July 13th 2018 Show

I sat huddled under an old wool blanket, woven in a pattern of faded shades of blue. It was hard to stay warm when you didn’t have electricity. I was grateful for the fireplace that was fitted with a wood stove, though wood was a pain in the ass (and other places as well) to chop, so I had to burn it conservatively. I did miss the sight of a blazing fire, but the woodstove warmed the room much better than an open fireplace. I squeezed my fingers into fists over and over, hoping to keep blood moving through the half-frozen digits. I needed to go back outside and finish moving frosty logs of chopped wood into the small entry room so that they could dry out. Thank goodness spiders slept in winter. And snakes. And other concerns that liked setting up house in piles of wood.

I finally rose and shoved my hands back into the worn black leather gloves, then stamped through the dimly lit room to the entry, wishing I could spare more candles for light. Pushing open the heavy solid oak door, I stepped into icy air that hit my face like frozen blades of steel. The cold hurt. My nose stung and eyes watered as I ploughed between boxes of crap I had looted, piled up left and right with just paths between. One of the paths led to a shed on the left which was built into the covered veranda, and a second path continued to a metal gate at the far end of the veranda. My bleary gaze swept past the stacks of boxes, mounds of giant black trash bags, and piles of stuff. The veranda was fully walled in with heavy rebar, assembled criss-cross, forming squares too small to put a hand through. I looked past the rebar to the snowy carpet that blanketed the land. My vision was not what it once was, but I could still detect movement. I felt the weight of the hammer I wore on my belt. It filled me with a sense of comfort. Just in case there was movement.

Seeing nothing of interest, I slipped into the dark shed, and started loading up my arms with wood. The sound of the small chunks clunking against each other seemed even louder, echoing a bit in the dead silence that surrounded me. Gosh, I missed the sound of music. Noise. Television. Traffic. Talking. Arguing. Yelling. Belching. Julie Andrews. Mary Poppins. What I wouldn’t give to hear someone’s nails dragged down a chalkboard. Almost any sound was better than all this deafening silence day after day. I was completely alone up here. I had relocated to this isolated northern land because there weren’t a lot of zombies up here. They did not like the cold. They tended to freeze in place very easily. Also, zombies didn’t stink as bad up here. Once the dead died and stayed dead, they froze instead of rotting. So, it was safer than down south. And, I could ice fish through a hole cut in the floor of my shed. Plus, my nipples were always hard. If I was a guy, living in the cold would certainly be a disadvantage, but being female, it had its benefits. I always looked perky.

Suddenly, sound split a path to my ears. I froze, frowning and tilting my head, all my focus on my hearing. It was human voices, female… and some clanging, scuffling. Someone was out there!! I dropped my load of wood and hurried through the door of the shed. And there, back by the gate, I saw them. A woman and a girl of perhaps ten years. I rushed up to them, hand instinctively going to my hammer, but I did not draw it. Zombies did not talk and they had been talking. I perused them head to foot, scowling at them as they stood there in frightened anticipation, eyes wide as they waited for my reaction to their arrivals. They were wearing only sneakers, jeans, sweaters, jackets, knitted caps. Their sneakers were caked in snow. Their lips were purple and cheeks bright red. They shivered as they huddled, looking somewhere between being about to attack and about to run. I noticed the woman had on no gloves.

“What are you doing,” I finally yelled. “Are you crazy? No boots, no parkas? It’s freezing out here! Get inside before you catch your death of hypothermia!” I shooed them to the door of my house. They scuttled off like little kitchen mice, and I could see them physically relax once they realised they were welcome and I was not going to smash them with my hammer.

I secured the gate, then went into the house, pulling the door shut behind me and locking it. I waved an arm across the dim entry towards the lounge. “Get in there, go sit by the fire, move it!” They complied and I followed, pushing them onto the sofa in front of the wood stove, shrouding one then the other with blankets, and then removing one then the other’s shoes, stacking their shoes neatly by the wood stove to dry. I took a moment to squeeze some life back into numb feet. I examined their feet and finally chastised them both, “You are very lucky. No frostbite. You are fools to be here in sneakers. Why are you here, how did you find this place?”

The woman answered. “We found it by accident. We had a car, it ran out of gas and we were stranded. We had no choice but to get out and start walking. We were coming north ‘cause we heard the zombies aren’t as bad up here. We had another person with us, a man named Kenny, but he went crazy and attacked me, so I had to kill him.”

I looked at her in shock. “You killed Kenny?” Then to no one in particular, I muttered, “Damn, they killed Kenny. But never mind!” I looked to the woman, a skinny lass with brown hair wrangled in pony tail. “You are here now. What are your names?”

“I’m Jane and this is Clementine.”

I looked to the girl. “You’ve got to be kidding. There is actually a real human being named Clementine? I’ve never even heard of that. You’re making that up.”

The little girl shook her head adamantly, big dark eyes sincere, “That’s my name. That’s what my parents named me!”

“I guess your parents had a sense of humour. Maybe they had been hoping for a cow. Well, never mind. I will get you both a coffee, and then something warm to eat while you thaw out.”

They both melted into their blankets, faces smoothing with relief as they seemed to relax probably for the first time in days. They were clearly exhausted but finally felt safe. I stood up to go to the kitchen and get what I needed to heat water for coffee. But I suddenly paused, eyes widening then moving to my stomach. My brows knitted as I slowly slid up my sweater and shirts, exposing my tummy. It was wriggling. Something inside it was moving and pushing against the skin. I watched it moving around. Jane and Clem watched too, confusion crossing their ardent gazes.

But that confusion quickly turned to bewilderment and horror as my stomach started to rip open. My eyes almost popped out of their sockets as I watched my stomach, my mouth agape, a blood curdling scream reverberating from the walls. Quickly, I grabbed my dictionary and looked up ‘reverberating’ to make sure it meant what I thought it meant, and yes that’s the correct word. Only it wasn’t me screaming, it was Jane, then Clem joined her. They were clearly bothered by what they were seeing. I felt something inside my body ripping and tearing apart an opening in my stomach. And then it poked it’s head out, a big, hairless fleshy blob with bugged out eyes, a half-formed nose, a distorted leer of a mouth… just holes where ears would be, and two long, skinny arms with tiny, malformed hands and twisted fleshy fingers that clung to the edges of my stomach as it peered around the room.

Looking down at it, I arched a brow. I held up a hand and nodded my head, “It’s all good, girls, just relax… it’s just my parasitic twin. Don’t worry… he doesn’t have teeth and won’t come out any farther.”

Jane and Clem sat I think catatonic. They were just sort of frozen stiff, even their faces petrified with expressions of stunned horror. They weren’t even blinking. I hoped they had not expired.

Then the creature poking out my tummy wiped its nose with the back of one hand and bellowed, “WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND!”

I scowled and slapped it upside the head. “You idiot, Billy, you’re in the wrong story! This is zombies, not basket case! FFS! Stop embarrassing me, crawl back inside.”

He glared at me, gave me the middle finger and pulled himself back into my tummy, tucking the flaps of torn flesh back in as I smoothed them down. I pulled my shirts back down and looked at Jane and Clem. I shrugged. “How ’bout that coffee?! Then we can talk about the show we are missing cause well there is no internet up here.” I clapped my hands and tussled excitedly off to the kitchen with a big grin on my face.

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Wiz
Faded – Nightcore

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I spend A LOT of time in YouTube checking out new songs and revisiting favorites from the past along with the many covers and remixes that abound. If a song hits me I add it to a channel called ‘Future Sets’. Although I tend toward the sad and emotional songs I also like songs that are funny or quirky.

The song, Faded, is originally by Alan Walker but I went with the Nightcore version because the lead vocal is male.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
TIME.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
No matter what your status is in this world (financially, socially, education or career) you can still be lost (faded).

