Monday, December 31, 2018

The Sirens Call - A Beginning for the New Dancer, Post 8 - Beginning to Choreograph

A series of posts sharing my own beliefs, methods, and suggestions for the new dancer.  As with anything I say or teach - QUESTION EVERYTHING!  There are many different approaches and methods to dance.  From all you learn, all you experience, strive to create your own methods, ideas, and knowledge.  Unique and in your own voice.

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...EvaHarley bio

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the wonderful, crazy, consuming and thrilling adventure called dance here in Second Life!  Perhaps you've been bitten by the bug or wonder what all the hullabaloo is about?  Step-by-step I will share what I know of creating a dance performance and self-expression.  The stage is your canvas, the dancers your paint.  What story will you tell through your creation?

Previous posts:

Post 1 - An Introduction to Dance
Post 2 - Observation, Learning Style, and Inspiration
Post 3 - What is this Choreo Thing and Choosing Music
Post 4 - Animations
Post 5 - Basic Skills Needed Before Working with an Animation HUD
Post 6 - Animation HUDs!  It's time to move it, move it
Post 7 - Learning Your HUD, Animations and Caching

As we explore the process of creating your own dance performance, you will find that I follow a certain flow and focus heavily on building a strong foundation.  I love tools, gadgets, particles, and anything else that gives that extra bit of oomph which enhances my dance.  In time, these will also be introduced in this blog series.  I believe strongly that choreography is the core element in creating a dance - the animations chosen, how they are linked together, and those infinitesimal changes, transitions, pauses, and poses that express the music.  Amazing choreography can be performed in front of nothing more than a black screen and still draw the audience in and take their breath away.

If you've been following along, you should now have a piece of music selected, own a number of animations that fit the music you chose that are from a variety of stores and dance packs, and be comfortable using your Dance Animation HUD.

In this post, we will be focusing on beginning to create choreography.

Creating Your Own Choreography

Now is the time we jump in and start creating!  Ready to jump down the rabbit hole?  Beware - there is no turning back!  <insert maniacal laugh here>  Once the ability to express yourself through dance here in SL is in your soul, there's no escape...

Key component #1 - Mix Up Your Animations

I am going to be blunt here.  Anyone can buy a single pack of animations (like Abranimations Ballet pack), play them in a different order and call it choreography.  Abranimations designed the animations, the movement, and created a pack of animations that would flow well from one animation to the next, even when played out of order.  Technically, there is nothing unique about this,  the challenge and self expression minimal.  It looks good, but the choreography was created by Abranimations.   This is like mixing up the tracks of a Rolling Stones album and calling it your own mix.  It's still just the Rolling Stones album.

Introduce animations from different animation packs, different stores, different styles to create your choreography.   This is unique, your own mix, and something no one could recreate this unless they purposely copied you.  This is the challenge, the self-expression, and what transforms a dance into something that is yours alone.

I always encourage questioning everything.  As you follow this series, take from it what you will, what connects with you.  Every choreographer has their own style and methods, which is just as it should be.  Mixing up your animations is one of the few things I am adamant that every choreographer should do.

Key component #2 - Listen to Your Music, Feel It, What Do You Want to Express?

Starting to choreograph a new dance can feel a bit overwhelming, whether a new choreographer or a seasoned one.  It's like looking at a blank canvas, wondering where to begin, and hoping that your vision comes through.  This is one of those times you have to just jump in, do your best, and enjoy the process.  That's why we do this right?

Before you start selecting your animations for this particular piece of music, listen to it.  Feel it.  Visualize thoughts, feelings, ideas in your head.  Will your dance be high energy with bold moves?  Soft?  Funny?  For your first dance keep it simple.  Choreograph one set of animations.  You can dance it alone or perhaps with a couple others, but focus on one set of animations for all of you, one sequence.  Build your foundation and expand on it later.  You will never regret learning to walk with style and artistry before running a triathlon.

Dream.  Feel.  Listen to the music again and again.  Make notes.  Scribble.  Doodle.  What do you see?  This process is invaluable, helping to guide your overall vision.  It also helps you get into that "creative space" where the rest of the world disappears for a while.  Just you, movement, and the music. 

Key component #3 - Choose Animations that you MIGHT use in your final dance.  No Limits.

