Monday, October 29, 2018

Let's Dance Education Classes

We are pleased to announce that Dance Queens will be offering education classes about all aspects of dance in SL. Classes are to be run by Elayn and sometimes with another educator for added support.

*Classes will be conducted in voice (in English) as long as SL permits. You don't have to speak, but please be prepared to listen. You may use typed chat if you prefer. Prerequisites for this class are an open mind and a sense of humor. You do not need to own any 'equipment' for some classes but if expected, the tools needed are listed. Class is scheduled for one hour but the instructor will make herself available for another hour to answer individual questions or entertain discussion.

Tues Nov 6 2018  4 - 5 class, 5-6 available
1. So You Think You Can Dance?
    For anyone who has seen performance dance in SL and wonders what it takes to be a Dancer, Choreographer, Director/Producer. What is actually happening up there on stage! What does it take to create the experience that the audience sees? What does it cost to start and what do I gain from the experience? Money? Fame? A messy inventory? Why do people do this at all?
 Responsible Dancers and Responsible Dance Leadership
 Don't dancers just stand on a mover and ride? Do I actually have to DO anything? Are dancers really that important? As a dance leader/choreographer, I'm the boss, right? What do my dancers expect from me? What do producer/directors expect from me? What do my dance troupe mates expect from me? What does the AUDIENCE expect from me? Where's my MONEY/FAME/GLORY!? Dance acts are a group effort even if you are a solo dancer. Let's discuss what will be expected of each of us to make a whole wonderful act come together smoothly so that the best reward is to have FUN!

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Tues Nov 13 2018 4 - 5 class, 5-6 available
2. Oh the things you can do with a Prim!
Basic Building Skills for Dancers and Choreographers. BASICS.. this is a review or introduction to Basics!
  • How to rez, move, size, re-size, link, insert scripts, texture, manipulate and just basically play with prims
  • The basics of how to create particles, that's right particles with nothing but your bare hands!
  • Lag and scripts. What they are. What they are not. How to reduce them!
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Tues Nov 20 2018 4 - 5 class, 5-6 available    
3. Spot On: Smooth Dancer
    Learn to use the Smooth Dancer to animate yourself or a group. Learn to load, record dances, edit the note card and push around your friends! Please have a good understanding of basic prim editing such as rezzing, editing, and moving files in inventory. You should already own the Smooth Dancer HUD before class.  https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Spot-On-Smooth-Dancer/6307400

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Tues Nov 27 2018 4 - 5 class, 5-6 available
4. Spot On: Choreo Designer
    Learn to create a basic movement route, manage notecards within the movers and incorporate movers with a dance hud like Smooth Dancer or Performance Director. You should already own the Choreography Designer system before class. https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Spot-On-Choreography-Design-System/4304492

Please join us if these topics have piqued your interest, whether as a new dancer, an interested dancer or a refresher class.

Classes held HERE 



19 comments:

  1. Could we have the qualifications and experience of the Tutors who will be teaching the "new" Education classes please? Thank you

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  2. As if that was necessary? Want to judge for yourself, come to a class Klark, all are encouraged. This isn't the first time Dance Queens has had classes, probably wont be the last. If this is an attempt at drama like the Showcase shows open to everyone and then no sign up, please save it. Thanks.

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  3. I have no idea what showcase shows you are speaking about Web, please enlighten me? I asked a civil question that any student needs to ask, what qualifies anyone to teach anything in SL? and YES it is very necessary to know that what is being taught is well planned and presented with a variety of learning styles, the psychology of teaching in a virtual world is really important as it is so easy to deter or kill someones passion for dance by inappropriate methods or attitudes, as we have seen most clearly already within the Dance Community. and to my knowledge it is the first time Dance Queens has opened a scholl of Dance to the Community specifically under its own umbrella, so i and many others would like to know the teaching qualifications and technical and teaching experience of the tutors you appoint or are already in situ please? many thanks

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  4. that be "school" maybe we need a few typing classes available too : )

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  5. Also how does anyone register for a class? That too would be helpful so i can refer JAPA students to other suitable class times, if i feel the classes are appropriately managed and have value. If by open showcase you are referring to our December program event "open stage" There is more information on that at our Academy if anyone shows any interest. We have some new things planned for 2019, and will be published in my final submission to Dance Queens for our 2019 Program of Events. I say final because i have lost some faith in the group, i find it prejudice, selective and its posting "rules" are at times ridiculous. As i will probably now be banned from any postings here i say a fond fare thee well to all dance colleagues, and always remember, ask ask ask, and never accept that ANYONE actually is qualified to do the jobs they decide would be great to take on, most people have little experience in managing anything, and it becomes obvious at the cost of developing great dance performers. said my bit. Salute!

