Elysium Cabaret April 19th 2019 Show

It was time to dress up to the nine and slip into your limo for the ride to the elegant Empire Room, high in the sky of Copperhead Road.  Friends and family gathering, looking forward to seeing you, Paul and Jilley waiting to greet you and welcome you with the finest champagne, DJ Gunner’s infectious tunes getting the blood in your veins throbbing with the beat… what a night as you wait for the show to start!

But this does make me wonder.  What exactly does it mean to get dressed up to the nines?  I mean, I know what it means, but where did that expression come from?  Let’s find out.

“To the nine” is an English idiom meaning “to perfection” or “to the highest degree” or to dress “buoyantly and high class”. In modern English usage, the phrase most commonly appears as “dressed to the nine” or “dressed up to the nine”.

The phrase is said to be Scots in origin. The earliest written example of the phrase is from the 1719 Epistle to Ramsay by the Scottish poet William Hamilton:
The bonny Lines therein thou sent me,
How to the nines they did content me.

Robert Burns’ “Poem on Pastoral Poetry”, published posthumously in 1800, also uses the phrase:
Thou paints auld nature to the nines,
In thy sweet Caledonian lines.

The phrase may have originally been associated with the Nine Worthies or the nine Muses. A poem from a 17th century collection of works by John Rawlet contains the following lines:
The learned tribe whose works the World do bless,
Finish those works in some recess;
Both the Philosopher and Divine,
And Poets most who still make their address
In private to the Nine.

Well there is a bit of trivia for you. Now let’s look at the show!

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Eva
Come Sail Away


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Nara
With Diawa
‘Fall on Me’ by Andrea Bocelli

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
The words, the melody, the inspiration that came to me. I knew when I first heard it that I had to create an act to it. Took a while.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
To create the emotions that the song evokes so people also feel it within. Finding the right animations, timing them was indeed challenging. I hope I succeeded.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I think it is mainly purely inspirational. When you are perhaps down or want to share something., There is always that special person you can ‘fall on’.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I knew, right from the start, only one person I could dance this with, my partner of almost 2 years, Diawa. She is my inspiration one that I know I can ‘fall on’.

5. What advice would you give to new dancers?
So important to me is to first ‘feel’ the song. Then everything else will come to you. Choose a song that inspires ‘you’ .

6. Share the love! Who is ONE OF your favorite SL dancers other than yourself?
I think that may be pretty obvious haha.
I hope everyone enjoys my act as much as I am in presenting it to you.

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Mikiko
With Zena, Eva, Kelly, Grazie and Sarah
(Dance Version) Tokyo Bon

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
OMG it was the funniest and cutest song I found about Japanese people learning English words lol. I just felt I had to do it.

2. What does this dance mean to you?
I love the Japanese culture and this just made me laugh.

3. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
It was just the desire to bring this funny little song to life its so much fun to be able to do that with songs we enjoy.

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Jo
With Kelly, Corri, Queenie and Nadi
No one knows who I am – Deborah Cox from Jekyll & Hyde

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I’ve wanted to do this song for a long, long time but couldn’t come up with a meaningful concept. Finally I had an idea which I hope works.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Finding dances to fit the tempo of the song was very difficult, especially with two different styles going on at the same time. I think sometimes I didn’t succeed completely in that but hopefully no one minds.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It’s means a great deal to me actually. It’s very emotional. I think a lot of of people often feel that no one really knows who they are or even cares. It’s about being different, not fitting in, but trying so hard. For a few moments the dancer breaks away and stops pretending. She dances her real feelings, her longings, her dreams. But in the end she falls back into line and puts on her mask again.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I think I’ve said it all above, probably way too much.

5. What advice would you give to new dancers?
Take it seriously. Have fun but be “professional” about it. Learn as much as you can about the “how to” from others but also observe carefully, especially your own dances. Cam back as if you were the audience. Does your costume fade into the set? Is there something jarring on stage? Check the “big picture” as well as the details.

6. Tell us about any pets you have in real life.
Sadly none at the moment. I’ve had dogs my whole life but it’s not possible right now.

7. What are your other interests in SL outside of dance?
I’ve been involved in the SL Art scene for many years as a gallery owner and curator. Currently I curate the Men in Focus Gallery on the Men in Motion Campus and I’m a longtime member of the Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee. I take photos although not as much as before I took up dancing. Then there’s shopping! Sighs.