A finished dance is generally around 15-30 animations (including poses).  As you begin to choreograph for a new dance, you should select a much larger number of animations to work with.  Think of yourself as that artist with a blank canvas.  You want to have plenty of colors to choose from to create your painting.  You are brainstorming, coming up with ideas and possibilities.  Be open to bold animation choices that you think might work.  Don't over-think or be too discriminating at this point!  You will find out as you create if the animation will fit or not - and very often you may be surprised!  At this stage, I usually pick about 100 animations to play with - and often several from the same dance packs so I can see which ones are just right.

This is my general process:

  • Consider all of your animations.  You may have chosen a high energy rap song, but you may be surprised that a contemporary or ballet movement fits perfectly in part of the song.  This also adds interest.
  • As you listen to the music (I set mine on a loop), play each of your animations.  I generally only need about 10-15 seconds of the animation to feel if it fits.  Listen to the beat of the music, watch the flow of the animation.  I work on "feel" more than anything.  Does the animation seem to fit with the movements, if there is hand clapping or repetitive moves, does it fit the beat of the song?  Your music has a tempo, beats. ** ****  Four notes usually, 4 upbeats, 4 downbeats.  Fast animations, slow animations - they can all work but should generally follow the rhythm of the music.  Watch videos on contemporary dance.  See how their movements mesh with contemporary, upbeat music.  Watch a variety of youtube dance videos!  They are wonderful inspiration.
  • Choose a variety of "big move" and "subtle move" animations.  I define a big move as an animation that is more dramatic - moves you across the floor, dramatic spins, large hand and/or feet movements.  Naturally draws attention.  Subtle moves to me are ones that don't pull as much attention, perhaps a subtle shuffle, a step, a gradual single spin or soft moves.  You will want both for your dance.
  • As you test your animations and listen to the music - make a quick decision.  If it feels like the animation may work with the music, write the animation name down - select it, put a copy into a folder.  However you organize, sort, and select your animations.

Kevin Bacon demonstrates tempo and beats so much better than I could!  Let's hear it for the boy!

Do this now.  Narrow down the animations to work with for your dance.  Put a copy of these animations into a fresh copy of your animation HUD and name it "Choreo - Dance name" or something similar.  You now have a manageable number of animations to create a dance with.  Your next step will be freestyling these animations to the music and creating a flow of animations - a sequence!


Have you ever been to a wine tasting and noticed they generally have crackers or something similar they encourage you to eat between tastings?  If you taste wine, after wine, after wine, not only will you get tipsy but you won't be able to appreciate each wine individually - they begin to blend together.  Selecting animations for a dance can be exactly the same!  Take breaks periodically, plan short blocks of time to select your animations.  When you feel yourself starting to rush through just to get the selection done - it's time to STOP for a while!  When all the animations seem to be the same - TAKE A BREAK!  Enjoy the selection process.  You are creating a piece of art.  Most painters don't create a painting in one session, it evolves over time.  They let their creativity breathe, let it speak to them.  Don't rush this process, enjoy the ride.

For women especially, animations can appear differently depending on our costume.  Try it!  Wear an "innocent" floaty dress, then wear a very skimpy sexy leather number with spikes.  I bet the same exact animations will feel different to you!  When selecting animations for a dance, I try to wear the costume for the dance or something similar to what I want my costume to be.  It's hard to choreograph a classic ballet dance wearing a leather thong and pasties.  (Unless that's my planned costume!)  For me, what I wear helps me get into that mindset - like an actor diving into their character.

Next post we're going to be digging deep into transitions, movement changes, making an impact, hits, tempo changes, and expression through your choice of animations - with examples.  Be prepared!

Dance like there's no tomorrow!
~ Eva Harley

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Ballet Pixelle presents "The Nut"

Ballet Pixelle  presents "The Nut"
5pm SLT on  12/30

Come see the show

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Paramount's Pit of Doom

Paramount's Pit of Doom
January 18th & 25th at 7:30pm slt

Paramount's NEW Theatre-in-the-Round style of entertainment! Come join us December 18th & 25th at 8pm slt for the Grand Opening!

The Paramount Group is pleased to present the "Pit of Doom", an adventure in diverse, eclectic entertainments in a "Theatre-in-the-Round". Our talented dancers will dazzle, delight and tickle your imagination with the added audience  personal interaction that a round theatre provides.

Casual dress, please.

Come see the show!

