A Look at the November 30th 2018 Show

*picks head up from desk*

Wait. That makes it sound like I am picking my head up with my hands, like my head is not attached to my neck. Which is how I am feeling and often describes how I function or, more like it, malfunction, but still, it just doesn’t sound right here. I need to reword that.

*lifts head from desk*

That’s better. I need to add something in there about how I am feeling, as this is not just a “lifts head from desk” because I was having a wee nap.

*Wearily lifts head from desk, eyes glazed over with delirium, hair a ragged nest as I glower at the monitor through clenched teeth*

That’s better. It properly conveys the state I am in, even though I failed to mention the shaking and the foaming at the mouth.

Dance exhaustion. But it is more than exhaustion, it is uber frustration. Especially when you are doing a dance with a lot of dancers and creating formations, placing you in Waypoint Hell. Trying to keep track of whose WP is where, the times, the sleep times, and trying to make sure the feet are moving at the right times so that there are no slides, plus which waypoint gets moved next to where in order to stay in formation and OH can’t do that cause then those two will be passing through one another, so how can I get that one here and this one there at the same time without a collision… it can give a person a NERVOUS FUCKING BREAKDOWN.

I HATE WAYPOINTS! Pardon me. I DETEST waypoints. A LOT! I would like to blow them up, run them through a grinder, stab them with a sword. Evil horrid things that turn my brain inside out, melt down my circuits and leave me begging for the soothing release of a lobotomy. Oh I know many of you know my pain! As far as I’m concerned, people who like waypoints are in league with the Devil. Or they are witches! It’s just not normal to like them and anyone who does like them is highly suss and should be kept under close observation. They are enough to give an ice cube cold sweats. So you can imagine my shock and horror when I saw what I saw backstage at the show Friday night.

It started out like any other show. Corri was warming everyone up with her infectious tunes as Paul and Jilley welcomed arriving guests, handing out glasses of sparkling wine and directing people to seating. Backstage, Wiz was checking to make sure all the dancers were in costume with makeup on, ankle locks, tag checks, and reminding them to set home and stretch out before the show to minimise any chance of injury. I was in my usual spot, out the back door having a smoke, keeping my head down and hoping no one noticed me.

I was lurking, which always enabled me to see fabulous things not meant for my eyes. I inhaled deeply on my cigarette then glanced to the left as I blew out a long plume of satisfying smoke. I felt the cold, hard stone of the wall against my back as curious eyes peered in through the open door, trying to spy on the backstage activities, wondering if I could catch some good gossip. And that was when I saw the Horrid Thing. RIGHT THERE backstage… I almost had a coronary! I actually cried out loud, an audible gasp of fright! There I saw perhaps the most wretched sight of my entire Second Life: it was a GIANT WAYPOINT with another even more gigantor waypoint! They were actually standing upright, wearing shoes and walking around, dancing, bobbing to the music, seeming disturbingly… sentient.

I frowned hard, my gaze darkening as I considered that I might be hallucinating. I wondered if I might still be asleep and simply having a nightmare. WHAT the HELL were those things and how was it possible they had grown big and bigger and come to life? What did they want, were they here to torture me? AND THEN I saw them ATTACK QUEENIE!

I whipped out my camera to document the assault. Not only for security and the wanted posters, but also for the newspapers and National Enquire, everyone would want to hear about this. Maybe I could sell the pics and make some money? WELL! Just so you know I am not making this up, CHECK THESE SNAPS OUT:

The lovely Queenie was backstage, simply warming up for her dance in the show. She didn’t seem to notice the two EVIL waypoints, watching her.

Suddenly, the smaller of the two waypoints ran up behind Queenie and deliberately…

…knocked her down! It was so MEAN!

Queenie tried to be the bigger person. She rose up and pleaded for peace with the vicious waypoints. But they just laughed at her and…

…knocked her down again. CALL SECURITY this is ASSAULT AND BATTERY!! I want those waypoints BANNED! OMG I was steaming by this point!Β  HOW DARE YOU assault one of my dancers!!!!