8. Share the love! Who is one of your favorite SL dancers other than yourself?
There are so many I could name but for now I’m going to say Jilley Resident. I find her creativity extraordinary and extremely varied, from arty to just plain fun. A very talented woman indeed! Queenie and I often mutter to each other when we see Jilley dance, why do we even bother.

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Diawa
With Nara
TBD


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Jilley
With Antonio, Hailie, Evangelina, Blay, Web and Rotianch
Imagine Dragons – Natural


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Dear

With Everyone

Chained to the Rhythm – Katy Perry

The Chainsmokers & kygo ft. Halsey – Call On Me

Hey look, it’s Kelly’s hunky beau, Oz Uncle!
The Weeknd – Can-t Feel My Face

Elysium Cabaret’s Show of April 12th 2019

It was Friday night which means it was another exciting show from Elysium Cabaret, in The Empire Room at Copperhead Road! Paul and Jilley welcomed those who came to rock, and DJ Gunner was spinning fab tunes to get everyone bouncing in their RL seats, The Wiz patrolled the backstage, ironing out pre-show wrinkles. And the best part of the night: The return of Canon’s thong!!!! *bows head and takes a moment of silence*

Check out the pics, have a read of the choreographers who have elected to share a bit of insight, and of course, WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND!
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Queenie
Bitter:Sweet-Trouble

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
It sounded like a song from a bond film, and I wanted to be a bond girl!

2. What advice would you give to new dancers?
Learn as much as you can from anyone who can help you.
You will be your own worst critic.
Some dances you create will suck but you have to just try again.
You will get a set complete and then throw it away because you hate it.
Don’t compare yourself to other dancers, you will, but don’t believe it.
Don’t dance for the L, dance because you have to!

3. Tell us about any pets you have in real life.
I’m a rescue mom! I had a bichon that passed away that was a rescue from the side of the road. She had with a free sign, a crate and her toys. I now have a dog named Bella and a kitty named Thomas O’Malley, both are rescues.

4. What are your other interests in SL outside of dance?
I need a life outside of SL dance….

5. Share the love! Who is one of your favorite SL dancers other than yourself?
Choosing a favorite dancer is like having a favorite child! We all have one but we don’t talk about it!!

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Taema
With Beebs,Gracie, Kelly, Kyser, and Nadi
Havana by Camila Cabello

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Havana is a song that makes you want to get up and dance!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Usually I never have problem when I time the change of outfits but this one no mater how I tried I was off by a second or two.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Just fun to do a Latin style dance.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
This dance made me happy.

5. What advice would you give to new dancers?
Read the style card and do not wait until last minute to ask for help.

6. Tell us about any pets you have in real life.
I have a wonderful smart loving cat Gaston and a French bulldog who is deaf but so adorable. I also adopted a Moon Bear named Mausi and even if she is in Asia her photo is on my desk.

7. What are your other interests in SL outside of dance?
I Snowboard in winter and play beach volley ball in summer. I enjoy watercolor art 🙂

8. Share the love! Who is one of your favorite SL dancers other than yourself?
That is difficult so many good ones and so many new ones and I am not saying lol.

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Wiz
With Luna and Nara
Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Well, the time snuck up on my this month, so I reached into my bag o’ sets and came up with this one. I originally performed this March 13 2013. “I Need a Dollar” is a great song that was recorded in 2011 by Aloe Blacc. I used a version made in 2011 where he sings in a small club with a small ensemble of violins and cellos while wearing a tux. It was interesting because the performance contrasted the subject matter of the song so much. So I decided to take it one step further and busk in a tux.

2. What advice would you give to new dancers?
Get involved. Hang out with dancers. Learn to build. Learn to choreograph. Help out when you can. Ask questions. LEARN.

3. Tell us about any pets you have in real life.
Suz and I have a long-haired calico named Pixel. She has a solitary black dot on solid white rear leg, hence the name. I wish I could get away with as much sleep as she does.

4. What are your other interests in SL outside of dance?
I work as a project coordinator and trainer in a small software development shop. I don’t have a lot of spare time but I occasionally teach origami.