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Things don’t always go as planned. I originally had another song in mind and I started building this set as the first part of a transition. I was running out of time so I went to my ‘Future Sets’ Channel to see what I could use with the set, Then went to Abranimations to see what new (to me) dances would work. I usually work with or make Full Perm or Copy/Modify items only so I can hard link them and restore to last position, but 1 or more pieces turned out to be no modify so I needed to unlink everything and check the pieces manually. The speakers I had bought turned out to be the culprits and they were mis-marked on the Marketplace. I will be sleeping-in this weekend to make up for the lost sleep.

My original plan will become next month’s set.

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Eva
with Zena, Lina, Gracie, Victory, Evers, Cowgrl, Misha and Nara
Xanadu Medley (2010 radio edit) – TJ Maggio

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
One of my guilty pleasure movies, when it came on again I knew I just had to do a dance to this amazing and upbeat song – plus I absolutely love hte muses. ** Public Service Announcement – if you haven’t seen the movie, you have got to watch Xanadu – but if you start looking for leg warmers and roller skates don’t blame me!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
I didn’t want to stick too closely to the movie in creating my dance, but still share the inspiration and magical feeling of it. The challenge was balancing that line, and creating a dance for 11 dancers.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
This dance was pure fun – the individual colors coming together to represent this amazing rainbow and the energy of all of 11 of us dancing together in unity.

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Kyser
with Taema, Haillie, Jo and Gabbi
STELLA ERRANS


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Gracie
with кεℓℓyX (greenie.flanagan), Nara Bellic (nara1), nadi (nara.zsun), Nela (arkarose) and Sammi (sammi.xaris)
fair poppins gracie mix

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I created a mix of Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins and a song from My Fairy Lady about two years ago, I wanted to create an act for it, but it sat on the shelf until I was asked to participate in a show to benefit RFL I found my inspiration.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Well considering this took me two years to create finding the inspiration that would drive how I wanted to present this was the biggest challenge.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It means that there is hope, hope for a cure, hope that we will raise enough funds to help find that cure so one day we can rejoice that cancer is no more.

4. How do you feel about Babypea’s ass? Any devotions you wish to publicly express?
Baby knows how to wiggle her ass! Devotions to Baby’s ass? hmmm, I am devoted to electing Baby’s ass into the hall of fame of asses. LOL

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Antonio
with Stoke, Seb, Kyser and Melvis
Shady Adam Lambert

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, It’s a Vampire series but not all mushy it’s a guys and Ladies type series. Hot Sex awesome fights and even has plots. I knew I wanted to bring the Black Dagger Brotherhood to the stage Zero Sum is the bar they hang at. They are a tight knight group and look out for each other. Each have their own inner demons but how they handle them and meet their mate is not all mushy but more believable..and they DON”T SPARKLE.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Finding just the right items to put the set together and truly represent the BDB, I knew what I wanted with it, and brought it to the stage.. Gray Goose Vodka is a staple in the black dagger brotherhood liqueur cabinet

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It was a tribute to my favorite series, I’ve met the writer and she lives very close. These books are awesome and bringing even a little piece of them to the stage was a goal for me. (notice none of us Sparkled) What better day to bring a a group of non sparkling Vampire men to stage than Friday the 13th.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
It was just a way for me to spend some time inside my favorite novels.
http://www.jrward.com/books/

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Nara
TBD


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Jilley
with Paul, Ant, Beebs and Cannon
Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes (Remix)

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Well who doesn’t like Elvis, right?

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Not having Pea’s ass in my dance this week!!

3. How do you feel about Babypea’s ass? Any devotions you wish to publicly express?
I worship the sun that shines out of it and bow down to it’s holiness!

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Lina
Crowd Dances
Sexy back
Can’t stop the feeling
Four minutes


The best part of any crowd dance… CANNON’S THONG!

Instead of joining the crowd on stage, Lina sat in the audience and counselled with Jesus. No doubt discussing the benefits of chastity.

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July 6th 2018 Show

Well. I know it’s the weekend, and welcome to it, but before we get to looking at tonight’s show, I wish to share a bad experience I had this week. Well… there has been a rash of phone call scams going on across Australia. The phone rings and it’s some guy with a very strong accent claiming to be calling from Telstra. Telstra is Australia’s primary phone company and ISP through Bigpond, and the only ISP I can get in the tiny town I call home. I know these guys ringing people are scammers because Telstra doesn’t just ring people up. Are you kidding? They prolly sit all day cringing in terror as their phones ring off the hook with calls from angry mobs whose internet keeps dropping. They are not going to just ring people up to see how their internet has been performing.

So the phone rings and it’s some guy with an accent saying, “Hello this is John from Telstra.” And I think, yeah, right. I am sick of these scammers ringing me every other day! Between them and the asshats selling solar panelling, we get our time wasted on a daily basis with all these useless phone calls. And when I politely tell them I already have solar, I don’t need more solar, I don’t have another residence that needs solar… they just argue and keep on and won’t SHUDDUP!

Well… I was in a bad mood and very tired and not fit to be trifled with the other day, so when John rang and said he was from Telstra, I said, “I have diarrhea, my stomach hurts, I have to use the toilet!” I then hung up on him. MAN, that felt good! To be so RUDE, so inappropriate, so poorly behaved to this NUISANCE… it felt so freeing! It was actually fun. I couldn’t wait for another one to call so I could see just how horrible I could get. I was feeling quite satisfied and looking forward to harassing THEM for a change with my new-found power as a rude and totally inappropriate person.

But you can imagine my shock and horror when my husband informed me later that day that John really WAS from Telstra, was in fact a technician who was ringing us about our elevated issue because our internet keeps dropping out.

Well. That was awkward.

Sorry, John.

Lesson to the rest of you: if you ring someone and they are oddly rude then hang up on you, they prolly think you are a telemarketer or scammer.

Poor John. Let us all take a moment of silence to absorb the disgrace of my faux pas!

Now that we have gotten through that, on to other news! Babypea’s Ass Fans will be thrilled to learn a fan has stepped up and offered a story laced with poetic prowess! BEHOLD the glorious creativity my ass has inspired! The writer of said vignette should receive an award, this is talent and dedication. My ass is so humbled!
*cues the drum roll*

BEHOLD!
I am proud to present a literary masterpiece entitled “Rear Ended By a Cow!”

 

REAR ENDED BY A COW!

Another blistering summer’s day in the land down under. 105 in the shade, god only knows what it is in the steaming sunlight, but I bet I could fry an egg on a shovel no trouble.

The dry hot wind was blowing in my face as I rode my quad bike behind the herd of 500 cattle I was droving in yet another long paddock, on the trail of looking for at least some grasses for the mob to feed on.
Skinny ass cows!

As I was contemplating the behinds of the young cows (there was very little else to do) trudging endlessly, one rear end took my eye, she was lagging way behind the herd. She was so different from the rest, a more rounded, plump rump (mmm rump roast!) and softly shaped. I thought to myself, I bet she would be popular in a herd of bulls with an ass like that.
Slutty ass cow!

Her tail swished elegantly, trying to shoo the flies away from her nether regions. I could see why so many flies were hanging around her ass. The slow boring walk along the roads had made her lazy, not lifting her tail when nature called, so she had cow dung all over her rump. Was that a fart I just heard?
Shitty ass cow!

The sun was sinking into the dusty hazy horizon, time to make camp. I stood up on my bike and could see a windmill and troughs ahead, ah good, the girls will have water for the night. I glanced over to the left and there was that cow keeping pace with me and my bike. She glanced over and I’m sure she smiled, and was that a wink?
Flirty ass cow!

Sitting by the fire, boiling my billy, who should walk into the surrounding firelight, but that big ass cow! I thought to myself, wtf is she doing here? Suddenly she plonked herself down, butt towards the heat of the fire.
Hot ass cow!

Why is she getting so familiar? Should I get my cattle dog Ripper to nip at her heels and send her back to her own? Or just let her stay by the fire. Maybe she is an outcast, maybe the other cows hate her ‘cos her ass is so fine.
Praiseworthy ass cow!