Queenie valiantly stood up and fought back, giving the waypoints a verbal beat-down.

I cheered as she slapped the smaller of the two! They appeared about to run off when suddenly, the smaller, clearly-meaner of the two turned back and…

…knocked poor Queenie head over heels! It was appalling!

I had had enough. I tossed my cigge and stamped it out then whirled in through the doorway to wrangle those two waypoints and melt them down, turn them into a litter box for Web’s herd of cats, when without warning Queenie summoned her evil alter ego and POOF! She cast a spell of some sort onto the wayward waypoints, sending them back to the One Ring which is rumoured to be located in Niecho’s ass! And I can prove this is true!

HERE is your proof… these evil triangle terrors come from Niecho: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Costume-WAYPOINT-1/16109078

He is preparing an army of the little bastards to take over Second Life dance and make all us choreographers his slaves. Absolutely frightening! What shall we do? Please post your ideas on how to battle these waypoints. I have some experience in killing things and blowing shit up because I play Dying Light and Fallout 4. But I am used to fighting zombies, supermutants, robots, synths, bad people, monsters… waypoints are a different sort of enema enemy. Let’s put our heads together and plot a way to kick their asses.

Just everyone try to remain calm. We will beat this, we are stronger than a mob of waypoints. Together, we can overcome anything. While we are forming our strategy, let’s give a big shout-out to the winner of the evening’s Golden Tweezers Award. It is another Duel award. Dual? Dual. Big difference. Here are the winning posts:

[17:11] Dear Misfit: are you nakkie under those?
[17:11] SarahRho Huntress: no i got toothpaste on πŸ˜›

LMAO!! CONGRATULATIONS Dear and Sarah!!

NOW how about a look at the show?!
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Jilley
Perfect – Alice Chater


[17:11] SarahRho Huntress: i’ll sit here and annoy nara and diawa πŸ˜€
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Halie
With Antonio
Ariana Grande – R.E.M.

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
When I heard the song, it made me feel all dreamy and I felt it would fit very well with the theme for the show.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Timing everything but the real challenge is getting the end pose to fit! A lot of tweaking is required to get it right but, I always have an end pose, so it has to be done.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
This is basically my feelings about my husband Antonio and how meeting him was and still is a dream to me. I know it sounds mushy but what the hell, it is romance and stuff lol!

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Not much else to say, just sit back and relax, put your feet up, float on a cloud and enjoy with me.

[17:20] Web Sass: hey now, no desecrating moonpies!
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Britt
With Bella and Jilley
Evanescence “Lost in Paradise”

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I have always been inspired by Evanescence as an artist. Their lyrics and instrumentals reach deep within me making me feel the emotional pull of the song. This particular song made me feel as if I was drawn into a fairy tale, not one but multiple fairy tales. I was entranced by the sadness of the song but also the feeling of hope within the lyrics.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
With this song it was finding the right moves that paid tribute to the feeling of the song… any lyrical choreography could in truth do but what would give you that feeling of being drawn into the story?

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
For me it is a bit of childhood innocence and a darker feeling of longing…

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
There is always a darkness that lays beneath the light but that does not mean the light can not shine… we should not give up on fairy tales for they give us hope and help us to remember that innocence of creativity…

[17:27] Niecho Vollmar: I’m not pure evil. I’m only a little evil. A smidgeon of evil. I’m like IVORY…. 99.9% Pure and shit.
[17:28] corroded Battery passes out the shovels as i look at Niecho
[17:28] SarahRho Huntress: niecho is as pure as snow, that melted eons ago in the bowles of puratory πŸ˜€

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Web
With Babypea
Mother Knows Best from the Tangled Soundtrack, Donna Murphy

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I wanted to dance as a kid and do something funny for Mom

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Building the tower to look rustic and not like a palace.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Means I get to dance with Pea and be a carefree kid πŸ™‚

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
We each did our own choreo and it came together nicely, was a lot of fun!