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Sarah
With Ginty Bachem
[GMV] – Levitate

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
The song itself was the main reason as its awesome sauce

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
That truck, that truck failed both days, maybe its too l33t for being audience smacked

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Nah nothing deep and meaningful with it

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Try new things, pray the lag doesn’t totally destroy and have fun

5. What advice would you give to new dancers?
Keep at it and keep trying, you will have some great shows!

6. Tell us about any pets you have in real life.
Wow I got cows, horses, dogs, cats, fish, goats, chickens, oh and ponys 😀

7. What are your other interests in SL outside of dance?
Can’t do much not even work a lot atm on reduced capacity while undergoing tests

8. Share the love! Who is one of your favorite SL dancers other than yourself?
Everyone is different i don’t look for technical or particles as we all have the passion to entertain even in a virtual form, so show what you got and be happy at the end of each show as its you who makes it happen 🙂

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Dear
Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water


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Babypea
with Gunner
Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Nirvana

What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I am haunted by this song so heavily researched it. It is a folk song that goes back at least to the 1870s, and no one knows its origin or meaning. I think it is about a woman who pushed her husband in front of a train to kill him. Maybe he was abusive, maybe she just wanted to be rid of him. But I have thought about it since making this dance, and maybe her husband was lynched and she ran away because she was scared whoever killed him would come after her. I guess we will never know what it really means. But it is haunting.

Share the love! Who is ONE OF your favorite SL dancers other than yourself?
Royal Shippe. He is astonishing, insanely talented, a true artiste, and a visionary. I don’t think he is human, he is more a demi-god to me. I am blown away by what he can do with movers and animations, plus his builds are legendary, his costuming is always eye-popping. He is simply brilliant. And generous… always happy to help, share, and offer advice when asked. I think he is marvellous, and he is one of my fave SL dancers. Other than myself. *snorts*

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Lina

With Everyone

Christina Aquilera – Not Myself Tonight

Madonna – Human Nature

Envogue – Free Your Mind

AND NOW!! BOW YOUR HEADS IN A MOMENT OF RESPECTFUL SILENCE… MY PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED TONIGHT! HAIL MARY

A Loving Look at Elysium’s Show of April 5th 2019

It was another Friday night, which means friends, family, and new friends to be made gathered in The Empire Room at Copperhead Road to see some of Second Life’s finest stage dancing. DJ Gunner warmed up the crowd with his infectious tunes as Paul and Jilley welcomed arriving guests. The Wiz kept things orderly backstage as dancers warmed up, adjusted costumes and applied their final makeup. A hush fell over the crowd as Wiz made opening greetings and announcements. The Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” sang over the airwaves and WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND! Let’s take a look at the show and read the comments from some of the talented creators of the fine acts performed tonight!
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Antonio
It’s no mere coincidence that Ant rhymes with enchant, and enchant he did with this mesmerising metaphoric creation.
Pray – JRY Rooty 50 shades darker

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I’d listened it before, then it started building it’s self in my head, then I realized it was a continuation of my Arsonist Lullaby, I started a little different than that set ended. Also I started finding things in my inventory that let me know this was what I was meant to put out as an artist you sometimes have to listen to your soul when it speaks and gives you all the signs.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Keeping myself out of the fountain when I danced.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
In arsonist Lullaby the demons were controlling me, in this dance I show how I am now the controller of the demons and have more control.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Sometimes things you see on stage, are not always what was meant to happen, as we build behind the scenes there are times we may have one vision but a beautiful accident happens, that happened in a particular spot on this dance sometimes the dance Gods shine upon us.

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Anashara
With Noke Yuitza and Melvis Baum
Ana’s debut on the Elysium stage, featuring special guest Noke Yuitza, creator/owner of the extraordinary store E.V.E Studio! Plus our beloved Melvis. Welcome Anashara and Noke!
Coldplay – Adventure


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Sarah
With Ginty Bachem
An ethereal dance of colourful whispers.
EPIC POP | ”Lovers Death ” by Ursine Vulpine & Annaca

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
The vocals of Annaca is amazing and she can really do them songs so well!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Timing and getting it to sit with the beat.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It means a lot to me as the song reminds me not of love dying but also my nan’s passing a few years ago

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Follow your heart and have fun!

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Mikiko
With Zena, Eva, Kelly and Gracie
Mikiko took us back into time when women seduced the senses with hypnotic movement.
Arabian Belly Dance Music

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I LOVE EXOTIC BELLY DANCING IN ALL FORMS. MOST ARE VERY COLOURFUL, I WANTED MINE TO BE MORE ON THE DARK SIDE FOR A DIFFERENT FEEL.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
MAKING SURE THE 2ND SET APPEARED ON TIME AND THE FIRST SET DISAPPEARED AND THE ANIMATIONS FIT RIGHT IN FROM ONE TO THE OTHER IN A SMOOTH TRANSITION.

