the gruelling circumstances. The LAG monster was even kind. Organizers were: Ayita, JJ, Maia, and Nalani with Gunner stepping\d in to DJ, even having had another appointment at the same time. So the challenge included: animations, sets, costumes, special fx, solos and groups. The list of performers were (in no particular order): Babypea, Kellan, Shadow Tarber, Diawa Bellic, Luna, Maia, & Ayita. Songs were selected at random. A song for each decade from 1950 to 2010. I loved the song selections. First hurdle was that MP was down and/or severely crippled for 2 out of the 3 hours. What timing! Second hurdle was that I also I heard notecards were not saving reliably. Whew! I visited all the build areas thru-out the 3 hrs as they were making them to pick up (steal) tricks. One thing I noticed was the popularity of texture-organizers so that will be 1st on my list to get if I don't already have one buried somewhere. Also it wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be...cool stuff happenened quickly in short spurts...then long periods of nothingness, not that its meant to be exciting for watchful eyes. It's meant to meet the end objective...that being putting a routine together in a short span of time. So there is a lot of 'thinking and creating and shopping and selecting' going on that is not visible. The final result was nothing less than amazing. I've seen less spectacular efforts that have had a week or more to prepare. Seemed, to me, as if people played to their personal strengths. It was touching. To be honest I expected A LOT MORE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES and longer DELAYS between sets. Totally blown away. I can only credit the experience of those involved, professionalism, attention to detai, and passion for the craft. FOUR things I came away with was ONE...how self-revealing it appeared to be for many. A few seemed to admit that they learned more about themselves. And to some, it was a humbling experience... TWO...how so many people I have admired over the years came together in 'same time and place' to make it happen... THREE ...how people participated from all the 3 major timezone areas. Real sacrifice from those who were doing it in their pajamas...or not...and FOUR...how it was FUN and non-competitive, no prizes....everyone had their own creative challenges to face. It was all about the process and self-rediscovery as well as seeing how peers perform under similar circumstances and supporting and cheering each other on. So rumor is some venues will be doing 2 shows daily now. (just kidding). Lat "Yummy" Lovenkraft
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