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.



  1. From my own experience, we started with the 2:30pm Saturday slot 5 years ago because the 2 active owners of Moons were British and it was a good slot for us that allowed our American, Australian, and Kiwi members to attend.

    We still have that slot, because although we have less Americans now, we still straddle the UK / Aus / Kiwi time zones for staff and patrons.

    I have always imagined that the 7pm slot just works for American based groups. It seems to be representative of when most performers from the States are available to dance.

    Cordie of Whymsee Noir is currently trying a 2pm Saturday slot. Could always look to her shows for seeing how trying a new time works out.

  2. Does make it very hard to decide. Last week was 3 at one time. Had to make a choice. Ended up going to something new hadn't seen before. But is difficult to show support and go see some great entertainment when all at the exact same time.

  3. Uhg. Next time make a copy of it before clicking publish and having it all vanish.

    I had said, checking the DQs calendar is a good idea before picking a time for a show. I personally prefer a later in the evening show.

    And well every troupe says they are the best in SL. But I suppose they can't say, We are not the best but come see us anyway. I really want to do a show, Really Bad Dancing... a comedy show. The Worst in SL! But I do not think it would be well-received, so I will most likely keep it to myself. I don't always have the best ideas.

    Advertising! I long for a way to get people into shows who have never seen it before. Not sure how to go about doing it, though have considered contacting groups and inviting personally. But, they may consider that spamming and may not appreciate it, so it is really difficult.

  4. Grrr . . . Previewing a comment should NOT make it disappear before you publish it! Stupid interwebs -.- Now to remember what the heck I said . . .

    I think what I said was - 7pm is a good time slot for Americans. However, in my experience, most dancers in a troupe are not American, so is 7pm a good time slot because the majority of the audience is American?? I personally would prefer to see more shows during the weekdays, when there is a dearth of anything dance-related.

    As far as someone promoting themselves as the 'best' in SL - that's a very subjective judgement, so I discount it totally unless/until I've seen a show.

    Advertising and marketing in SL seems to be a real conundrum. There are so many different 'communities' in SL - how can you reach new people/new audiences without seeming like a 'spammer' to most of them? You can waste tons of L$ advertising here, there, and everywhere and see absolutely nothing from it. There is always the events listing, but that has its own issues.

    I, for one, am hoping that the holiday season does bring new venues/troupes. With a few exceptions, dancing/performing seems to have become kind of stagnant.

  5. Also had a post swallowed >.<

    @ BabyPea Re 'worst show in SL'. You could attract the Brit vote by not taking yourself to seriously. A Nai notice for Elysium Cabaret.


    Tonight the Elysium Cabaret performs the worst show you will ever see!... Again!..

    Come listen to Gunner as he cracks so bad small children cry!

    See our inept dancers as the fall of the stage into the front row! (copping a feel costs extra!)

    Come experience the excitement of not knowing whether the set is going to fall onto the audience or not! (We have only had 3 fatalities this year!)

    As always BabyP will be offerin generous betting rates on whos forgotten knickers or alpha layers!

    Elysium Cabaret!


    If I ever write a serious notice the Moonites are under orders to hunt and shoot me :(

  6. Baby - I'd definitely come see that show!!!! :D