The crack of dawn (Who is Dawn? Do I know her crack?) appeared once more, and I could feel the hot air stirring as the sun inched over the horizon, another scorcher of a day ahead. Bloody hell, why do I feel jammed up against something? Where is my blanket? I sensed movement and heard snoring beside me…..that cow! She had snuggled that rear end right up against me. Thank god she wasn’t spooning me, rubbing her udder on me!
Blanket whore ass cow!

Ok, so it does get quite lonely out here, with just my dog to talk to. Maybe the cow could be my friend too. She seems to want to be friends. Maybe I will name her……yes, give the cow a name!
Nameless ass cow!

After a moment of pondering, it came to me like being thunderstruck! ……… BABYPEA!!!

BIG ASSED BOVINE YET PERFECTLY ENTICING ASS (Cow)

The Roo xox

*jumps up and down applauding loudly, crying out words of praise for such a brilliant composition*

I TOLD YOU SHE LOVES MY ASS!!

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Alexis
Enigma – Sadness part II


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Dear
Near, Justin Bieber ft. Sia & Ed Sheeran

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
The song itself. My song choices are usually songs that touch me in some way.

2. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
This act was a lot of fun and encouraged me to do some creative things with items that were meant to be used differently in my build.

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Kyshra
Lollipop – Mika

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Sometimes a goth girl just has to do something bright and chipper. Otherwise known as shock and awe at the unexpected. I decided to do this set as something totally out of my normal range of sets because I really love the song and it was just begging me to do it. Though I did debate hiding little sugar skulls in the grasses below the wheel. Just to see if anyone would notice.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The wheel. Definitely the wheel that represents the road/path from the video. None of the rotational scripts want to rez right coming out of the box and so you have to twiddle with it after rezzing. The same for the little candy carts. They never rez out where you put them for some reason. Sometimes you just have to make little tweaks at the time of the performance.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
This set was just a little bit of fluffy fun because I was in a sort of whimsical mood when I needed a set.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Expect the unexpected. And look for the Easter Eggs I sometimes hide in them.

5. How do you feel about Babypea’s ass? Any devotions you wish to publicly express?
It’s a mighty fine ass, to be sure.

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Adam
with Bella
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years [Official Music Video]

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Thousand Years by Christina Perry has been a fav song of Bella and Adam since it’s release. They had always talked of creating a dance routine to it and finally decided to make the commitment. In their routine, they travel through time with their sets and costume changes. Then, use beautiful particles and poofers to show the joyous moment of this couple arriving in a current day fantasy.

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Jilley
The Vampire Masquerade – Peter Gundry


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Luna
with Carol, Bylesse, Rhonda and Joszef
Queen of the damed

From the deths of the darkness we rise to feed and walk along the human side by side.
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Well what can we say about vampires , seductive, mysterious, irresistible, S&M , dark and sometimes beautiful. modern-day vampires are pretty well established. They have fangs, drink human blood, and can’t see themselves in mirrors.
The people who claim to be vampires are in the thousands worldwide, with demographics transcending borders, class, race and gender.
My show is an outtake from the movie (Queen of the Damned) This movie was very well made and pulls you in with the allure of the vampire, I know I was and although there is no way for me to show you the full movie , I can give you a taste.

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Babypea
with Web
Legends Never Die

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
It was actually the set that started the entire dance. I found this beautiful picture of a fantasy land on the internet, floating islands, so I showed it to Web and said, “Build this.” I wanted to use these silver statues that were really shiny, like chrome, and wanted to wear this really cool chrome avatar with it. That was her inspiration for the build and she put her own unique touches on it. When she finished the set, I realised it was much more epic than what I had in mind for the chrome avatars, it was an epic set. So I picked this song which is an epic, and was on my bucket list, from a favourite GMV (Game Music Video, a video compiled of clips from various video games). It was the perfect song for that set. And Web and I already had the costumes cause she had bought them for us and said she wanted us to wear them in a dance and they totally suited this dance. I really love the set for this one.

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Antonio
Crowd Dances
A Spartan Will Rise – “Wild Thing” | Military Motivation 2016 (HD)
HEROES – “Eye of the Storm” | Military Motivation (HD)
Light ’em up: Military Tribute


1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Originally it was my first outsiders set, I decided to make it into a crowd dance since it’s the end of the 4th of July weekend, thought I’d pick a military theme for the dance.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Actually this one none, I learned to put lines out where I want the balls before I rezz them makes it more organized.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It was fun and a way to end the 4th of July weekend.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just have fun, the songs were listed as Military motivational songs and I wanted to go a different way with music for my crowd dance this time.

5. How do you feel about Babypea’s ass? Any devotions you wish to publicly express?
Love you baby, but Hailie’s ass is the only one that keeps my eyes busy with that boom boom pow.

June 29th 2018 Show

My mighty steed’s hooves pounded the hardened trail like rhythmic thunder, the ground trembling as the great black beast raced across the meadow. He slowed for a small rise, picking his way hurriedly up the grassy hill between trees and rocks, dodging low-hanging branches, and deftly swerving around flowering shrubs and prickly clumps of bushes. Sunlight peeked between the boughs and limbs to dance across his mane and tail, so black in colour that they appeared dark purple in the light. As we reached the top of the escarpment, I glanced back for only a moment to see if my pursuer was still on the hunt. I frowned to see he was still there, a huge man bedecked in dark crimson leather and chain mail that was brassy in colour. Yet he wore no helmet. Instead, his thick snowy white hair lifted and tied at the back of his head.

I had been happily on my way to a *play date* with a very powerful wyvern. It was going to be an epic battle. Then this hunter started chasing me. Or was he an assassin? A soldier? Perhaps it was Seb in a wig, chasing me down to subdue my rebellion and have his way with me.

I kicked my horse in the sides with my boots, but not hard, there was never a reason to be kicking a horse hard. Horses are highly intelligent and mine was exceptional. He knew we were being pursued. He loved to run. He could read my mind. He knew what to do. We were as one. I named my horse Cloud. Because, well, the world was full of black horses named Ebony, so I decided the only proper name for MY black horse would be Cloud or Snow. It just made sense. To me. Down the rocky hillside Cloud went as fast as he could without toppling. I felt my guts pushing into my ribs, the jarring descent proving most uncomfortable.

He hit level ground in a dead run, bolting across the grassy plain at top speed. I felt the heat rising from his body, his laboured breaths coming in fast and sharp, the sweat from his skin permeating my trousers, which were skin tight to show off my fine, firm ass. A hardened ass from spending so much time on horseback. I did not use a saddle because I could never make the damn things stay on. I’d cinch the bitches up as tight as I could but every time, I’d go to put a foot in a stirrup and the saddle would slip to the side. This proved so frustrating, and my mother wasn’t always around to do it for me, so I decided, screw it. I will learn to ride bareback. Thus, my firm, hardened ass which had sculpted itself over time to accommodate my horse’s back in comfort. Yes, it was a fine, firm ass and firm thighs, well-muscled to be able to cling to my steed like a burr stuck in a cat’s tail.

I clung to Cloud as we raced towards swampy bottoms laden with dead trees from which hung drapes of ancient mistletoe. Fog canvased heavily in this place. Perhaps we could lose our pursuant in the mist. Cloud slowed, his hooves clopping through the sloppy ground. The lathered beast tossed his head back and he nickered softly in protest to the stench of this place. Senses on high alert, my mesmerising bluish-grey eyes scanned the boggy slough for sign of Drowners or Water Hags. Cloud finally stepped up on dry land. We sat a moment, relaxing as I perused the direction from which we had just come. No rider approached. I had given him the slip.