3. What does this dance mean to you?
PURELY THE LOVE OF BELLY DANCING AND THE EXOTIC MUSIC THAT GOES WITH IT.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
ALL DANCE IS BEAUTIFUL AND THERE IS SO MUCH OUT THERE YOU NEVER CAN RUN OUT OF WHAT TO DANCE TO.

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Britt
With Web, Jilley, Baby?, Dear, Kelly, Eva, Haille, Bella, Wiz, Paul, Antonio, and Adam
Britt and friends, getting jiggy with it!
Arianna Grande “Bang Bang”

What advice would you give to someone new to dance?
Don’t be afraid to look at the past in order to help improve on who you are. Always ask for help from your fellow dancers. This is a community and a family. We all have started at the beginning and all of us are always learning something new every day. But always remember to have fun.

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Adam
With Bella, Sarah, and Zena
Colourful lights, neon, and a bit of disco to dazzle the eyes!
Lady Gaga / Madonna / Freemasons – PERFECT DISCOLLUSION (Gaga Don’t Preach) Mashup


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Hailie
With Jilley and Bianka
Hailie’s dance was out of this world, with sexy gals teasing the aliens, showing them some of Earth’s finest samples.
Ariana Grande – Break Free

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
My continuation of my love of Ariana Grande songs lol. I heard this song and thought it would make a fun set.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Figuring out what effect to use to teleport, I had found a few but they didn’t work out so well. I also planned on the set having many more moving parts and a 3rd scene change but ran out of time and saved my sanity just a little lol.

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

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just watch out for the aliens, they are in a bad mood lol.

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Bella
With Everyone
Lots of fun with everyone dancing together, sharing the love of music and dance on the Elysium stage!

1. Lady Gaga – Just Dance (70’s Disco Rath Remix)

2. Lady gaga feat. Evanescence – Bring Me Love Games (Bruno Veland Mashup Remix)

3. Mega MashUp Lady Gaga Shakira Pitbull Madonna David Guetta Akon MaNuMixx Remix Version

A Penetrating Gaze at Elysium’s Show of March 29th 2019

It was the last Friday of the month, that meant it was a THEME show! The theme being, Elton John/Billy Joel. Either or both! We had some fabulous new acts and some older ones that haven’t been seen in a long time. Take a look at what went down in The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, with your hosts Paul and Jilley and DJ Gunner spinning the tunes, The Wiz wrangling the out of control talent backstage… what a fun night!

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Queenie
With Jo, Beebs, Gracie, and Eva
I’m Still Standing-Elton John


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Dear
With Kelly, Stoke, Taema and Kyser
Elton John – Are You Ready For Love


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Mikiko
With Zena, Rhoda, Kelly and Gracie
Billy Joel – This Night

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
We got a theme for this week Elton John OR Billy Joel. I love them both but I really had a picture in my head of doing at set to Billy Joel’s song “THIS NIGHT.”
It felt very much a 60’s kind of song so made my set to fit the song.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Making sure that the dancers did not run into or over each other since they were moving around very close.

3. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Theme dances are always fun and especially this one so very classic. I love the 50’s and 60’s music.

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Nadi
With CowGrl
Elton John – Looking up


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Wiz
Elton John – Pinball Wizard


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Jilley
With Diamonte, Antonio, Hailie and Gracie
Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me (A Jimmy Michaels Mix)


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Babypea
With Gunner
Elton John – The One

This song is really special to me. It is one of the most powerful love songs that I have ever heard, hauntingly fulfilling. I also have always been enchanted by The Little Mermaid.

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Eva
With Everyone!

Dear John – Elton John

Still Rock and Roll to Me – Billy Joel

Tell Me What the Papers Say – Elton John

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Elysium March 22nd 2019 Show

Words 🙂
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Diawa
Let me Live


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Sarah
With Ginty Bachem and Babypea
Dwayne Ford – Fortuna (Epic Beautiful Vocal Dramatic)


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Britt
Kehlani “Gangsta”

What advice would you give to someone new to dance?
Sometimes you have to push yourself to be brave enough in order to break your own boundaries. Step beyond your own expectations and fears in order to create something completely unexpected. How can we expand and become more if we don’t allow ourselves to bloom?

