Thursday, October 30, 2014

Getting Great Ideas!

What a great idea!

Great ideas, I've realized are what separates good shows from great shows. I am willing to bet that of all the times spent on shows: choreo, song selection, set building, costume selection, rehearsing, special fx, emoting..that less time is spent on thinking up a good idea than any of the above. And yet, great ideas are what has the greatest impact on what I come away with. What makes a performance stick in my mind? What makes it memorable?

We've heard from Baby's popular post (Feeling uninspired? Need some ideas?offering ideas on how to get ideas, and an arousing trail of 9 comments to Kat's blog on Is Dance in SL Art?

I saw a recent show that really impressed me and made me rethink what makes good shows. I am now thinking that more than "payoffs", packaged tricks you can do, that what truly separates the good from the great is "fresh ideas". 

Not a big stage. A troupe of 3. Not glitz. Even lightly attended. No pre-show hype. Didn't say they were the 'best'. No Las Vegas glitz. Just great song selection, great dance selections, an approach that made you cock your head and go whoa. Sometimes you see a big production and go ...'just ok', and wonder why its packed, and then on occasion see 'a little show, lightly attended and go...ok this feels awkward...this theater should be packed. I dunno. I dunno. What the heck do I know?

It was just different. Not your typical Halloween show and its easy to get into the "rut of dancing at gravesites". Yep I even had a routine where I thoughtI was cool doing my Thriller dance on a grave about innovation...NOT duh!.  

And of course those types of great shows make you go shuffling back to your drawing board in your basement scratching your head asking yourself, "Why can't i create like that? And swearing your next creation WILL be as note-worthy. 

There is more to it than the trite formulaic offering that I proposed way back 'razzle dazzle them', 

Razzle dazzle 'em
And they;ll never catch wise!
Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Give 'em a show that's so splendiferous
Row after row will grow vociferous
Give 'em the old flim flam flummox
Fool and fracture 'em
How can they hear the truth above the roar

Chicago The Musical 

...all though i do believe some honest razz-a-dazz is a component of the 'all of it'.

But I am now more influenced by an article from Issac Asimov How Do People Get New Ideas?

What seems important is that conditions be "intentionaly" provided such that we have a hugely improved chance of "getting new ideas".

Here are some key excerpted points that took away from this article:

I propose increasing your knowledge of the subject matter,if you are not already a subject matter expert. Maybe do some extra research on "it" and add a new spin on an old record, based on what he says here...

"the person who is most likely to get new ideas is a person of good background in the field of interest and one who is unconventional in his habits. (To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.)" 

I am wagering that, like he suggests below, you will have best success if your efforts on 'the idea' be devoloped in "isolotion". Walk alone.

"Do you want to bring them together so that they may discuss the problem mutually, or should you inform each of the problem and allow them to work in isolation?"

"My feeling is that as far as creativity is concerned, isolation is required. The creative person is, in any case, continually working at it. His mind is shuffling his information at all times, even when he is not conscious of it." 

"The presence of others can only inhibit this process, since creation is embarrassing. For every new good idea you have, there are a hundred, ten thousand foolish ones, which you naturally do not care to display."

Now what he states below is something I presumed and has been at the core of my works over the past 4 years. Offering people interconnecting 'blocks' to allow them to find associations and combinations to create anew from old. And people can combine each others combinations into even new combinations. 

"Furthermore, the information may not only be of individual items A and B, but even of combinations such as A-B, which in themselves are not significant. However, if one person mentions the unusual combination of A-B and another unusual combination A-C, it may well be that the combination A-B-C, which neither has thought of separately, may yield an answer."

Yes. take the time to state the facts, including the obvious. Then brainstorm associations and combinations without fear of ridicule. 
"It seems to me then that the purpose of cerebration sessions is not to think up new ideas but to educate the participants in facts and fact-combinations, in theories and vagrant thoughts."