Suddenly, a hare bolted from a small bush, startling Cloud who leapt up, unseating me, as I had been fully relaxed, my thighs completely at ease. I fell from my mount and landed hard, knocking the wind from my body. A billion pinpoints of light burst in front of my eyes as my vision blackened. I gasped for breath, trying to remain conscious. I dragged myself to my feet as my vision cleared, air returning to lungs, blood and body. And then I saw him. The sly bastard, watching me through the bullrushes at the edge of the mire. I glared at him. He had dropped off his horse so that he could crouch down and creep forward unseen.

“What do you want,” I yelled, the sound of steel scraping against scabbard as I drew my sword. “Who are you? Why are you vexing me?” I crouched down a bit, extending my left arm as I raised my sword, taking two steps back then circling around to the left and creeping forward, hoping to bedazzle him with my prowess and style. He stood to his full height, drawing his sword. I assured myself size did not matter. Even though I knew for a fact that size DID matter… not so much length as width… well, it’s a lot easier to feel something big than something tiny.

I bit my bottom lip as I appraised the handsome lech, tall and powerfully built, looking like pure evil in leather and chain. He was way bigger and stronger but I was smaller and faster. I doubted I could take him in a physical battle but was sure I could most likely give him a nervous breakdown if I could draw him into a conversation. Not because I was a witch, but because I was a woman. I raised my sword overhead, tilting my right hand to point my blade directly at his face as I started to undulate towards him deliberately slow like a cobra seeking to enchant. I looked him in the eye and saw the cat-like slits he had for pupils. “What do you want from me? Why do you pursue me? Speak! Or do I intimidate you so much that your tongue has retreated?”

He swung at me and it was all I could do to dodge his reach, rolling to the right through the dry grass. Damn! He was too smart to engage in conversation with me, for he knew if we got to talking, I would soon enough have him totally confused and forever unsure as to what was what. After all, I was a woman and well-learned in the skills of confusing men with my dulcet tones. I glanced to the hillside, considered running, decided I would not get far, and then I charged him, unleashing a battle cry that I had learned from my mother the time she found out my dad had used her best Tupperware to store his screws, nuts and bolts in. He parried and steel sang out against steel, my arm rippling from the shock of his strength.

I crouched down, scooping up sand and rose, tossing it into his face in one fluid movement. I then lunged at him, throwing all my body into his, all my weight, knocking him off his feet and into the dust. Falling on top of him, we struggled, he rolled me over crushing me with his weight, so naturally I bit him on the cheek. Hissing and spitting up at him, he pinned my arms. I could feel his strong hands holding my wrists, his chest pressing down hard on my curves, his thighs immobilising mine. I glared up at him as he leaned his face into mine, so close I could feel his breath warm upon my lips. He considered me for a moment in silence, then his full lips parted and he growled, “Welcome to the weekend!”

He then stood up, yanking me to my feet. I scowled at him and he scowled back. “You have a show to do. It’s Friday night. So exit this game, log into Second Life… quit hiding the fact that you are a video game addict behind ‘I don’t feel good, I’m tired, I need sleep, I need to do dishes, I need to do homework, I need to do laundry’ and log into Second Life and GET to your SHOW!!!!”

My face fell. Defeated, I stamped in the dirt. “Fine. Asshole Witcher, you are.”

He almost smiled. “I’ll see you tonight after the show.”

“Bah!” I bellowed. He slapped my ass as I turned to walk to Cloud. “You better expect to be putting out tonight,” I yelled back at him. “And I want a REAL battle and a REAL conversation!”

Alexis
with Sammy Magic, Victoria, Gracie, Prestor, Cannon and Tristan
Fleur East – Sax

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
It is such a fun up beat song, and I just thought we could have so much fun with it and get the audience dancing in their seats a little

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Honestly not much.. other than I finally realized it was the one I wanted.. The theme I thought would be easy.. I was wrong.. lol You’d think a Summer theme would be easy to find a song for, for me I was stumped.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
No deep meaning here other than I just wanted people to dance and smile and have fun…

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Queenie
with Melina Aurotharius, Jorgio Vaher, and BB Schmooz
Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Nothing says summer like a picnic! Who invited these damn ants?!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
How do ants move? People get *ants in their pants* what do ants get?

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Just for fun, the album it came from is a fabulous one and I have always loved the song.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Ant lives matter! Don’t spray us or squish us, we are just hungry!

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Gracie
with Tristan, Jorgio, Paul, Jilley, Rhonda, Nara, Que and Lina
Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I chose this song because I love it, when I hear it i cant help but dance along. The inspiration was just wanting to have fun and celebrate summer.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
I decided to use the trio dances for this one, it was a challenge to transition out of them, because of the positions needed for the dancers.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
When I hear this song, it brings back wonderful memories from my childhood, we would go camping, have picnics, go fishing, and just have a great time. But also its about having fun.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I wish for all of you a summertime filled with moments with your loved ones that you will cherish forever.

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Mikiko
with Zena and Rhonda
MARTHA and THE VANDELLAS – Heatwave!

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I love the classic summertime songs and this was one of my favorite.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Trying to get each girl through the side door of the shack and not go into the walls lol.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Oh this was just purely FUN!

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just a reminder that summer comes and goes way too fast so enjoy it while you can!

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Taema
with Nara, Nadi, Kelly, Kyser and Wiz
Bumble Bee – unknown artist


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Luna
with Paul Woodrunner
Hungry eyes


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Jilley
with Baby and Paul
Mr. President – Coco Jambo

Jilley is a cow and never does the mini-interviews! So I have decided to answer her questions for her. *rubs hands together and mutters, “This is going to be fun.”*

It’s like she knew. She somehow knew I was going to answer her questions for her, so to FOIL MY PLANS she… for the first time EVER!!… answered one of the questions! Humph. Well. I suppose I will include her own answer here, in her own words.

What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
This song had no special deep meaning…..It is just a fun and upbeat tune that I love ……. and Babypea and I look damn hot. Oh and there is a bar with a hot barman, serving lots of yummy cocktails! Barman…..drink please, keep em coming!!!!

But what she really meant to say regarding her true motivation for this dance is as follows. She is just shy:

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I saw Babypea’s ass and thought, ‘OMG that is the BEST ASS EVER, I must feature it in a dance! A bikini, to show off those fine firm buns… yes, a beach set!!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Trying to control my racing heart every time I would look at Pea’s ass. Made rehearsals difficult, so I finally decided I had to rehearse using an alt. Having Pea’s ass there was just too much excitement for me, and was messing with my concentration.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It’s all about Babypea’s fabulous ass, and paying homage to it.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Please IM me if you are interested in joining my new group, Pea’s Ass Fans, which will feature special Pea’s ass tags, a new ass shot each week, special events such as the open mic “What Pea’s Ass Means To Me” spoken word contest, plus other perks.

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Antonio
Crowd Dances
Pitbull – Fun (Audio) ft. Chris Brown \
Inrique Iglesias – MOVE TO MIAMI (Lyric Video) ft. Pitbull
Will Smith-Miami+lyrics


1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I picked these songs for the summertime party vibe, I wanted it to feel like we were in Miami Partying an celebrating Summer.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
This set just came to me, I had seen a lot of things I wanted to use for a set, the only think I would say is the biggest challenge for me still placing all the balls.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It was just fun, I’ve never been to Miami, so I brought Miami to The Empire room, or at least I hope I gave it that vibe.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just having fun, enjoy the waves kicking up and let your mind escape to the Miami Coast, with that vibe taking over you’re soul.

June 22nd 2018 Show

It was getting late. Wasn’t it always getting late? Well anytime anything sinister was about to happen. The sun was starting to drop down in the northwest. Being in Australia, the sun rose in the northeast and set in the northwest. What is it called when the sun is directly overhead… not north, south, east, or west but in the direct centre of all directions. What direction is that? Straight up? Is there a word for that direction? High noon? There was no such thing as high noon in Australia. The sun was never directly overhead.