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Corri
With Nara, Ray & Diawa
Miranda Lambert – Something Bad ft. Carrie Underwood


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Eva
With Jo, Victory, Nara, Si, Wiz, Aspen, Que, Britt, Jilley, Lina, Corri, Ray, Cowgrl, Dear
Black Parade, custom edit


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Babypea
Etta James – Hoochie Coochie Gal


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Lina
With Queenie, Nara, Jilley, Diawa, Hailie, Taema and Eva
Good to Mama


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Dear
With Everyone

Little Big Town – Tornado

Kid Rock – All Summer Long

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

Elysium’s Show of March 15th 2019

Oops… looks like I forgot to post this. Sorry folks, I’ve been sick! Dayum that’s really bad.

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Jilley
With Diamonte and Antonio
Gaelic Storm – Irish Party in Third Class + John Ryan’s Polka


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Antonio
Two Fuxs – Adam Lambert

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
My inspiration is seeing so many people trying to make others do what they want them to do an live as they want. I think it’s important to live as you want and make yourself happy, that goes for a job a dance a relationship. Live for you not others, unless your other is your family or the person you plan to spend the rest of your life with. Your real friends will stand by you. those that don’t then do you really give two fuxs?

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
I had some scripts in this originally that were non copy causing issues adding to rezzer. I also redid the choreography from the original to eliminate the sliding from a year ago. Funny how much you learn in a year.

3. What does this dance mean to you?
Just a little reminder to find what brings you peace not what others tell you should bring you peace.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. The literal translation of the word “Namaste” breaks down into three sections…Nama means bow; as means I; and, te means you. Thus, I bow to you. The gesture is one of greeting in India. Most often we hold our hands together in the prayer position at our heart chakra.


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Web
With Dear
Monsters (aka Haters) – Mackenzie Ziegler


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Elayn
With EvAngelina, Lina, Usher Piers, Si De Brit and Melvis Baum
Star Sky – Two Steps From Hell

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
It actually wasn’t my choice, it was chosen for me! I really do enjoy when people toss something like a song at me and say ‘see what you come up with’!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Choreographing a group including formations and ALL THOSE MOVERS! That’s a skill I’m working to improve.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Just enjoyment and accomplishment really. Not a lot of deeper meaning than that.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
That the beautiful set was built by the amazing Royal Shippe! I hope it gave people a few minutes of fantasy and joy.

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Sarah
With Ginty Bachem
Nothing More – Go To War

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Babypea and her love for the unusual songs, which we seem to have in common at times, tho i do have an extensive repertoire of epic pops 🙂

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Particles are always a challenge but a huge challenge in lag as they are unpredictable

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

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Lag or not keep at it, we control this as best we can

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Hailie
With Antonio, Jilley, Diamonte, Neicho and Bianka
Christina Milian – Dip it Low


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Mikiko
With Zena, Rhonda and Kelly
Naughty Little Girl

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
A little bit of sexy goes a long way in making a fun dance.

2. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
That naughty and fun always go together lol.

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SoCo
With Seb, Gracie, Kelly, Baby and Cara
Afterlife


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Bella
With Everyone!

1. Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies

2. Ed Sheeran Galaway Girl h

3. Druken Sailor

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A Look at Elysium Cabaret’s Show of March 8th, 2019

It was a Friday night which meant, it was ELYSIUM CABARET! Jilley and Paul welcomed guests as DJ Gunner warmed everyone up with his rockin’ tunes. The Wiz was backstage, hard at work making sure all the busy details were tended. Babypea as per usual was passed out in the gutter but coming to just in time to stagger in for the show. Always exciting, but this night there was extra excitement in the air, because it was Kelly’s debut on the Elysium stage! We are thrilled to have Kelly sharing her creative vision with us. She put great care into her dance, complete with scene changes, mover work, and choreography that perfectly suited the song. It was a privilege to be able to share this special event with her, and we all look forward to seeing more of Kelly’s dances.

Let’s look at some pics from the show but FIRST!!!! CONGRATULATIONS to THE WIZ for winning tonight’s Golden Tweezers Award! And don’tcha wonder what he was referring to when he said THIS:
[18:24] Wiz Nirvana: Is it OK to say something sexual?
[18:25] Wiz Nirvana: We’re Fucked!!!

I can only dream! *snorts*

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Josephine
My Body Is A Cage – Peter Gabriel
This was a WOWZA performance, pure art that has to be seen to fully appreciate. Words could never do this dance justice.