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  6. I too was taken aback to see that Dance Queens has now opened a school of dance under the Dance Queens name. This lends immediate credibility to any instructors who teach there, independent of their experience, and also implies an elevated preference for this school because Dance Queens is known as the central resource for the Dance Community.
    There are several INDEPENDENT instructors and learning centers, such as my own Harleyquin Learning Center, which I’ve built from the ground up with passion, determination, sweat, tears, and my own lindens.
    I support Dance Queens welcoming guest instructors on various topics, but I disagree that Dance Queens should offer its own School of Dance. To me, this implies that Dance Queens is not independent and non-biased.
    Yes I do post on Dance Queens as a blogger, but every post includes this statement:
    Disclaimer: The author of this article wishes to point out, in case it was not already embarrassingly, ridiculously obvious, that the opinions expressed belong solely to the author and they do not represent in any way those of Dance Queens, Dance Queens members, any affiliations, friends, non-friends, the guy in the 3rd row, or management. If you must..Eva Harley bio: https://harleyquinadventure.com/eva-harley-bio/
    As I state on my own blog and in every workshop I teach:
    As a seasoned and passionate dancer in SL, I freely share and support others in their own dance journeys. My beliefs: question everything, learn from everything, take from it what you will and do it your own way. Have many teachers, no one is a master, no one knows “THE WAY”. I teach based on what I know – my own foundation, what I have learned, my own ways – but they are not the only ways. Enjoy the ride, speak from the soul and create art with your dance. We are all always learning, always growing. Release the music from within…your way. ~ Eva
    For all new to the dance world or on a never-ending path of growth and learning: QUESTION EVERYTHING.

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  7. First, the cattiness is astounding. Shame on you. Second I think the only reply necessary is two-fold... to say this is not a "school" and never promoted as one, but some classes to share information, and the Dance Queens mission statement says the rest.
    Dance Queens is a volunteer co-operative that unites, informs, and fosters education across the dance community in Second Life. We provide positive reinforcement that encourages individuals and dance troupes to perform art that conveys emotion through dance and music.

    We offer a calendar of daily events, publish a blog that shares dance news and educational information, and run fun and lively events to unite the community. Our volunteer staff helps foster the Dance Queens mission by providing support and information through our group chat channel. We strive to provide cohesion and a sense of community to all dancers and choreographers across the grid, without discrimination or rank, as we all have a common goal: to enjoy the expression of dance.

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  8. Well I don't think anyone is claiming to be the be all/end all of anything, I think it is just a matter of someone who is inspired to share what they have learned with others who want to learn. Dance Queens has offered classes before, and ZZ was always keen to offer them but had a hard time finding people to teach. I have taught and hosted classes in the past through Dance Queens. That is one of the things we try to do, we try to help others and share knowledge with one another. Share tips and tricks, always knowing there are other ways and this is not the only way, it is just an option. I think it is important that Dance Queens offers a variety of classes and workshops in dance. Sharing ideas, styles and methods is a benevolent thing and helps to foster a bonding in the dance community. So I heartily applaud these classes. I could not imagine discouraging the sharing of knowledge.

    Oh this is Babypea... I think it calls me Unknown usually.