But I digress. I use the word ‘digress’ in a sentence, as though I actually truly know what it means, when in fact I am only using it as I have heard others use it, not truly knowing it’s definition. We do that all the time as humans, don’t we. What does it really mean? Digress: leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing.

But I digress from my digression.

I was walking down the street, well on the sidewalk in our little conventional-box-home neighbourhood. I had of course just gotten off the bus and was walking towards my house that looked like every other cookie-cutter house in this cramped compound with the tiny front yards, houses perhaps ten feet apart and eight-foot-tall privacy fences encasing every backyard. I stepped off the tree-lined curb to cross the road of the cul-de-sac wherein was found my home as part of a tiny semi-circle of houses.

It had rained recently, and water droplets splattered from my sneakers with each step as I approached the other side of the street. I glanced to the curb as I approached, deliberately avoiding making eye contact with the sewer that ran like a big gaping mouth along a portion of the curb. I turned slightly that I would arrive at the curb to the right of the sewer, thereby preventing me from having to interact with it. I detested sewers. I had never trusted them and always tried to avoid noticing them. Or more like, tried to avoid them noticing me. I was always sure they were aware of me, and watching… always watching. Waiting. Waiting for me to get close enough that I would slip down their slopes and be swallowed whole by their orifices, to fall into some bottomless pit and be forever trapped or worse, just gone… falling falling falling forever.

Yes, I suffered from severe cloacaphobia, a fear of sewers. Ever since I was a child, I was convinced they had intelligence. They were an entity of sorts.

Sewers were the spawn of evil and what horrors stewed in their secret chambers was the work of devils and Mrs. Kraus, my former Algebra teacher… that old bitch. Trolls lived under bridges and Algebra teachers lived in sewers. I was sure of it. Stagnate water and mosquito breeding grounds, or swift, raging underground rivers, collections of waste and rubbish, or echoing howls of things not of this world (like Algebra teachers), lurking shadows, and the wailing of the damned (like Algebra students)… I just knew whatever was to be found in sewers, none of it in my mind was good.

My heart always started beating a tiny bit faster when I had to avoid a sewer. I would be fine as soon as I was up the curb and back on the sidewalk. But this time, something caught my eye. Something white and a bit large caught the light, reflecting from inside the sewer. I paused, always a bad idea. Curiosity always got me into trouble. I knew I should just keep going, but it was almost like, I had to know… I had to solve the mystery, least IT come slithering out of the sewer and follow me home. I had to find out for sure.

I leaned down a bit and looked directly into the sewer, my eyes struggling to adjust to the darkness I was peering into. Something white moved. I tilted my head and squinted, creeping a bit closer. My fingertips braised the damp blacktop of the street. WHAT the FUCK was it!! Red, I could now make out the colour red. I leaned in. Red… nose! White grease-painted face, wild orange hair sticking straight up and clear eyes that seared into me with an intense, luring stare that seemed to want to devour my soul. And big, fat red lips that suddenly curled into a devious smile, revealing big teeth. The lips parted and the clown chided, “Welcome to the weekend!”

I stood back up and stamped the ground with my right foot. “Dammit Billy, you almost gave me a heart attack! Get out of there and get home! It’s getting dark, you idiot. We’ve got a show to do tonight, so get moving.”

My brother, Billy. He did love to hide in sewers and freak people out. Just for fun. No wonder I had cloacaphobia. And sure enough, IT was dragging itself out of the sewer and following me home. Laughing at me. Idiot!

Babypea
with Gunner and Web
Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I love this song, love scat and love the energy! It gives me dancing feet in RL so I thought it would be a heap of fun to dance to in SL.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Getting my other half to go shopping and buy the suit! I also could NOT get the timing right on the waypoints when the trio dance to the side and back again. He kept arriving after the girls or before, not in time with them, even though the times were exactly the same for all three dancers and the distances between waypoints for all three dancers from start to finish remained the same. It makes no sense. I spent several hours adjusting the timing on the waypoints and no matter what I tried, nothing worked. I finally got them tolerable but they are still not right. It is annoying to work this long and hard on a dance and find it utterly impossible to remedy an ugly spot. I have never had this happen before with waypoints and still am mystified as to why.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It is a ton of fun, slick, bouncing, and a really good time.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Scatman John actually really did stutter in RL and yet he sang so brilliantly. I think he was amazing and inspiring. I agree with him, the stutter and the scat are the same thing. It’s like most things in life, all about perspective.

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Ally
with Eva
“One Night in Bangkok” from the Broadway show “Chess”


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Si
with Lina, Kyser and Jilley
Man Of The Woods, Justin Timberlake

Thank you to R. Crap Mariner for the above photo.

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
It is a good Justin Timberlake song, and they are always good to choreograph dances to.
Its a nice catchy number too that you dont get sick of when you have to listen to it for hours working on a dance.
Plus I already had a good set that works with the dance.

2. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
This is a fun dance, no deep meaning, just enjoyable.

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Denyaii
with Cara, Fiji, Hallie, NaeNae, Oriya, Sammy, SoCo, Vanity, Web
Janet “BurnItUp”

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I Love Janet…one of my favorite artist

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Getting the spots right on stage

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?’
It’s fun and entertaining…was a rL dancer and i miss it but with sL i can keep doing smiles…don’t need ben’gay…well maybe for my fingers

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I hope they was entertained and can feel the song as i do

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Kyshra
When Doves Cry – Shaman’s Harvest

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I fell in love with “When Doves Cry” a long time ago when it was originally released by Prince. It holds a lot of memories for me in general, and when I stumbled on the acoustic cover by Shaman’s Harvest, I just had to find a way to bring it to life in an original way. I’m sure there are a lot of ways to do the song, but I wanted to do something very different than what you might see, so I tried to avoid any colors or elements that would be reminiscent of the original artist and landed on nighttime at the ocean and a very minimal set.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
For this act, it was entirely set based. I’ve not worked with actual waves in a set before and these beasties want to move around no matter where I anchor them. So there’s always some last minute adjustments to make while standing and waiting for the intro music to go away.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I first listened to “When Doves Cry” when I was in my teens and was having some rough days. It just spoke to me and was kind of haunting. It always stuck with me and I thought that it was telling a story of passion and desire and transformation. The costume chains represent the parts of the song that speak to me of being restrained and boxed into certain roles and trying to escape the limited boxes of our lives. I decided to represent the struggle to change things while being held back at the same time with those and the costume change from flowing material that hides some of the chains down to only having chains and gems on to represent breaking free from what hides us while still feeling held back.

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Adam
with Bella
Ed Sheeran / All Of The Stars [Official Video]

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I saw the movie and was extremely touched with the movie and the relationship between the two dying kids

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Two sets took a while, creating the streaming text across the back of the stage, the heart beat monitor, the clouds to look just right to present a view of heaven

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I love the music and the meaning behind the song, and especially the positive messages that come out of it

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I hope that others enjoy the music and our portrayal of the music in our set and dance and props and effects

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Elayn
with Khaos and Sam
That Other Girl – Sevdaliza

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I love Sevdaliza. I like the music style and ‘edginess’ of her music. That really was the inspiration for me.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
I wanted to use a particular graphic special effect and had to learn some “tricks” to make it work.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I think it speaks to a common inner desire to be someone else. To not be happy with self. Not right or wrong, but real.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
It’s all ‘me’. There is no “Other Girl”.