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Kelly
With Web and Elayn
Grace Vanderwaal – So Much More Than This
Kelly and friends, warming hearts and touching souls with her fabulous debut!


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Lina
Man’s World by Joss Stone
Always soooooooo sexeh, top quality sets, gorgeous costumes, sensuous choreography… that’s Lina!


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Melvis
With andytez dumpling, JMB Balogh, Tyli Tyles and Diamonte Thomas
Donald Mix
OMG MELVIS! This dance… one of my all-time faves in all of SL dance history… or should that be dance histerical?! Yes yes I know it’s spelled ‘hysterical’ but histerical works better for this.


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Dear
Magic! – Kiss Me
Classy, sexy, enticing, and always beautiful, our Dear takes us to the sea for a side of salsa.


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Corri
With Queenie and Victory
Godsmack – Voodoo
Uber sexy Corri and friends casting spells on the audience with their voodoo!


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Babypea
Lindsey Stirling- Crystallize
‘Tis I, the crystal fairy.


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Jilley
With Everyone!
Fun, jungle-style!

1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight- The Lion King

2. Tarzan and Jane – Toybox

3. Ray Stevens – Alley Oop

Elysium’s Show of March 1st, 2019

It was a star-lit night at Copperhead Road as friends and family gathered in The Empire Room to spend a precious hour together, celebrating dance and bidding the weekend a warm welcome. YAY the weekend! Time to relax and do what we love. And at Elysium Cabaret, we love music and movement. We love intricate sets, fabulous costumes, and tightly syncronized dance sequences. Let’s take a look back at the show which featured some of the finest and most dedicated choreographers in Second Life, complimented by some very sexy dancers. With thanks to DJ Gunner for the music, Paul, Jilley, Wiz and Babypea for the Administrative responsibilities, and the AUDIENCE for all their generous tips, love and support! I have asked the choreographers to share a few words about what advice they would give to someone new to dance. Those who chose to contribute will have their replies posted with the pictures of their acts, with thanks and gratitude for having a spirit generous enough to share.

But first let us congratulate tonight’s winner of the Golden Tweezers!! CONGRATULATIONS JENI for this:

[2019/03/01 18:08] Jeniale Inglewood: Requesting an encore at the end….all I saw were dancing jock straps. >.>

*just grins brightly*

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Antonio
With Si, Diamonte, Niecho , Storm , Kyser, Blay
Men and thongs! What more could we want for a show open! Thanks, Ant!
Drummer boy by Blake McGrath

What advice would you give to someone new to dance?

Be yourself, express yourself, don’t think you have to do certain styles if it’s not you an you don’t feel it don’t.
This is your chance to be creative and share yourself. Create your masterpiece from your heart.
Never be afraid to ask questions, and never stop learning.
Namaste
Antonio

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Adam
With Bella, Jorgio, Corri, Stoke, Dear, Si, Zena, Paul, and Jilley
Train train and rain rain. The Orient Express meets Mary Poppins!
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting


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Dear
Always exquisite, she is our Dear 🙂
Jacob Lee – Reality

What advice would you give to someone new to dance?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are lots of people happy to help. The more you are able to learn the better you will be at your craft. =)

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Hailie
With Antonio, Jilley and Diamonte
Smoakn hawt, guys and gals, and a fab set to dazzle the eyes!
Louisa – Ft 2 Chains – Yes


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Britt
With Jilley, Web Sass, Dear Misfit, Hailie Rodenberger
A garage and a group of sexy gals, all that grease… no wonder they are so dirrty!
Christina Aguilera “Dirrty”

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Christina Aguilara’s Dirrty is one of the very first routines I ever created in SL when I came back to SL and joined the wider dance community about 3 years ago in Dance Xcetra. It’s always held a special place in my heart. A fun song…. a naughty song. One of girl bonding stepping out and saying here we are boys… Be prepared…

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
This one was hard for me. I looked at the set. Not so much about the timing but more because I looked at the set. I looked at the dance. At who I was then and who I am now. I had to destroy everything and start over because that is not who I am anymore. The Britt I was in 2015/16 when I created this is no longer the Britt who dances today. I created the original dance in huddles, this time around I created it all with Spot On.

3. What does this dance mean to you?
It’s about growth and about letting go of the past and moving forward.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
How much appreciate my family I have today. I couldn’t have done this without them. Their support and confidence in me has helped me grow and continue to grow and learn every day.