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  9. Anyone hating/judging on the concept of any instruction given by this group is obviously jealous and or butt hurt that they weren't chosen. I can back elayn because I work closely with her and am very proud to see her able to share her knowledge and creativity with a group of talented performers. Haters gonna hate. Keep dancing! <3 Eostri

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  10. Considering the original comment was just asking about Elayn's experience and was responded to with nothing but a hostile attitude and vitriol, I feel like maybe not just Klark and Eva ought to check their "jealous" and "butthurt" gauges. Really, maybe some of us need to also check our "unprofessional" ones, too. Then again, it's been a while since DQ lost any claim it had on being nonbiased, impartial, and fair, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised about any of this. But that's just my 2L. :)

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  11. I'm not aware of any accreditation in SL for dance, just some doing it longer. Dance is not a competition and any knowledge should be shared for different perspectives on how to better the performance for yourself and the audience, we are only in competition with ourselves, as it should be. Elayn is not new to dance and that therefore is enough. And as for Dance Queens, I believe you are wrong and I couldn't be more impartial nor professional, even amid the haters. The people involved are the ones interested and those not interested are free to leave at any time. We provide a service, free of charge or bias. I cant change anyone's perspective, that is their own. As for a slam on rules, I didn't create them and there are only two that I know of besides to be respectful of others, post once within the hour of your show and that covers not double posting. It all comes across so personal and it shouldn't be, I don't allow my personal feelings for anyone cloud the services DQ provides, no one else should let theirs break all over something not even started yet, so I find this whole thread disturbing at the very least. However everyone is free to their opinions and to share them respectfully.

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  12. What i find disturbing is this chat opened with Klark asking a valid question that EVERYONE SHOULD be asking when going into a learning situation with someone, no matter who the teacher may be, someones learning experience is important, and i'm sorry but just 'not being new to dance' isn't enough. I personally have seen incorrect information given out in the Spot on group by multiple people and you have a very long list of classes being offered,so i do not think it is unreasonable for someone to ask about someone else's experience and knowledge concerning an educational matter.
    As far as saying everyone is entitled to their own opinion on things, Eva shared her opinion, and was then accused of being jealous and butt hurt, the only people i can see in this chat that have said anything catty are the people trying 'defend' DQ ...all that was in here was a question and an opinion, and suddenly words like 'Butt hurt', 'jealous' and 'haters' is being thrown around...Can people honestly not have a grown up conversation any more without turning it into an 'us' and 'them' situation? What happened to the dance COMMUNITY?? Immy is right its not professional at all... smh

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    1. This comment was posted by me, there was no removed comment i just wanted to add my name with it

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  13. Yet Klark was very aware of Elayn, as was Eva and classes offered before were chastised before starting as well but Delaney, I'm sorry you would have to have known that previously. So to me it was an attempt to swing at a new opportunity revamped at Dance Queens and again sorry but the haters have been there and very present since I took over, very vocal before I even did a thing and slamming at every turn, I guess if there seems defensiveness it is because anything Ive done for the DQ community is always met with offensiveness by a select few Delaney but again you'd have to be aware of that to be in proper judgement. Feel free to message me privately for a run down if you'd like. :)

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    1. Web honestly i am sad for the dance community right now and i don't want to get into situations of name calling and back and forth silliness with anyone, there is a place for everyone and everything they have to offer, but i have known Klark a long time and as far as i'm aware he knows nothing about Elayn personally, and what her experiences are, as a lot of us don't. I spend a lot of time in my teaching capacity fixing wrong information people have been given, so i will always support anyone questioning where their learning is coming from, even people learning from me. Communication between us all in somewhere like SL is important but all i see happening over and over are conversations turned into back and forth sniping, and honestly? I dont get it.

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  14. Stop it... Just Stop it... I sat here and read all of this... every single post back and forth.. all of you are my friends.. well most of you... For shame! On each and every one of you! You are all talented dancers. And yet here you are bitching and griping over who has the right to teach people like me who doesn't favor one or the other over knowledge? Seriously? Knowledge that I would be simply grateful for? The intelligence and the chance to learn from all of you? GROW UP! Remember what you do is beautiful and start to remember this because this right now just makes me want to cry and honestly makes me ashamed!

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  15. By the way for those who don't know this was Brittainy Collins!

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  16. Why the need to be so hurtful? We are dancers, in SL, knowledge gives us the ability to do more, be better at what we do. Drawing knowledge from other dancers strengths is a positive for our craft. There is no one way to do the things we do, knowing other ways of doing things is to our advantage. Hopefully everyone will walk away with something they did not already know. What is so wrong with us wanting to help each other? We need to take a step back and look at the positives and stop slinging mud. Be constructive, be helpful, care for one another...it isn't 'Dancing with the Stars'. We are a community, let's behave like it.

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