I think the most important part of this new approach is state-of-mind. It must be loose, carefree, of reckless abandon, frivolous, cantankerous, free-spirited, freely-associating, non-nonsensical, Alice-In-Wonderland-ish. While not promoting it, I wouldn't be surprised if many of the great creations have come while someone was 'under the influence', legal-or-not, of god knows what.
"should be a feeling of informality. Joviality, the use of first names, joking, relaxed kidding are, I think, of the essence—not in themselves, but because they encourage a willingness to be involved in the folly of creativeness." 
Repeating, the best way to avoid disapproval is to work alone. But if the choice is to collaborate then the rules-of-engagement should state that anything goes. Time-out on critiquing. No thought-stopping negatives. Let the process play out. No saying 'that wont work because' or 'we know that will never happen', as that idea that seems idiotic to you may be just a stepping stone to the 'real great idea coming up subsequently.

 "there must be ease, relaxation, and a general sense of permissiveness. The world in general disapproves of creativity, and to be creative in public is particularly bad. Even to speculate in public is rather worrisome. The individuals must, therefore, have the feeling that the others won’t object".

Maybe even being intent on being outlandish, the edges of a twilight zone. Force yourself to be crazy, off-center, if that is NOT your normal comfort zone. Try and make others laugh if that's what it takes to 'sound foolish' as he says below.

"all people at a session be willing to sound foolish and listen to others sound foolish."

If one person is dominating a group cerebration and you feel stifled then i suggest you politely dismiss yourself and go about the process solo.

"if a single individual present has a much greater reputation than the others, or is more articulate, or has a distinctly more commanding personality, he may well take over the conference and reduce the rest to little more than passive obedience. The individual may himself be extremely useful, but he might as well be put to work solo, for he is neutralizing the rest."

Sure 5 sounds like a reasonable limit on a cerebration session.

"I should guess that no more than five would be wanted." 

I really like the idea of having non-conventional meeting places as he suggests. If in SL, then maybe at a club, relaxing jazz club maybe or at an art gallery. Form a conference.

"a meeting in someone’s home or over a dinner table at some restaurant is perhaps more useful than one in a conference room."

I think, from group cerebration, the best ideas might come from those from who the least is expected for they've nothing to lose and everything to gain. I think I will start asking those for ideas from whom those from whom we might, on the surface, expect the least, maybe because they are usually quiet and non-contributing without some prying and encouragement.

"The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren't paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues."

"To feel guilty because one has not earned one’s salary because one has not had a great idea is the surest way, it seems to me, of making it certain that no great idea will come in the next time either."
Well I don't have much more to add to this. Just offering up the idea to spend more time thinking about what you are going to do from a 'theme and spin' approach, before starting any of the other things. I suppose it could start with your initial motivator, often a song that you don't or tune mind listening to 100 times. 

Lat "Yummy" Lovenkraft

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Le Jardin de Paris NEW SHOW - Reservation only !!

Le Jardin de Paris NEW SHOW !

Friday 31st of October 2014

═══════  ✩  1:30 PM SLT - 21:30 France ✩ ═══  ✩

              ♬ ♪   - PARIS DANCING -  ♪ ♬

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All our shows are translated in English :)

Royal Opera House Presents: Little Yoshiwara Geishas


The Geishas from Little Yoshiwara Okiya, will be performing a show on the Royal Opera House, on Sunday 2nd November, at 2 pm slt.
The dedication and discipline of a whole like as living doll, on a stage. Please come!!

Royal Opera House

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Elysium's "When Darkness Falls" Show

Are you scared?  Would you like to be?  Elysium brings you all the creepy cool in a Halloween dance spectacular!!  Get your freak on Friday night starting at 6pm with a huge Hallowed Eve's show featuring some of our spookiest ghouls, goblins, and creatures of the night!  We encourage you to come in costume and let's do Halloween SL dance style!  Welcome to the weekend!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blue Velvet Halloween Party Dance Show

The Blue Velvet is opening again the doors Next Friday 31 Oct. At 2pm slt.

Halloween Party with an exclusive live show, not to be missed.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Old Days - How Bad Was It? (or Count Our Blessings)

I 've been in SL about 7 years but was not show-aware back in the earliest of days. So if anyone wants to chime in on how bad (or good?) it was compared to now, then here's your chance.