What advice would you give to someone new to dance?
Go into it remembering that dancing is meant to be fun. Find the fun in dance and try not to stress. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help from others who dance and always remember that no matter how long you dance there is always things to learn.. There will always be someone who si better then you and people you can learn something new from, so do not let your pride get the better then you. and last but not least HAVE FUN! We are a family and a community…

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Paul
The metaphoric man in white. Dreams never mean what they seem, there is always something else below the surface.
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy


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Jilley
With Eva H, and Diamonte
Pay attention. This is art.
Human by Christina Perri


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Corri
With Everyone!

1. Pink – Get This Party Started

2. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

3. Nickelback – Burn It To The Ground

A Look at Elysium’s Vegas Theme Show of February 22, 2019

It was a big night in The Empire Room at Copperhead Road as DJ Gunner returned to Elysium Cabaret! The Gman has been doing a huge job in RL that just finished, so he is back until the next big job, and he returned full-on, not only DJing the show but dancing in one of the acts AND doing an act of his own. Plus we saw the debut of a new choreographer, Tiggy. Elysium Cabaret went to Vegas tonight… money and gambling, The Strip, showgirls, and of course Siegfriend and Roy with their white tigers! Lots of magic, fun and friendship, laughter. Let’s take a look.

But first! A Golden Tweezers Award duet to Gman and Eva for this little bit of outrageous:

[17:49] masterperry: Meatloaf sung our wedding song 🙂
[17:49] EvaHarley: please say it wasn’t 2 out of 3 ain’t bad gunner…

Okay, that was really funny. CONGRATULATIONS YOURS AND EVA!
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Lina
Lina just sizzles, a steamy slow roast!
Money Money – Suzana d’Amour

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I listen to Pandora a lot, and when this song came on the set just came to life in my head. Originally it was a pit show act, but with the Vegas theme, I knew it would be perfect to bring to the Empire Room stage.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
This dance being modified from a 9m round stage to a full stage act was a tough adjustment.

3. What does this dance mean to you?
This song is just pure fun and sexy and burlesque, which is no secret that I just love.

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

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Gunner
With Babypea
It’s 007 on the game floor with a femme fatale who is going to get a taste of her own medicine! Bugga!
Caro Emerald – Back it Up


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Tiggy
The debut of Tiggy… welcome aboard! She’s got more than a Jack up her sleeve… well down her bodice!
AC/DC – She’s got the Jack


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Jilley
With Babypea, Britt, Bianka, Evangelina, and Taema
Jilley and a bevy of statuesque beauties!
ZZ Top – Viva Las Vegas


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Nara
With Diawa. Corri, Eva, Jo, Lina, and Queenie
Nara and her girlz sparkle the 24k stage with some fabulous choreo and enticing costumes!
Bruno Mars ’24k Magic’


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Babypea
With Web, Gunner, and Paul
Rawwwwrrrrrrr! Magic and white tigers. For the record, the guys are wearing faux fur 😀
Mind Is the Magic – The Siegfried & Roy Las Vegas Show

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
It was a Vegas theme night and I wanted something other than the usual Vegas songs/acts. I was looking for something a bit unique, and well Siegfried and Roy are SO Vegas… their white tigers are Vegas icons. I was stoked when I found the song.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
I had a hard time with it because, I don’t like the way Michael sang it. I love his music but I felt his vocals were weak on this… almost like he was mumbling. So it was hard to get into the choreo for it. But it was a great showman song for a Vegas act.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
To me, it means Vegas. For years, I have associated white tigers with Vegas. I lived there for seven years, my family still lives there, and Siegfried and Roy mean a lot to me as well. They are such caring, sincere people and so dedicated to their white kitties.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Roy has said repeatedly that Mantecore (the tiger who allegedly attacked him in 2003) was NOT attacking him, but rather he was having a stroke on stage and the tiger sensed he was in trouble and was trying to move him to safety, dragging him along the way a tiger would move its young… by the neck. I do believe Roy in this, he would know his own tiger better than anyone. Just a human neck is not as strong as a tiger neck, and flesh is more tender than fur. But I do not believe the tiger was attacking him, otherwise he’d most likely be dead.

“I got a stroke and I fell down, and I see these blue eyes staring looking at me,” said Roy. “I was like, ‘What now? What happened?'”
“He picked me up by the neck and got me to the side so he’d know I’d be safe — like a mother with a cub. He took care of me.”
Roy told us that had Mantecore not severed his artery to relieve the blood pressure, he could have gone brain dead.

https://www.etonline.com/news/148564_roy_horn_reveals_shocking_info_on_tiger_attack_from_11_years_ago

When Mantecore passed at age 17, Roy said the tiger was like a brother to him. I think that is beautiful.