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Lina
Crowd Dances
Kelly Clarkson American Woman
Eminem Remind Me
Come Together



1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
The songs I chose for the crowd dance are all remakes or samples of songs I grew up loving. They were a fun way to remember the past and enjoy a new twist on the classics.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
I have a hard time keeping the animations in a crowd dance “unisex” Most acts I do are all female and have a lost of sensual movement in them, for the sake of our manly men on staff and in the crowd I try my best to keep you all from doing too much hip shakin and shimmying

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
THis was all good fun and rock for a Friday night.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just grab a ball an hold on, I promise you a great time 😉

June 15th 2018 Show

It was not that late, but being winter in the Land Down Under meant the sun set early. So, though it was not quite 6pm, the sun had already abandoned the scene, leaving a chill hanging in the air that exhaled frosty breath on my prickled skin. I huddled into my faux fur wrap, the balls of my feet feeling frozen with each step I took. I silently cursed having chosen pumps over snugly boots as my heels clacked on the concrete, echoing off the walls of closed shops and down shadowy alleys. I had taken a bus which, like the rest of the city, was oddly abandoned. Where was everybody? Where were all the people? Street lights and dimly-lit shop display windows didn’t do much to offer any comfort or hope of civilisation. I then became aware of a second set of footsteps, echoing behind me, following each step I took.

I didn’t want to appear worried. So it was with calculated casualness that I peered back over my right shoulder, sharp eyes scanning the misty street. And there I saw him. Only a quick glance, as I immediately returned my view to where I was going rather than where I had been, mostly because, as I said, I didn’t want to appear vulnerable. But he was back there. A tall man of course, why are tall men always the villains? Based upon my own experiences, short men are far more devious. But this man was tall, his silhouette long and lanky, and I saw the hint of long dark hair draping down from under a dark fedora. My heart leapt for a moment. Maybe it was Seb! And we could sneak down the alley for a quick tryst, finally fulfilling one of my greatest all-time fantasies! Hurriedly, I dug in my purse for my pocket dictionary to look up “tryst” and make sure it meant what I thought it meant.

But what if it wasn’t Seb? What if it was… oh gawd no, not him… I quickened my pace, seeing off in the short distance bright lights and hearing some noise. The sound of a crowd, a voice blaring over a loud speaker… a club? Civilisation! I went from fast walking to a slow trot, careful to only go but so fast in these heels. But the steps behind me quickened as well. My heart started to pound, my chest tightened. I suddenly felt I could not catch my breath! Surely I had time to make it to the club, it was just up ahead… move faster! But my feet were frozen and felt to be breaking with each step. Finally I chanced a glance back, and in horror saw it was not Seb, it was… some other long, lanky man! And he was right behind me, close enough to grab me! I could smell his musky cologne blending with the frosty night air, I could feel the warmth of his body slightly easing the chill of mine, my eyes met his and I stopped in my tracks, mesmerised.

He was not Seb, but he was still beautiful. He was gorgeous.

He smiled at me, stepping right up in front of me. I must have looked like a giddy school girl. I smiled weakly back, waiting for him to lift me into his arms, carry me down an alley and TAKE me in a manly way! He parted his lips. I held my breath in anticipation. Then he said, “Welcome to the Weekend!” He then hurried past me, up the stairs and into the club.

I turned, my eyes following him with scornful disappointment. “ASSHOLE!” I yelled. “Ya TEASE!” Humph! Next time send a short man, they know how to carry a woman off for a proper tryst! Stamping my foot, I plodded up the stairs and into the club. Perhaps I would find him and throw a drink or a crab salad on him for not ravishing me. What was this place? The Empire Room. Where a dance troupe, Elysium Cabaret, were about to perform. I settled down with a martini and enjoyed thawing out as I waited for the show to start. Maybe I would like this. Maybe I should audition and become a dancer?! That would make him sorry for not carrying me off when he had the chance, once he saw me on the big stage. That would teach him to be a gentleman, dammit! What was in the show? Let’s take a look!

With thanks to R. Crap Mariner for the great pics… to see more photos of this show plus other shows and troupes, visit Crap’s fabulous Flicker at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/isfullofcrap/sets/72157681703250966

Jo
with Gracie and Nara
Gymnopedie 1&3 Mix – Ten Strings

Very much beautiful and so artsy!

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Mikiko
with Zena and Rhonda
Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall

Super fun act with sexy school girls!

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Lina
with Que, Josie, Nara, Eva, Web
Caro Emerald Just One Dance

Lina is back with her posse of gorgeous gals!

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Seb
with Si, Adam, Jo, Jilley and Diawa
Surfing (Edit mix)

Sexy Seb and friends carried off by some really big waves!

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Wiz
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane

OMG Wizlice!! Go ask Wizlice! We love our Wizlice!!

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Diawa
with Nara
‘ Pillow Talk’ by Zayn

Romance and sweet times!

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Jilley
with Lina and Eva
2 UNLIMITED – TRIBAL DANCE

Badassery a la Jilley Struck!

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Eva
Crowd Dances
Tonight is What It Means to be Young – Streets of Fire
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
Bat out of Hell – Meatloaf


Eva is very much cool dancing the crowd with very much cleverness!

June 8th 2018 Show

I was reclined on a train, sound asleep and most likely snoring, on my way to Melbourne. Every now and then, I would stir and waken, look around, then close my eyes again, thinking of the show that I was missing and hoping it was going well. Hoping the alarm woke my other half up in time to DJ and log in my av who was dancing in Adam’s dance. In going-on six years, I have missed few Elysium shows. Doing so causes me to worry lots. Can the show survive without me? Will everything still come together and happen without me there to micromanage busy details and put out fires? Okay, I am being cheeky here. Facetious even. With Paul, Jilley, the Gman, and Wiz, plus a professional, dedicated staff of choreographers and dancers, this show hardly needs me. All reports assured, the show was fantastic, and no one even noticed I wasn’t there. Especially since my avatar was logged in and performing in Adam’s dance….

Where was I, you ask? Oh. You didn’t ask. Well. Allow me to display some attention-seeking behaviour by telling you anyway. My daughter recently turned 18 in RL and wanted to get mother/daughter tattoos to celebrate and commemorate this momentous occasion of her surviving an entire childhood with me as her mother. I have never had, nor wanted, a tattoo. But I thought it was a sweet sentiment, so I agreed. Thus, we were on our way to the city to get inked by the tattoo artist whose style my daughter had fallen in love with. Having zero pain tolerance, I was terrified. I am happy to report that I felt not even a split second of pain. I now have a beautiful open clam shell with a pearl and some watercolour in the background tattooed on my chest, just above my heart. Because, well, pearl is my daughter’s birthstone, and she is the pearl of my world. And she got a humpback whale, my favourite animal, in the same area of her chest. You want to see a picture, don’t you!! What? I am boring you? Oh dear!

I am now home and loving my tattoo and happy to post some pictures and even a few words from creators about Friday’s show. Thank you to all who participated, either on stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience, to make it another wonderful Friday night. Welcome to the weekend!!
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Huge thanks to Crap Mariner for many of these pictures. To see more of Crap’s work, visit:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/isfullofcrap/sets/72157681703250966
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Kyshra
Wicked Game – Ursine Vulpine

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Music is usually where I start when an idea strikes me. It’s the music that catches my attention and sort of sinks into my brain and won’t get out until I’ve built something for it. The sets, the costumes, the choreography, all of that flows out of the music itself. I’ll be sitting somewhere, listening to a DJ or driving home from work, and I’ll hear something that just reaches out and says “THIS. I must do this.” Then it doesn’t let go until I build it.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
This dance went through about 3 different builds until I found one item at the Alice In Wonderland event. I brought it home and the set just fell into place. The music with it and the costume from another event just all built on each other.

Photos by Crap
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Adam
with Bella, Sammy, Web, Babypea
“THE LITTLE MERMAID” [Under The Sea DubStep Remix!] -Remix

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Bella and I have been wanting to create a mermaid routine. I didn’t have music in mind but began looking a few weeks ago when we were invited to join Elysium. I found a really fun mashup of Little Mermaid’s Under the Sea. A lot of the bubbles and moving plants that are available in SL cannot be used with the regular dance routine tools so we had to create some of our own.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The mermaid dance animations were new to us. Most are not fast movement so the movement doesn’t go as well with the rhythm of the music, but they are graceful and look nice with the mermaid costumes. The movement matches as a 4 beat instead of what we would normally do as a 2 beat.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It’s a fun song. The mermaids and animations are relaxing and make us think of the quietness and peacefulness of the ocean. The moving plants add to the tranquility. We start on the sunny beach with mermaids dipping their tails in the water – who doesn’t like the sun and beach?