Paramount Players - New Year Wishes

Paramount Players
January 4th & 11th at 7:30pm slt

New Year Wishes! Paramount Grand Theatre's brand new show of the year. Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we the Paramount Players dance for you, January 4th & 11th at 7:30pm slt.

The Players are wishing everyone a happy new year along with some new entertainment! Come and enjoy these dances with those you love for the new year!

Causal dress, please

Come see the show

Friday, December 28, 2018

Elysium Cabaret - Peace on Earth

If it’s Friday, it’s Elysium Cabaret! Fancy some imagination in a fun social setting? In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment! Featuring elaborate sets, stunning costumes and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone. Grab your friends and get their early because the sim fills. Come celebrate Friday!

This week’s show features the theme of Peace on Earth. Choreographers:
  • Venus
  • Dear
  • Mikiko
  • Eva
  • Adam
  • Alexis
  • Babypea
  • Antonio (Crowd Dance)
 Our dances will be expressing our visions of peace. We hope to see you there as we prepare to greet 2019. Welcome to the weekend!

We also offer a ‘best of the past month’ matinèe the last Saturday of every month at 1pm SLT, for our friends who can’t make it to our Friday evening shows. This Saturday’s matinèe will be Elysium’s final show of 2018. See you there!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Looking for a Home for Your Troupe?

Theatre Home available to an Enterprising Dance Troupe

The Calina Tereshchenko Theatre has been newly rebuilt in Korolev Station, a crossroads of universes, alone with a new art gallery, nightclub, casbah and more.

We are seeking a dance troupe who needs a home, can take advantage of the latest in technology, and grow together as a community.   We will also be seeking an artistic director so that I can step down and concentrate on my Ambassador role.. and yes, dance too.

Details to be negotiated.  Korolev Station has been around for a long time, and we have a good fiscal model that enables us to keep our doors open (and airlocks closed, please). 

Nellie Bly

Monday, December 24, 2018

Paramount Pit Show

Paramount's NEW Theatre-in-the-Round style of entertainment! 
Come join us December 28th at 8pm slt for the Grand Opening!

The Paramount Group is pleased to present the "Pit of Doom", an adventure in diverse, eclectic entertainments in a "Theatre-in-the-Round". Our talented dancers will dazzle, delight and tickle your imagination with the added audience  personal interaction that a round theatre provides. 

The Art Factory Open Dance Night

The Art Factory is having another Open Dance night! We have assembled some of the best dancers on the grid to perform their favorite dances! The show is on the 29th at 6 pm SLT! 

Please join us for an awesome variety of music and fun!


Saturday, December 22, 2018


IMAGE open this Sunday 
♥December 23th

...... ♥ * Line up for this Sunday*♥.......
  Coyume Melody "Silent Snow"
Diawa Bellic "Santa Tell Me"
Yougao Destiny "My Only Wish-Christmas"
Misse Tigerpaw "Christmas time"
Sakurasakujp " A Butterfly's Dream"
Xia Xute " piece of memories"
Setsuna Hirano "All Adeste Fideles"

DJ: HANKU Babii☆.。.:*・゜


Come see the show!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Three Debauche Shows This Weekend! HO HO HO!

Saturday 22nd December 10am SLT House of Jana, Erin Community Theater

Debauche come to the final weekend of this wonderful Christmas season and are delighted to be sharing this special time with the lovely Jana. Always a staunch supporter and very dear friend of Debauche, we love performing at her beautiful theatre.

Come join in the festive and ever so slightly naughty spirit at House of Jana

Saturday 22nd December 10am


Saturday 22nd December 12:30pm SLT The Trophy Room

We are thrilled to be returning to this wonderful and slightly naughty sim. Amazing people, an amazing atmosphere and a lovely little theater.

Spreading even more Christmas cheer at the Trophy a very classy way, of course. Come join us xxx

You know you want to


Sunday 23rd December 12:30pm SLT The Erin GoBraghless Theatre

Where else would we end this magical Christmas season but in our very own lovely theatre? It has a special magic to us. It is where we began, where we feel at home and where we love most of all. 

This show will be a little longer than usual as we try to pack in as much Christmas magic as we possibly can. And we just cannot wait for it. Sad that the Christmas shows are over but so excited at the new year coming.