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Dear
With Everyone
With a set by Web, fabulous songs and kickin’ choreo, Dear took the entire venue to Vegas!

Katy Perry – Waking Up In Vegas

INXS – Pretty Vegas

Human League – A Little Less Conversation

Elysium Cabaret’s Show of February 15th 2019

If it’s Friday, it’s Elysium Cabaret, and hey it was Friday! Welcome to the weekend! Friends and family gathered under a canopy of imagination at The Empire Room on the Copperhead Road sim. Paul and Jilley welcomed arriving guests who were immediately enveloped in DJ Corri’s intoxicating tunes. Wiz was indisposed, we will say he was working in RL but I heard he was really in jail for trying to feather dust a meter maid who was attempting to give him a parking fine. Okay I’m lying, Wiz was not in jail! Does anybody know where he has been? He has gone missing! We need to put an APB out on him. FIND OUR WIZ!

*climbs to the top of the nearest mountain and yells out, “WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!”

Well. The show must go on, and on it did go. Let’s take a look at the fine performances presented! All made with love of music and movement, a celebration of creativity and human imagination. Let us share with one another.

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Jo
With Seb, Diamonte, Queenie, Nara and Jilley
Jo created something unique and very special, striking and artsy that is a must-see in SL dance.
Black or white – Glee Cast

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
It’s actually a convoluted tale. I went to an art installation by Meilo Minotaur recently and she generously made the avatars she used available for anyone to take. Some were perfect for a dance and I had the set in my mind right away: very simplistic, stark and childlike, as they are, plus mostly white and black to show them off. The set idea is based on a Cica Ghost exhibit I saw years ago and the trees and cats are actually from her store. But I needed a song. I googled black and white plus songs and this Michael Jackson one popped up and finally all the elements were in place to create the dance.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Actually this was the fastest I have ever put together a dance. Three days after I found the avatars this dance was boxed in its rezzer and complete. That’s very unusual, extremely fast for me. A chunk of time was spent negotiating with Cica to sell me modifiable trees and cats to add the rezzer script as her work is rarely mod. It just all seemed to come together neatly.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I know the whole thing makes no sense at all. To me it is just a very visual experience, about the achromatic colours, black and white, inspired by the avatars who were just longing to dance. But it was great fun to do.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Don’t look for any subtleties. Laughs. But I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed turning these avatars into dancers!

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Adam
With Bella, Dear, Si, Zena, Beebs
Adam took us back in time to bounce us in our seats with this upbeat high-energy tune.
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling


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Paul
DNA-Kindrick Lamar
Paul unleashed the shadows with this bold song, performed on a beautifully lit set, rich with mystery and intrigue.


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Corri
With Cael, and Zach
Corri got in touch with her inner Mistress, and I heard Miss Ame coached her on showing her teeth to this sexy guys!
Lady Gaga – Teeth


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Denyaii
With Soco, Sammy, Melvis, Seb, Diamonte
The guys and the gals all teased each other, then the guys took the gals back to their cars to take them for a ride. Looked like fun!
Prince & The New Power Generation – Sexy M. F.


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Elayn
With DarkRaven Ninetails, Paul Woodrunner, Cannon
Whiskey – Marion Hill
Dark, mysterious and sexy, Elayn dropped a few jaws with this smoaking act, plus the lighting on the set was warm and enticing.

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Had this song in my list for a while. Just love the beat and the dark steamy theme.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Getting off my butt and getting it done. 🙂

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Just sexy fun really. Whiskey just always has that ‘dangerous’ sort of feel to it. What’s not to love?

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Don’t drink.. alone. 😉

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Jilley
With Jo and Gracie
The three lovely princesses, though one of them was (and is) a bit of an evil Princess! Guess which one… if you guess right, you win a prize!
Call Me a Princess


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Bella

With Everyone
Fun and super sexy tunes with fabulous choreo, everyone had a great time coming together on stage to dance the final act of the night!

1. Justin Timberlake Rock Your Body https://youtu.be/TSVHoHyErBQ

2. Justin Timberlake – Filthy https://youtu.be/_SUFFBtZMiY

3. Justin Timberlake Sexy Back https://youtu.be/FdSRfdu_dLU