[17:12] SarahRho Huntress: pea has her butt out more than anyone else i know of πŸ˜›
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Queenie
Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream (From Maleficent)(Official Audio)

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
That voice! Lana Del Rey has one of the most sexy sultry voices. This is such an innocent song sung by someone else (originally from Sleeping Beauty) but once she redid it for Maleficent it became something totally different. Dark, sinister, magical….amazing.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
All the fades I used in the set. Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking but by then it’s too late and I can continue or redo the set.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I’m team Maleficent so this song is one of my favorites. I have danced to it before and wanted to do it one more time, making a completely different set for it than I had before.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I only ever related to the Disney villains, I’m sure that says a lot about me.

[17:31] Niecho Vollmar: 0.2 is too small…. blah blah blah…… πŸ™‚
[17:31] Jilley: it most certainly is
[17:31] Niecho Vollmar: No guy wants to ever hear that

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Gracie
Morning has Broken by Cat Stevens

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I chose this song because it makes me feel hopeful.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Finding animations for this, its a rather slow song, so it was challenging to find the appropriate animations to match the tempo.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
That after a dark or stormy time in life morning will come and with it light and hope. We just have to hang on tightly through the storms until we reach the morning.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I just hope you enjoy anything I present for you to watch. Nothing specifically about this dance, but to just remember that the storm will pass, we are all going through things, and fighting some battle, it will pass and morning will come, so hang in there, surround yourself with people who uplift you and help you to hang on.

[17:42] Tritiumblast: Found the backstage area. It is still there. And it looks like somebody swept and picked up the beer cans πŸ™‚
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Lina
Just a Girl -Brix

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I have always loved the original of this song but it was not really one that struck me as a song for an act. When I heard this version on the commercials for the Nutcracker movie the images came into my mind instantly and the challenge this week was the perfect time to do it.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The only real problem I had was getting my fades to fade out fully but with the se of an addition script it was fixed (I hope)

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
The original song by Gwen Stefani almost looses the meaning in the beat but this version slowed down and remade shows the true meaning, the struggles of women in society being scorned for who they dream to be or judged by other unfairly. It is a bit deeper than my usual work I hope you all enjoy it.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
No Just thank you for coming to see us week after week, I always look forward to my nights at the Empire Room.

[17:40] Paul Woodrunner: deploying lag counter measures
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Antonio
Arsonist’s Lullaby

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
A good friend showed me this song sometime ago, I paid attention to it as it struck home with me so I kept it in my notebook of songs to do. Then this challenge came up with dreams, and well my dreams are never really unicorns farting glitter and rainbows.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
How to properly tell my story, so people could catch on to it. Also the Costume Assistant, was a bit of a pain in the arse this time, not to mention I had a fever induced dream about it, but thats a different story,

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It has a deeper meaning, sometimes our dreams an sleep is not the happiest place to be, we can be the most vulnerable there.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I hope I tell the story well enough in the set that not much needs to be said, but one thing is true in the song. People tell you that you have to tame your demons and conquer them. That is not always true, keep them on the leash so you can remember where you came from what you have conquered, and where you are now it will give you strength to keep pushing on.

[18:08] BabypeaVonPhoenix Bikergrrl: Ant can you slide my pancakes over a little, they are crowding my marijuana
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Dear
With Everyone

Paradise City – Guns-n-Roses

Welcome To The Jungle – Guns-n-Roses

Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns-n-Roses

[18:32] Murhdur: well coming from someone with balls it kinda sounded painful

[18:37] Dear Misfit: don’t forget your birds

[18:40] Greenie Flanagan: Im telling the audience…they hate to be left out

[18:42] Murhdur: you don’t talk about fight club, wait I mean backstage.

[18:51] Greenie Flanagan: I would but Im duct taped in a trunk

3 thoughts on “A Look at the November 30th 2018 Show

  1. I know how to rid your backstage of those waypoints…go into Fallout 76 and pick up a fragmentation grenade or two. Those suckers can rip the boots off a mutant and only leave body pieces across Appalachia. They’d surely knock those waypoints back down to size and might even create a few tiny new ones, might even show a few new moves to the owners.

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