Please come join in this celebration with us. Love to see you there


Sunday 23rd December, 12:30pm SLT

Royale Cabaret Entertainers Holiday Magic


Royale Cabaret Entertainers Holiday Magic
December 22 at 4 PM Slt

Holiday Magic is coming your way.   This show will tickle your jolly and fondle your merry with light hearted festive offerings.  This joyous rendering of musical delight is presented by Royale Cabaret Entertainment which will transport you back to the magic of the holidays.  DECEMBER 22 AT 4 PM SLT is the time to make miracles happen.  See you then.

Come see the show.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

inMotion Christmas Show Party

.: inMotion :. Christmas Show Party
December 22nd 2018
12:00pm (SL Time)
21:00pm (Middle European Time)

Ho Ho Happy Holidays!
Star the season with us and join our
Christmas Show Party
Saturday December 22nd
12:00pm SL Time / 21:00pm Middle European Time

Come see the show!

Elysium Cabaret - Welcome to the weekend!

If it's Friday, it's Elysium Cabaret! Fancy some imagination in a fun social setting? In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment! 

Featuring elaborate sets and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone. Grab your friends and get their early because the sim fills. Come celebrate Friday!

We also offer a 'best of the past month' matinèe the last Saturday of every month at 1pm SLT, for our friends who can't make it to our Friday evening shows. See you there!

This week’s show celebrates Christmas and features 

  • Babypea
  • Nara
  • Queenie
  • Adam
  • Storm
  • Sarah
  • Corri
  • Anu
  • and Hailie
Welcome to the weekend!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Harleyquin Learning Center Workshops - December 22nd through 23rd

December 22nd through December 23rd

All are welcome and no registration is required.  Come and participate or observe! 

Workshops are presented in voice, please make sure you can hear voice before arriving.  If you prefer not to participate – feel free to come listen!  Comfy chairs and class notes provided.
Please arrive early to prepare.  To allow for greater focus and to minimize distractions, the sim may be closed when the workshop begins.

Saturday, Dec 22nd

9 am - Mini Workshop: Set Prep - Linking Prims and Making it Phantom
You've designed your set and it's ready for its moment on stage - but wait!  Did you know that linking your set makes it much easier to work with and easier for your tool to rez?  During this mini workshop we talk about what to link and what not to link, root and child prims, and preparing your set before you pack it.  We'll also review what the phantom setting is and how it can reduce lag and help your set rez in the right place every time!
(30 min, Project Platform)

10 am – Spot On Stage Manager, A to Z
One of several rezzer systems available, this is a very versatile tool that integrates seamlessly with the other Spot On Tools.  We cover how Stage Manager rezzes sets based on the venue, how to load one or more sets into a rezzer, de-rezzing, and modifying a loaded set, plus any tips and tricks I know.  We will also be covering why your sets should be phantom.  Hands on – you will be doing all of this during the workshop!  Set supplies will be provided.
(1.5 hours, Project Platform)

Requirements to participate:   Own the Spot On Stage Manager, know how to link and unlink prims.  All are welcome to come listen!

Workshop Details

11:30 am - Spot On Stage Manager, Interactive 2.0
Feel free to stay, ask questions, and practice what we covered during the workshop!  Informal and interactive!
(30 min, Project Platform)

Sunday, Dec 23rd

9 am - Mini Workshop:  Animation Organization
Choosing animations for your dance can be one of the most creative yet frustrating experiences.  During this mini-workshop, we explore different tools and methods for organizing your dance animations and selecting them for a dance.  Explore the different stations, try out the different tools, learn different methods for organizing animations.  There are no "wrong ways", there is no "one way", merely different ways!
(30 mins, Inspiration Station)

Do you have a method that works well for you?  I'd love to include it!  Please contact EvaHarley Resident in world at least a week before the workshop.

Note:   These demonstration stations will remain available at any time at the Inspiration Station after the workshop.   

10 am – Spot On Smooth Dancer:  Focus on Sequences
Create a sequence of timed animations by using the amazing record feature in the Smooth Dancer HUD.  Learn how to create multiple sequences and manually edit them when needed!  We will also touch on smoothing transitions, blind animations, and how you CAN perform using only the Smooth Dancer HUD!  Includes creating your own sequence and a group activity.
(1 hour, Dance Studio)

Requirements to participate:  Come prepared with a Smooth Dancer HUD loaded with at least 20 animations.  Be familiar with using your HUD, inviting dancers, removing, and re-inviting.