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
This is meant to be fun and peaceful and enjoy – we hope that those that see the routine will enjoy it as much as we did creating it.

Photos by Crap
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Queenie
with Cael Szondi
Grace VanderWaal – Light The Sky


Photos by Crap
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Jilley
Neland – All by Myself


Photos by Crap
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Sarah
with Ginty Bachem
Little Mix – Secret Love Song (Official Video) ft. Jason Derulo

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Hmmm i think it was the tempo and the song is of a secret love..

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Trying to get it fluid tho in places its not 100% perfect but it was done way back in the early days of my choreo.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Well it was around the time my nana passed away so in ways its more the point of i will always love her. So in ways i held back in performing this for that reason, but i’m okay today so now that time has passed.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
That its fun to dance infront of everyone and to show the different levels of creativity.

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Melvis
with andytez dumpling, web sass, JMB balogh
Moments in Love


Photos by Crap
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Lina
with Nara & Corri
Hila Davidson/ Satisfaction’s Guaranteed


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Elayn
Crowd Dances
Blues Bros Mix
M. Gunner – Jake
Paul – Elwood
Lina, web sass, Jilley, Elayn – Blues Sisters

I apologize profusely, I do not have any pictures from the crowd dances. If anyone got any, please forward them to me and I will get them posted. I saw Elayn’s “Blues Brothers” audience participation dance set during rehearsal, and it was fanfriggentastic! I would very much like some pictures of it to post. Meanwhile, here is a pic of my tat to tide y’all over. If you scroll down a bit and pan left a little, you will get to see my left boob as well.
My Tat2

My daughter’s tat. Not that this has anything to do with Elysium, other than causing me to miss the show, I am just attention-seeking. *snorts*
Alana's Tat

June 1st 2018 Show

The limos cruised down the strip, passing by flashing bright lights, big spenders scurrying about in their finery, hawkers calling out over the sound of big band music. It was Friday night, there was excitement in the air… anticipation of fabulous entertainment, gorgeous stars, and sexy dancers, with an audience full of powerful men in tuxes and lovely ladies dripping in diamonds. Also the occasional pickpocket lurking in the shadows. The curtains were about to raise in The Empire Room at Copperhead Road sim, presenting one of the longest-running shows on the Strip: Elysium Cabaret was about to take the stage. Strap yourselves in and welcome to the weekend!

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Luna
with Jorgio, Joszef , Cowgirl and Bylesse
Havana

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Norwegian cruise lines has recently started offering overnight excursions the Havana Cuba, I live in South Florida and we have a large Cuban population.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Capturing the Cuban Spirit.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
President Carter open our borders to Cuba. April 21: First boatload of Cuban refugees from port of Mariel arrives in Florida.
May 5: President Jimmy Carter offers open arms to Cuban refugees.
May 6: An estimated 17,636 refugees have landed in Florida and 133 have been detained for having been convicted of serious crimes in Cuba.
May 14: President Carter abandons offer of open arms in favor of program designed to reduce influx of refugees and exclude those who had been imprisoned in Cuba for serious nonpolitical crimes.
June 1: Five hundred of the 18,000 Cuban refugees at detention center at Fort Chaffee, Ark. riot; National Guard called in.
June 7: Carter orders Justice Department to expel refugees who had committed serious crimes in Cuba.
Sept. 26: Cuba closes Mariel Harbor, ending boatlift; refugee total in U.S. stands at 125,000.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Since the U.S. took in 125,000 people from Cuba the Cuban community has grown and they have settled in bringing their culture here. I believe that every country has its own rich heritage and we can all learn from one another.

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Sarah
EPIC POP | ”Eve Of Destruction” by J2 [feat. Lola]


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Antonio
with Paul, Stoke, Ray, Tray
G.I. Blues

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
When I first heard it I knew it would be perfect for the outsiders who don’t love Elvis

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Getting proper depth to make it look like a desert, flying the copter in.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It was a salute to the veterans my grandfather was in world war 2. I wasn’t able to serve so entertaining those who did was an honor for me.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I tore it apart 4 times before I got it where I wanted it.

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Ariel
with Gunner
Duffy- Mercy


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Web
Lindsey Stirling – Song of the Caged Bird


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Simi
The Wolf and the Moon

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I actually heard this song on my SL Mom and Dad’s Sim. My SL mom was working on her stuff for Fantasy Faire and had their radio channel on the land. I heard it and started working on the routine.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Finding dance moves that to me would honor the spirit of the wolf

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Well I pretty much took my self out of my comfort zone. I normally dance to 60, 70’s and 80’s music, so this was actually a stretch for me. But I love wolves, to me they are one of God’s majestic creatures and they have always intrigued me.

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Jilley
with Paul, Diamonte, Ant, Wiz and Eva
Johnny Gill – The Floor


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Lina
Crowd Dances
Oh my by Haley Rheinhart
Zoot Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Box of Secrets by Zarif

May 25th 2018 Show

It was another exciting Friday night as the sun set and the red carpet lit up with our distinguished guests, our frams coming out to welcome in the weekend with the Elysiums, in The Empire Room on Copperhead Road sim! While DJ Ame bounced the gathering crowd with tunes, Jilley and Paul welcomed each guest with smiles and complimentary champagne. Backstage was buzzing as dancers warmed up, put on makeup, adjusted costumes, and peeked nervously between the curtains to steal glimpses of the audience, in anticipation of another fabulous show. Here is what the show looked like, with thanks and appreciation to all who participated, whether they did so from the stage or the audience:

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Ally
“Heroes” by Peter Gabriel (cover of David Bowie)


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Luna
with Alexis, Blysse and Gracie
Under the boardwalk – Drifters

Thank you to Jorgio for the picture.


Thank you to Chopper for the picture.
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Ariel
with Dev
Carrie Underwood- The Champion


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Mikiko
VERA LYNN-Bless ’em all
(For all World War II Sweethearts)


1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
THE THEME WAS MEMORIAL DAY AND ALTHOUGH I AM NOT AMERICAN I TRIED TO SHOW AS MUCH FOR THIS SPECIAL THEME AS I WOULD IF IT WAS A CANADIAN THEME.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
NOT ANY REALLY I ENJOYED DOING THE SET IT WAS FUN.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
OHHH FOR SURE MOSTLY FUN, BUT ALSO TRYING TO SHOW RESPECT FOR THE THEME.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
DOES NOT MATTER WHAT COUNTRY YOU ARE FROM WE ALL SHOULD HAVE LOVE AND RESPECT FOR OUR OWN AS WELL AS OTHER COUNTRIES.


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Lina
with Josephine, Queenie, Ariel, Hailie, Nara, Alexis
Bayou Boogie Jordan Antonia

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I have been wanting to do this song for a long time, the beat just really made me want to move. With Memorial Day it all seemed to melt together perfectly.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
This will sound boring but this act came together like a dream, and they rarely do. So this time I am just counting my blessings.

3. What does this dance mean to you?
I always love a vintage style… but this song gives it a modern edge that really makes it entertaining.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just sit back and enjoy:)

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Babypea
with Web
THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE – Get Ready to RAMPAGE

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I just love this song, the energy in it, I love K-Pop and J-Pop.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Web built the set and the choreo was a blast, but the particles were difficult because they are not named in the HUD (just texture images, and many look very similar) so changing them is hard. There are a lot of textures in the HUD, and I have to click through to find the right ones and try to remember when in the dance to change them… the song does not really have words, so particle change cues are tricky. They have to be changed manually during the dance, so it is a bit messy and is never exactly the same twice.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
This was pure fun and weirdness, I love the zany choreography and the costumes are so cool.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I created it with Web Sass.