Nai was there and bent my ear with:

10:01:51] Naiki Muliaina: The glee of getting 30 people in a club
[10:01:59] (You): entitled "How Bad Was It"
[10:02:01] (You): ?
[10:02:02] Naiki Muliaina: The horror of it going over 40 and having every scripted object stop
[10:04:02] Naiki Muliaina: Enumerate
[10:04:04] Naiki Muliaina: long word
[10:04:09] (You): list
[10:04:13] (You): short word
[10:05:20] Naiki Muliaina: Lag, crashing, sim crashing, every script stopping, HUDDLEs never working, people running animations with no HUD, some using dance posters to construct routines, the most primitive of sets (a back board and that was it)

Should we indeed be thanking our lucky stars that we have it so much better today? Did you also have to trek 40 miles a day, each way, to school naked in the freezing rain uphill both ways?

What do you recall?


Saturday, October 25, 2014

La Oro's "The Unleashed Tells Life & Death"

La Oro's Unleashed Ladies and Gents bring you Hallowed Tales that will send chills down more than just your spine!!  Hair-raising performances with ghouls and goblins!!  Release your inner grim and come reap this exciting show, featuring guest performer Babypea!  We have plenty of tricks for you, but YOU will be OUR treat!!  MuaHaHaHa!!  Saturday, November 1st at 5pm SLT!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stage-Side Manners

Well I didn't know what else to title this post. But I feel its paramount and in the common interest. I try to blog on issues that have value to others and the topics almost always results from me having heard the topic voiced from more than 1 individual. This is a case where  I have heard from multiple people on this issue. I am meant to be the voice of those crying out.

I tend to blog on things that are a bit controversial that nobody wants to bring up due to dance-community-political-correctness.

To  producers out there and representatives of products and anyone of similar stature...being courteous counts a lot. I have heard from a least a half dozen individuals (dancers/choreos) who have opted NOT to become involved with a troupe because the producer chose to ignore their messages or were curt with them when they did.

You may not be aware that your **** stinks so I am trying to make you aware that if you find you are having a hard time attracting, hiring and/or   keeping dancers, this may well be the reason. Ask people you trust if your stage-side manners are respectable. It is simply a case of being nice, showing respect, and 'doing the right thing' at the right place and time. If you wear your *** on your shoulders and that's just how its got to be then please ignore this post, but for those of you who are trying to build an ongoing theatrical concern, and wonder why people treat you as if your anti-antiperspirant is failing, then this might be the wake-up call you needed. 

I hope I never get like that. If I do, tell me, "Yummy, you didn't answer me, I sent you an IM. Why are you blowing me off?. Why don't you speak to me?" And i will cower and apologize and will do better. 

I guess it can work both ways. Dancers need to show respect too. Yep I'm guilty as a performer. I missed a show practice and didn't tell the producer. I had gotten called into some temp. work, since i was out of work for a long while before that time I guess I got so excited, that I got my priorities backwards. SL 1st then RL. Anyways... They played the "C" card on me. Told me that so-and-so let them know they would be missing practice and they were dying of cancer. I almost wished I was dying too just to avoid the embarrassment. Wow. I looked in my excuses bag, dying relatives, national emergency, dog ate my internet cable, but couldn't com close to matching the "C" card. I could have played the race card. But essentially I was out of cards. Suffice it to say i got the cold shoulder from them and their mate for years over that incident.

But on a more serious note, had I took the time to call in sick, I could have avoided ill will and a friendship burgeoning friendship. Who knew? 

So if you are a show producer and you find yourself losing performers as fast as you are gaining them...or if you have a product and wonder why people are not upgrading, or expanding into other product offerings, this may be a culprit. Now if you have too much business and you are using the cold-shoulder to help whittle down the number of support calls ,then that makes sense to me. After all there are only so many hours in the day. Damn whiny customers!

Play nice.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Les Tribes by Blue Velvet

The Royal Opera House, and the dance company Blue Velvet, is proud to announce a new show!  It will be on Sunday, November 9, at 2pm SLT.

A variety show including a tribute to "Les Troyens", natives tribes, and fantasy world.  Delicate mesh sets, and Spot On choreography for a great show.  Bring friends and family to an afternoon in the Opera House.