Workshop Details

11 am - Spot On Smooth Dancer:  Focus on Sequences, Interactive 2.0
Feel free to stay, ask questions, and practice what we covered during the workshop!  Informal and interactive!
(1 hour, Dance Studio)

For additional info and dance tips, please visit our blog:

Happy Holidays!  Workshops will return on January 7th!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Elysium Cabaret Road Show!

Saddle up and come out to Snowy River and enjoy an old-fashioned country Christmas with our dear friends Lex and Misty!  This show features Elysium Cabaret, as a gift from Lex and Misty to Snowy River owners Rox & Morph.  We hope you will join us Wednesday, December 19th at 6pm SLT as we warm our hands around the fires of friendship, roasting chestnuts and toasting goodwill to all.

Choreographers featured will be 
  • Jilley
  • Dear Misfit
  • KellyX
  • our Sweet Gracie
  • and Babypea 
with audience participation dances by Web Sass.  

Come dance with us!

Show & Lounge cossette'

Show & Lounge cossette'
2018.12.22 (Sat) 6:00 PST (23:00 Japan time)

Here we are cossette' is all about excellent harmony of music, stage and dance.
Please come down to the show and enjoy our expressive performance on stage!


Come see the show!

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Art Factory - Open Dance

The Art Factory
12/29 at 6 pm slt

The Art Factory is having another Open Dance night! We are looking for dancers to come perform their favorite routines! The show is on December 29th at 6 pm slt with a rehearsal on December 27th at 7 pm slt. There is no specific theme and we do not have restrictions on your dances. If you are interested in performing please contact Sarebear68!

Come see the show.

Oasis Dancers Christmas Show

Oasis Dancers Christmas Show
Thursday, Dec 20th, 12 pm SLT (noon) at Babylon Berlin

Please, formal or semi-formal outfit would be nice.

Come see the show.

Atlantis Grand Theatre - Variety Hour Encore

"The Atlantis Variety Hour" ENCORE! tonight @ 5pm
December 2oth, 2018 @ 5pm slt.

Variety is the spice of life and variety shows are one of the oldest forms of showbiz razzle-dazzle. 
Atlantis Grand Theatre is pleased to present their bi-monthly entertainment, offering something for everyone. Each month we feature a revolving door of creators and dancers showcasing their favorites.

Hope to see you there! Smart Casual to Formal Attire Please.

Breezes Dancers

Where: Breezes Theatre (Riviera Island)
Date: Tuesday 18 December 2018
Time: 1pm slt 

Breezes Dancers will be performing their Show for the Christmas Holiday at Breezes Theatre on Tuesday 18 December at 1pm slt. This is a show of 6 Acts and lasts about 50 minutes.

There will be a party afterwards for everyone to enjoy the Holiday fun.


Dress: Formal, semi Formal or seasonal

Come see the show!


IMAGE open this Sunday

♥December 16th

...... ♥ * Line up for this Sunday*♥.......
 Setsuna Hirano"Snow globe"
 Xia Xute" Lovers"with Coyume
 Yougao Destiny"eternal frame"
 Diawa Bellic"sugar plum fairy "
 Misse Tigerpaw "Prayer for peace "

■チームダンス team dance
 Coyume Melody"Mr.Heartache" with Sakura

DJ: HANKU Babii☆.。.:*・゜


Come see the show!

Dance Xcetera: Christmas Anthology Performance

Dance Xcetera:  Christmas Anthology Performance
Saturday 12/15 & Sunday 12/16 @ 7p slt.

In our final performance of the year, the little elves at Dance Xcetera have been busy at work creating beautiful sets that are truly inspired by the most wonderful time of the year!  A collection of magnificent acts that show the true meaning of Christmas and the holiday season, and a performance guaranteed to kick out the humbug and fill your heart with Christmas cheer!  Make us your date destination for the weekend and bring your family and friends!  You won't be disappointed!  Hosted by Aryanna Draken.

Come see the shows!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Two Debauche shows this weekend

Saturday 15th December, 12.30pm SLT Azotar

Debauche make a welcome return to Azotar, a great sim with great people, continuing this year's Christmas shows.

Come join us there for festive cheer with more than a hint of naughtiness - sorry Santa xx

(but always classy!)