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Queenie
SEVDALIZA – HUMAN

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
~I heard the song while listening to youtube one day and could immediately see the set I wanted to build, so I ran with it.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
~rotation scripts are always a struggle for me, this was no exception.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
~just creepy fun!

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
~The lyrics say it all:
“I am flesh, bones, I am skin, soul I am human.
Nothing more than human.
I am sweat, flaws, I am veins, scars I am human.
Nothing more than human.”
We all are perfectly imperfect.

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Jilley
Crowd Dances
MADISON RISING – God Bless America
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
James Brown – Living in America

May 18th 2018 Show

Welcome to the weekend! It was another Friday night in The Empire Room at Copperhead Road. Paul and Jilley greeted guests whilst I wrangled details for the upcoming road show at the RFL’s Home and Garden Expo on Monday at 6pm SLT. Huge thanks to DJ Corri for filling in for DJ Gunner. Here is what the show looked like! And have a read from those who chose to participate with the choreographer’s perspective of their dances.

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Nara
“I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables
A beautiful ballet to a legendary song.

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Les Miserables has always been one operatic that has moved me. I cried most of the way through it being fortunate enough to see a live production. The emotions it conveyed was totally heart wrenching. This particular song was one that I could ‘feel’ perhaps the strongest.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
a… Wanting to convey to the audience the emotions behind the dance, hoping they would be ‘lost’ in the act and music. Sense how I was feeling, as the character I am portraying (Fantine). Move them. I admit freely, when doing this dance, I tear up. Guess it is part of who and what I am.

b.. Knowing it would be a slow dance, had to make sure that I moved from the rear to the front without sliding. (Hate slides!!!) plus getting there, to the front of the stage, as quickly as possible.

c. Choosing the right animations at certain points of the routine. Lordie, tried this and that till finally was satisfied. Did I mention I like smooth transitions also. Lol.

d. The set build was important too. Giving it depth. I think I achieved that.

e. Not using any bells and whistles apart from the darkening of the set at one point and a light ray appearing. I relied solely on the dance. Alone.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I cannot say it was fun. It was a need to express my interpretation, in dance, of how Fantine was feeling. I want to quote here please. ……..

“Fantine sings “I Dreamed a Dream.” In it, she comments on how innocent she was, how romanticized her view of the world was, and how that has all come tumbling down around her. It is sung at the point in the musical where she finds herself without a job as she tries to support her young daughter, Cosette. ”

Yes I did enjoy creating it. It truly came from my heart, an inspiration.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Only that I hope they enjoy it. Maybe dabbed their eyes slightly. I hope so. That is all I really desire.

Thank you.

Nara

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Antonio
The Spencer Lee Band – The Wolf
The epitome of hawt, Antonio steams up the Elysium stage!

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Just really felt the song, had a vision when I heard it.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The fades mostly and the car had one disappear.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I think when a woman can bring out the beast in her man be it wolf or lion she will get ravished just right.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Hailie kept the lion in me well hungry when I was going this set.


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Luna
with Joszef
When I Fall in Love
Romance is in the air.


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Queenie
The Sunpunchers – Hooker Shoes
Shoes! Excellent mover work and a costume change, clever set and great choreo!

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
~Who doesn’t love shoes? The shoes in the song *call out to her* so she has to get them. I completely understand!

~Inspiration? When I was younger, you see, I was living in the ratty old apartment. At night I had to walk the streets to get money. One night this amazing man drove up in a silver Delorean and asked me for a *date*….to make a long story short, I spent a week with him in a fancy hotel and then we fell in love. He was my knight in shining arm…..wait…..no no that was a movie I was watching….

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
It is sometimes a challenge to pass your vision on to the audience….but it’s about shoes, and loving shoes, and talking to shoes…..

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Totally silly and fun!

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Ladies, when the shoes talk…..listen!


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Kyshra
Twisted Transistor – Korn
Kyshra returns to the stage with her unique style of mythical metal.


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Jo
with Seb, Queenie and Gracie
Big Spender – Shirley Bassey
Jo lures Seb into spendin’ some time with her on the dance floor.


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Jilley
with Lina and elayn
All That Jazz – Glee
Very slick production, superb choreo and gorgeous gals jazzin’ it up!


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Elayn
Crowd Dances
DemBeats
Stylish and fun, Elayn ends the show with the party on the stage, Elysium-style! Big thanks to Elayn for all her hard work and dedication in creating such a dynamic, colourful stage and for making fabulous dances to such incredibly fun songs! Also a big thanks to our frams for coming out to welcome in the weekend with us.

May 11th 2018 Show

What a great show this was, so much variety and every dance had something that made it unique and very special! So much talent, I feel so privileged to have such creative and dedicated people sharing their performances on the Elysium stage… in The Empire Room at Copperhead Road sim. Thank you to all our choreographers, dancers, and all the staff who work so hard behind the scenes to bring it all together… Paul Woodrunner, Jilley, The Wiz, DJs Gunner, Corri, and Miss Ame, and MEEEEEEEEEE yes I am in there somewhere! Have a look at the pics and read what some of the choreographers had to say about their dances! Cheers!

Wiz
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Willa Amai
He is just… delicious *swoons*


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Corri
with Ray
Little Mix – Touch
50 Shades of Corri and Ray!


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Si
with Diamonte, Joszef, Antonio, Nik, Prestor, Excalibur, Seb, Paul, Wiz and Sinbad
Daft Punk, Pentatonix
MENS! MENS MENS AND MORE MENS! Thank you so much, Si!

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
It is a really fun song and with a variety of music styles in one number. It gives me a chance to be more creative and have everything from Swing, Robot and R & B Animations all in the same dance.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Having 12 men on stage, with 3 groups dancing different animations at the same time. All the animations needed to work with the music and seem to be part of the wider number. Everything had to be part of the one routine.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
This is a fun dance, but this is an updated version of a dance I did a few years ago for Relay for Life Cancer Charity in SL. Now there is more colour and a beach party theme, but it is always an upbeat and fun dance.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
The preparation time back stage to get everyone in the dance onto the right dance huds and the right animations, and on the correct dance movers. It is run with military precision to make sure everyone is right ready for the dance at the start, so then everyone can enjoy it and have fun.

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Taema
with Kyser
Can’t Stop That Feeling by Justin Timberlake
How I loved this dance… colourful, unique costumes, an interesting set and fabulous choreography, a dance I hope to see again!


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Ally
“Crystallize” by Lindsey Stirling
Excellent use of advanced lighting effects and likes of sparkle!


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Lina
with Josephine, Hailie, que and Alexis
The Dame Says, Ivy Levan
Lina’s gang of sexeh babes gonna kick yo arse 😀

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
This song would not get out of my head, it haunted me until I made it.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The timing of the fades and working the different set designs and movers into place.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
The song has a great sound to it, Ivy Levan her voice is just tremendous

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just sit back and enjoy:)

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Elayn
Prototype – Viktoria Modesto
Elayn once again fascinates the mind with a dance that is pure brilliance.

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I was very inspired by Victoria Modesta who is a RL amputee, but she doesn’t see it as any sort of disability, it’s her inspiration to be unique and amazing!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The first part is a recording of the similar movements in RL. Timing animations to that took longer than the rest of the dance! I really wanted to do it justice.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
There is no such thing as disability unless it is imposed by others.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just what is said above!

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Antonio
Crowd Dances
ADELE ~ SKYFALL (DANCE REMIX)
Duran Duran – A view to a Kill
Madonna Die Another Day Official Video

Bond! Antonio Bond! Sounds better than Aunt Tonio (the DJ needs pronunciation lessons) but WOW what a slick production these acts were!

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I like James bond movies, I thought the props from the movies would be good to dance on.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Placement for all the dance balls, 60 balls can be a tight squeeze.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It was just a bit of fun, Crowd dances usually are.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just have fun with it, and remember men the ladies to like a man in a suit.