A way to reach stars :)

Friday 24th of October 2014

╔═══════  ✩  12:30 PM SLT - 21:30 France ✩ ═══  ✩
║                 ♨  NOTRE-DAME DES PARISII  ♨

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All our shows are translated in English :)


                                    *** SPIRIT LIGHT DANCE COMPANY ***
                                                    INVITES YOU TO 
                                           THEIR UNIQUE PERFORMANCE 
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This show is the first of two shows depicting how music and dance changed through the Decades from the 1930s to the 1980s. The first show is now ready !

                                             SUN 26th OCTOBER
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                                             SHOW ETIQUETTE
You must arrive at least 30 mins before the show begins to allow your computer and viewer to cache all the sets, props, costumes and dance animations. Please try and keep your scripts below 50, so that we can minimise lag conditions.

On arrival at the Theatre, please collect a program and select your seat, your reservation will allow you to sit anywhere you choose in the Theatre, unless there is a reserved sign over the seat. Please be seated then fix your camera to frame the stage, so that pre-show priming will take best affect.

Please turn on your music player, listen to the advice given, and watch the text in local chat, on setting your viewer for the show, and ways to achieve maximum enjoyment of the production.

After the show we invite you to join with the company in dancing at the terrace of Light, to celebrate and socialise. We hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Night Theater Presents "Wonderfully Wicked"

The Night Theater is happy to present to you  our Halloween show "Wonderfully Wicked". 
It´s that most spooky time of the year. Get in your spookiest gear ( mind the scripting....) and come help us break our new theater in with some Wicked dance-numbers put together by the Dream dancers. Please arrive about 30 min before showtime to allow for caches to catch up before show. And stick around after for some dance and maby explore the haunted house across the lake.


Sunday          26th October 1pm slt 

Wednesday   29th October 1pm slt

Saturday        1st November 1 pm sl

Monday, October 20, 2014

Its 7pm SLT. Do you know where your troupe is?

Why is 7pm such a coveted time slot? 

Venues, old and especially new venues, choose it as the the holy grail of time-slots. A few days ago there were 4 events happening at this time. Well if there are 50,000 people in SL and assuming they all went to shows and 50 a pop, we could support 1,000 burlesque shows, so in theory, there's room for another 996 venues at that time, best (or worst) case scenario, depending on your viewpoint

Well lets see, if its 7pm SLT (Los Angeles/San Francisco) then its:

10pm EST New York

3am  Great Britain

4am  Holland

11am Tokyo

9am Christmas Island

1pm Kingston AU.


Maybe this time-slot has been determined to have the best chance of maximum club attendance?

If the holidays repeat as the most popular time to open up new social attractions in SL, then expect to see even more new clubs opening. Why? Because people have time off. And its a happy time. People are pumped. More people in SL. A time of social gatherings. Holiday bonuses. Brand new spiffy, souped up computers and/or graphic cards under the xmas-tree. Money as a gift.

So I would expect to see more venues vying for that coveted time slot. Some of us ardent followers will have to make a choice. How will we choose? Well I will choose the path less traveled. At least one-time. Curious. Excited to see something new. Get inspiration.

Will there be a shakeout? If you have to choose between shows with competing time slots, what would be the deciding factors? Big over small? Old over new? Adult over mature? Extravaganza over pure-dance? Full-production over traditional burlesque? If you are new and compete for that time-slot you better bring your A game...just sayin. Well maybe not so worried if you are targeting the Klingon audience with Klingon based acts and Klingon subtitles as they have no entertainment offering that i know of,  so you would seal that niche and own it.

Decisions, decisions.

The Best in SL.

I've seen countless new troupes and venues boast that they are the best burleseque offering in all of SL, ever!!!. Hmmm. How does that happen if you've never performed? I am not doubting that you are or are not. Just curious if this works on people. 

"I wasn't going to see you because you're new, but since you say you are the best, you changed my mind and now I'm going to see this new show that says they are the best but have never performed because, why would they lie to me? ". Maybe it works.?  Maybe just saying "new" implies average? If you add the word 'best', then it gives us the impression that you have to be good or believe you are good so there's a chance you might be, out of the gate??? But why not say great? Not sure if its been given much thought but if we only go see the best then we are only see 1 show a month; or at most 1 a week. That 'truly best' venue and no others.