See you at Azotar Ho Ho Ho

Saturday 15th December, 12.30 pm SLT

Come see the show!


Sunday 16th December, 12pm SLT The Erin GoBraghless Theater

For the final time this year, Debauche join forces with the incomparable Oasis Dancers for a festive show full of fun, seasonal warmth and of course, sexiness.

Oasis and Debauche on one stage, this Sunday. Don't miss it.

Sunday 16th December 12pm SLT

Come see the show!

RIPA Theatre brings Joy To The World

       RIPA Theatre brings 'Joy To The World'
            Our new 2018 Christmas show
            - Sun, Dec 16 @ 2:00 PM SLT
- Thu, Dec 20 @ 2:00 PM SLT
- Sun, Dec 23 @ 2:00 PM SLT
- Fri, Dec 28 @ 2:00 PM SLT!
           Join Us At Our Special Venue
 For dinner, a show and a fun festive evening
with the wonderful cast of The River Island Theatre.

Come see the show!

Dance Queens Showcase Show

Dance Queens is proud to present our Multi-troupe Showcase Performance which includes 11 troupes from all over the grid. This show is Winter/International Holiday themed and has a variety of creativity and talent. Join us for this variety show to be entertained in winter style.

This show will be dedicated to the memory of former Dance Queens owner Zhaza Zerbino and will have a small ceremony after.

Here's the line up!

Feel free to come in holiday dress but please keeps scripts as low as possible to allow the performers to give you a better performance. Arrive a bit early as show fills and any time to settle the sim is appreciated. Thank you! 

Guerilla Burlesque


The Guerilla Burlesque team will be performing their final appearance at the Dickens Project on Lea7! We invite you all to join us in this year’s celebration and bring your friends!

Saturday December 15th at 7pm!

Explore the sim and kick-start your winter fun learning and celebrating the work of one of the masters of 19th Century literature! Carriage or balloon tours, skating, sledding and a few other surprises to explore! Invite your friends and don't miss out on this festive winter event!  Join us at The Dickens Project!

Your Carriage awaits!
Come see the show.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Art Factory Christmas Bash!

12/15 at 6pm slt

Ho ho ho! Come join The Art Factory as we get into the Christmas spirit! We have dancers from all over the grid performing their numbers to some of their favorite christmas songs. The show will start at 6 pm slt on December 15th!

Crystal Edge

Crystal Edge Theatre
Friday December the 14th: 3 PM SLT

Choreographed by:
Saronda Jewell & Bubs Roffo

Performed by:
Hbomb, Derick, Dids, Saronda, Bubs, Arabella

Get Into That X-MAS Spirit

Come see the show!

Elysium Cabaret - Welcome to the Weekend!

If it's Friday, it's Elysium Cabaret!  Fancy some imagination in a fun social setting?  In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment!  Featuring elaborate sets and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone.  Grab your friends and get their early because the sim fills.  Come celebrate Friday!

We also offer a 'best of the past month' matinèe the last Saturday of every month at 1pm SLT, for our friends who can't make it to our Friday evening shows.  See you there!

This week’s show features: 
  • Gracie
  • Jilley
  • Mikiko
  • Britt
  • Dear
  • Sarah
  • Ariel
  • Ray
  • and Bella. 
Welcome to the weekend!
Please Join Us!


Monday, December 10, 2018

Paramount Grand Theatre December

All Wrapped Up, Paramount Grand Theatre's brand new show for December. Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we the Paramount Players dance for you, December 14th at 8pm slt.

The Players are in the Christmas spirit and wishing you were too. Come and enjoy those Christmas classics you love and those you love to hate, maybe find some new songs you will add to your collection!

Come See the Show!

Yo - Firestorm Users! Feel the funk with zeee-drop and move animations and inventory fast!

OK, confession time.  I've been binge watching Rock of Ages and have this darn jingle stuck in my head:   "z guyeezz - double the e, double the z, double the flavor", neon clothing and headbands included.  If you grew up in the 80's, you just have to see this movie.

Now that I've gotten my cheesy spins and bad rap out of the way, this post introduces the very hip Firestorm feature "zdrop".

So what is zdrop?  zdrop is a special command you type into local chat which copies the contents from an inventory folder to a prim - rezzed or worn.  Why is this so very dope?  How many times have you wanted to load a large number of animations into a dance HUD?  If you do it manually, you can only move about 25 at a time and the HUD has to be rezzed on the ground.  What about those times you just wanted to add 3 animations and didn't want to take off your HUD?

With zdrop - you can move hundreds of animations at one time AND you can wear the HUD or rez it on the ground.  I'm still in awe every time I use this feature which has saved countless hours and headaches.

So, how does it work?

  1. Under your inventory folder in your inventory window, you create a new folder - maybe something like "Sugarplum animations".  This is important, it has to be a main folder.
  2. Copy and paste all the animations you want to copy to your dance HUD into the Sugarplum animations folder.
  3. Wear your HUD or rez it to the ground.
  4. The command needs the UUID, the unique identifier code for the HUD.  To find this, right click on your HUD, select Edit, and under the General tab click on the Copy Keys button.
  5. Close the edit window.
Now you're ready to make it happen!

In local chat, type the following:

zdrop on <hit ctrl-z here to paste the hud UUID> <name of the animation folder to copy>

Example:  zdrop on 47b9148d-77e9-6b9c-e11b-30386f1cdc80 Sugarplum Anims

That's it!  You can now walk away, grab a bite to eat, or even keep working on other things while the animations are copied to your HUD.

If you need to stop the process before it finishes, type this in local chat: zdrop

Let's go through this step by step, shall we?

  1. Rez you HUD to the ground (recommended) or attach it.  (see note below)
  2. In your inventory, create a folder for the animations to be copied.  Make sure it is created under the main Inventory folder  (not within another folder).  Copy your animations into this new folder.
  3. Right click on your HUD, select edit, and on the General tab click on the Copy Keys button.  Close the Edit Window.
  4. In local chat, type this:   zdrop on <hit ctrl-v to paste the UUID key> <type name of folder>
  5. Now wait for the animations to finish copying.

STEP 1:  What a wonderful day to hug a tree!  Oh, and see my animation HUD on the ground?  You can also do this when wearing your HUD, but for large numbers of animations, I recommend rezzing it.

STEP 2:  This is my folder of animations to copy to the HUD, directly under the main Inventory folder.
(Plus a peek at the madness that is my inventory...)

STEP 3:  To copy the unique key identifier for the HUD I rezzed on the floor, I right clicked on the HUD, selected Edit, and pressed the Copy Keys button.

STEP 4  Ready to copy!  zdrop is the command, then the word "on", then press ctrl-v to paste the HUD key, and type in the name of the inventory folder to copy - must be exact. :)
Example:  zdrop on 47b9148d-77e9-6b9c-e11b-30386f1cdc80 Sugarplum Anims

STEP 5:  zdrop is doing its work!  Coffee break!
All Done!  "Completed transfer from "Sugarplum Anims to blah blah blah"!  Woot!

This applies for any type of inventory item you want to copy.  Useful for cleaning up your inventory and a great way to easily back up your dances - HUDs, rezzer, movers, notecards, etc..  Copy them to a prim rezzed in-world and feel safer knowing you have a second copy of your dance in case of inventory failure or accidental deletion.

Note: If you will be copying a large number of animations to your HUD or are in a high lag area, I would recommend rezzing your HUD on the ground instead of wearing it.  I did receive a "in-world object creation failure" while wearing my HUD and zdropping about 12 animations, but was in a very high lag environment.  This error just means it wasn't able to copy one of the animations, in this case  because of the lag.

Any other ways zdrop can make your SL easier?  Share your ideas in comments!

Enjoy zdropping!

Eva Harley

Monarchs Presents - The Spirits of Christmas

Monarchs Presents

The Spirits of Christmas

The Ghost of Christmas has lost his way. Decades of increasing anticipations for Christmas celebrations have left him worn down, angry and depressed. He has turned bitter - lashing out until finally he snapped and took away Christmas…

Now the Lady of Ice and The Spirit of the Child must band together and recover the holiday before it’s lost completely...

  • 14th @ 8pm
  • 15th @ noon & 9pm
  • 16th @ 1pm
  • 21st @ 9pm
  • 22nd @ 3pm

Please join us for a unique and magical Christmas dance spectacular, featuring a sim-wide presentation with magnificent builds by Royal Shippe, an original Christmas story by Diiar Vader-Shippe, and unique acts choreographed by Royal Shippe, Diiar Vader-Shippe, Babypea Von Phoenix, Filomena Quinnell, and Jilley Roo!