What's missing? And noticeably so? Blatant, overt, advertising! Good or bad? Well admittedly less stressful, dramatic, and self-serving. Now its just venues advertising their shows. Thats self-serving you say? Hmm... That is a form of advertising but most likely something we can all agree on is for the good of the, well a/the major new dominant component of, the dance community. 

Not ever sure what the casual club dancer finds of benefit as there didn't seem to be much of an offering for them, and yet I thought they had, maybe still do, boast the majority of the membership in numbers? Shows dominate the DQ blog-waves.

So its unofficially official that new stuff, if you have it and wish it to be known, must appear elsewhere. Less obtrusive. There is that Dance News area in the sidebar. Checking...hmm...only one listing. Guess its not that popular. Well mind you I am not complaining, I 'm a team-player acknowledging the 'greater good' and am just mentioning the white elephant in the room. 

===============P.S. This is the new me trying to blog shorter posts. Don't know how long this will last. Nobody asked me to. I am just trying it on for size. Its like tying to quit smoking. Ok I quit several times. I was a seasoned quitter. But they kept telling me that quitters never win. So I would start up again. Ok I finally quit for good decades. Ok 2, ago. So that would make me, gets out her calculator,....turning 21. I started very early.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Starlite Dancers Present "Cabaret Spectacular"


See Blog Calendar for More Show Dates!

Starlite Theater proudly present you with an evening of entertainment sure to be a crowd pleaser! Featuring a rotating cast of Amazing artists performing everything from creative solo dances to large high energy routines. You don't want to miss it! Doors open at 6:30 PM SLT.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LE JARDIN DE PARIS "Arabian Nights"


A lovely musical tale :)

Friday 17th of October 2014

╔═══════  ✩  12:30 PM SLT - 21:30 France ✩ ═══  ✩
║            ★·.·´`·.·✰..  Arabian Nights   ..✰·.·´`·.·★

▶ Reservation only !! It's easy and free : IM DameLessage Igaly...

All our shows are translated in English :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Euphoria Presents: SuperMetropolis!!

Don't miss one of the hottest, most amazing shows ever performed in SL!!  Some of SL's best and most talented dancers come together to bring you this amazing show featuring some of the worlds' coolest, bravest and well, just most badass superheroes on one amazing sim-wide stage!!  

You will board the SuperMetropolis Train and arrive just in time to witness justice being served to a dark villain!!  Or perhaps, you'll watch in shocked amazement as the villain gets the best of the superhero!!  NO!!  Say it isn't so!!!  You'll have to see for yourselves, ladies and gentlemen!!  

Will your fave Superhero show up?  No telling!  Different Superheros will be rescuing the city in different shows.  Seating is limited so arrive early!!

Showtimes and Dates below!!  Holy Superhero Show Batman!!

Saturday October 18th    
3pm SLT
5pm SLT

Wednesday, October 22nd
5pm SLT

Saturday, October 25th
3pm SLT
5pm SLT

We'll see YOU there!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mirrored Image: Bianca Xavorin and Elysium Amphiteatre

If you missed it the first time!  Or, if Babypea's fabulous costume did not rez the first time and you want to SEE what it looks like :)~

We are repeating the Mirrored Image dance show!

Sunday, October 12th at 3pm SLT

Bianca was inspired to create art.  The dancers of Elysium selected artworks that Bianca created, and were inspired by them to create dances.  Mirrored images of art, different mediums showing opposite imagery of the same reflection that come together in perfect unity.  Renowned SL artist Bianca Xavorin's exhibition, Cirque de la Magie Noire, is celebrated in dance!

Elysium is honored to have been invited to dance her art in a performance that promises to pay tribute to the vision of Bianca Xavorin.  We hope you will join us.
**Starting at 3pm SLT**

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Theater on the Hill "Les Tribes"

October 25th - 1pm SLT - Theater on the Hill Outdoor Pavilion

Theater on the Hill and the Blue velvet are proud to present a variety show on the Outdoor Pavilion for the European time zones, October 25th 1pm slt.  Not Priscilla Queen of the Desert, but close. Everyone invited and welcome to come and have a fun afternoon with us.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Shadows Silhouettes "Toxic Follies"

It's that strange time of year and there's a noxious fog surrounding the Shadows Theatre. It seems the infection is spreading and there's nothing to stop it! Come see if there's still hope left or if civilisation has finally bitten the big one.

Toxic Follies opens October 13 at 1PM SLT and plays again on October 20 and 27 at 1PM. Requested attire is zombie formal chic or, failing that, hazmat suits :) Hope to munch...err, see you there! :)  Toxic Follies....good to the last drop ;)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Coming Soon: The Daughters of DeSade

The Daughters of DeSade invite you to join us at Club DeSade to enjoy the finest in modern burlesque and erotic dance.

Our monthly shows are choreographed by our incredibly talented, Featured Dancer, Cahtias, and we guarantee you an experience that you won't soon forget!!!.

We look forward to entertaining you!
- The Daughters of DeSade 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Paramount Fright Night!

Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we, the Paramount dancers of the PARAMOUNT GRAND THEATRE dance for you October 11th, 18th, and 25th at 7pm slt, in our new show, Fright Night.

The month of October, you think of scarey things... Halloween.... candy... dancing! Come and enjoy a Saturday night with the Players in the Halloween show!

Starlite Dancers Present "Cabaret Spectacular"

Oct 6th, 2014
Monday 7PM SLT

Starlite Theater proudly present you with an evening of entertainment sure to be a crowd pleaser! Featuring a rotating cast of Amazing artists performing everything from creative solo dances to large high energy routines. You don't want to miss it! Doors open at 6:30 PM SLT.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Blue Velvet Theater Halloween Dance Party

The Blue Velvet Theater is opening it´s door officially for first time, with an early Halloween party, of course with live dance show, come to have fun with us on Friday 17 October at 4pm SLT!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Feeling Uninspired? Need Some Ideas?

Was talking with Kat Feldragonne about this recently on her blog.  And with her encouragement, have decided to post this here, perhaps it might help someone.  These adventures in dance can prove to be a lot of fun, challenging, and exciting.

Do you ever feel you have lost your dance mojo?  Need some ideas for fresh inspiration?  I have used some of these with my Challenge shows.  Perhaps some of these ideas may stimulate your dance muse.  Just a few ideas that I have found useful.

1. I at times find a fascinating texture that inspires a set.  I build the set then find a song to compliment it, organize a costume and create the choreo.  Try searching Google images: Fractal, Digital, or a particular color, even searching by a mood.  Include the word "background" or "panarama" to discover some really cool textures that can inspire a dance.

2. Visit an art gallery in SL, find an artwork that stimulates your imagination... something that excites or affects you emotionally.  Use this artwork as your muse to create a dance.

3. Visit the fabulous all full-perm shop Better Gnomes and Cauldrons.  Pick out an object that has a powerful affect on you.  Perhaps you find it horrifying, amusing, or stunningly beautiful.  Build an entire dance around that object.

4. Have someone else select a song for you to create a dance to.  This can be very uncomfortable.  More likely than not, you will not like the song much.  Yet there is something that comes out of this exercise in dance creation that is oddly fulfilling.  It is a journey down someone else's road, in part, and a chance to see some things you would otherwise probably never see.

5. Forget about music and focus on costumes for a while.  Go costume hunting.  Visit some wonderful shops.  Select a costume that is totally out of your usual style.  Something outrageous, something fabulous!  Then go build a dance around that costume.  You'd be surprised what you will come up with.

6. Pick a favourite: place you have visited, fable or fairytale, television show or movie.  And make a dance dedicated to, or inspired by, that favourite.

7. Go to a pose shop and find a static pose that you find striking.  What does it remind you of?  What does it make you feel, what do you see coming from it or leading up to it?  Build a dance around it.

8. Get with a friend and work on a dance together.  One can build the set, the other do the choreography.  Decide on costumes and a song together.  This can be a lot of fun!

9. Visit an animated texture shop such as Sanna or Sirius.  So many to choose from!  Pick one that really stirs your imagination, and use that as your muse.  Create a dance around it.

10. Visit some RP or fantasy sims, observe the atmosphere or characters that you meet there.  See what sort of dance can be inspired by focusing on some of these outside sources.  Draw from them to incorporate their stories into a story dance.

Hope some of these ideas will prove helpful to someone.

Dance with passion,