Your sleigh!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Very Misfit Christmas 2018

Misfit Dance & Performance Art presents:

A Very Misfit Christmas 2018 
     ~  Our full production / magic filled holiday theater dance show!

Throughout December ~  8 performance dates!

6 at our home theater &  2  at The Dickens Project 2018 - LEA7 Region

Seats are limited at each show so please arrive early to guarantee yours!

Contact JenzZa Misfit for more information

Dates for Misfit Forest Theater
  • Monday    Dec  10th    7 pm SL
  • Wed          Dec   12th   7 pm SL
  • Friday       Dec  14th     6 pm SL
  • Sat            Dec 15th      10 AM SL
  • Monday    Dec 17th      6 pm SL
  • Wed          Dec 19th       7 pm SL

Misfit Forest Theater

Your Sleigh to Misfit Forest!


2 performances at The Dickens Project 2018   -  LEA7
  • Friday Dec 21st       7 pm SL Showtime
  • Saturday  Dec 22nd    11 AM SL Showtime

Friday, December 7, 2018

Oasis Dancers, Christmas Show

Oasis Dancers, Christmas Show
December 9th, 12 pm SLT noon (21:00 Uhr) at Port Olni

Gorean Sim but everyone is welcome. Show will be OOC Event outside the city.
No special dress code required.

Come see the show.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

DX Christmas Teasers Holiday Road Show

- DX Christmas Teasers Holiday Road Show - 
- Saturday 12/8 @ 6p slt.

As we countdown to our final performance of the year, we hit the road for the Grand Opening of the Warren Music Hall & Theater this weekend! - We are very happy to help celebrate their opening, and we're bringing "Christmas Teasers," hand-picked dances that are proven to get your toe tapping to the holiday beat!  Santa brought an extra little elf this year with the performing debut of Alivia Edenflower, so come welcome her to the stage!  Make us your date destination this weekend for holiday fun!  Hosted by Aryanna Draken.

Come see the show!

Guerilla Burlesque - What The Dickens

Guerilla Burlesque - What The Dickens
Saturday December 8th at 1 pm!
Second performance is on December 15th at 7pm



Guerilla Burlesque celebrates the work of Charles Dickens!

The Dickens Project 2018 Edition is open, and we invite you to join us for another exciting performance from Guerilla Burlesque! We along with Seanchai Library are celebrating the work of Charles Dickens live in the Dickens Square! We have just two shows left for this winter event so you don't want to miss out on the fun!
Doors open early at 12pm so meet you there and bring your friends!

Saturday December 8th at 1 pm!
Second performance is on December 15th at 7pm

Be sure to come early and explore the Lea 7 sim with many exciting things to do! Kickstart your winter festivities with Storytelling, Music, Dance, Carriage Ride, Balloon Tour, Skating, Sledding, and even Free Stuff! There so much to see and do, so much fun at this year's celebration of Charles Dickens - featuring "A Christmas Carol".

More info:

Your Carriage awaits you! 

Show & Lounge cossette'

Show & Lounge cossette'
Show date/ time: 2018.12.10 (Mon) 6:00 PST (23:00 Japan time)

Here we are cossette' is all about excellent harmony of music, stage and dance.
Please come down to the show and enjoy our expressive performance on stage!

Sarah (New Performer)
Starlet (New Performer)

Come see the show!

Debauche this weekend!

Saturday 8 December 2018 Debauche and Oasis Xmas show @ Noon

Our Christmas seasonal performances continue this weekend. Yay!! I hear you say and we start with a joint show with our dear friends The Oasis dance troupe.

So why not come and have a taste of both Debauche and Oasis, something for everyone !!

Debauche - Sexy, Raunchy but always classy

Come see the show!

Sunday 9 December 2018 Debauche @ 10AM

And if that isn't enough, we have a very busy Sunday for you, what I hear you say, two shows for your pleasure. And its gonna be such fun we are looking forward to it we love you all so much.

First at 10am, we have a very special show for a very special lady Suzyst who has invited us to perform at her private sim.

And come see this show!

Sunday 9 December 2018 Debauche @ 1PM

Then at 1pm we visit Tuscany for another wonderful show and we hope to see you all there cheering us shy girls on ;)

What can I say but Debauche - Sexy, Raunchy but always Classy!

And come see this show too!