Elayn

1. What is your history with dance in SL?
I first saw synchronized choreographers in a dance club sometime in early 2017 when I came back to SL after a bit of an absence. I asked how it was done and on learning of the Spot On tools thought ..”no way, that’s just way too hard” but the possibilities still intrigued me. Then I met Wild (Wildone Battitude) and she showed me what seriously choreographed dances could look like, took me to the Empire Room and gave me my first lesson in Spot on movers and the Barre hud. That was the last that she or anyone saw of me for weeks until I crawled off my build platform with a dance telling the story of a Bedouin tribe at night including 5 female dancers, 2 male dancers, 2 musicians and 4 camels. All choreographed separately, and moving around the stage. (actually, I think the Camels stayed put) I’ve never performed that dance. (one other person at Empire has seen that dance and I wonder if that person even remembers). LOL Not long later, Shadown Tarber invited me to perform but needed a different dance so I built Peace Train by Cat Stevens. Her dance was postponed but Paul Woodrunner saw the set and invited me to perform it at The Outsiders show on July 4 2017 and that was my dance premier. My premier at The Empire Room was in August of 2017 with another set called PainBox. I credit dance and choreography for leading me to some of the most wonderful people I’ve met in SL; Wild, Paul, BabyPea, Jilley, Shadow, Aelva, Eos, Diawa and numerous other dear friends. Like any common activity, there will be those who disappoint and teach you and those who inspire and lead you. The leaders are amazing and I appreciate every one of you.

2. What do you enjoy the most about SL dance?
I love to hear how my dances made people FEEL. I appreciate when someone says the set is lovely or the choreography is great; that appreciates technical skill and I try hard to grow with each set. But when someone tells me that a dance made them FEEL a certain way.. that means that the whole set worked to accomplish the real goal. That is success. That is an addictive drug!

3. What do you enjoy the least about SL dance?
Cliques, egos and people who are less than honest with each other and themselves. Enough said. Those people are pretty much ignorable. same as anywhere else.
Those times when technology just kicks me right in the buttocks while I’m finally performing a dance. ISPs fail. The computer overheats. A storm takes out your electricity. Things we have NO control over but the adrenaline is already rushing and the crash is horrible!!!

4. What has been your best experience in SL dance?
I think that the moments that I get particularly meaningful feedback on a dance stand out to me because it means that all the work I put into a set really did translate to the intended audience. A particular dance mentor that I deeply respect told me (on 2 different occasions) that A. “You dance like you care” and B. “that dance was worthy of (club name)” a club that I hold as a truly high standard of technical quality. Putting a dance set out there that gets that sort of feedback, is the most amazing fuel to inspire the next set.

5. Out of all the dances you have done or participated in, which is your fave?
My favorite is always the next set I have in my head that I can’t wait to start working on. I try to learn some new building, scripting, particle creating, animation, musicality skill with each dance. That learning makes me excited. I started out barely able to stand up 4 walls and a top, now I can make all sorts of creative messes!!
If I had to really name an actual set as a favorite, it would be someone else’s set and it would probably be one of Misse Tigerpaw’s or Ness’ or Diawa.

6. What message would you like to leave for your fans or the dance community?
Take care of each other! People who appreciate what choreographers create, support them any way you can! It doesn’t have to be tips; take your huds and scripted parts and “stuff” off so that the dancers can present the best show possible. That’s why we do all this stuff! It’s for the audience, make it possible for us to perform at our best. Dancers, support each other. Don’t copy someone else; ask them to help you learn! Don’t use cliques and gossip to push others down; bring them into the fold and build everyone up in the process. Experienced dancers, don’t withhold knowledge or skills from new people; raise them to your level so that you are inspired to step even higher. Novices, appreciate the time and effort that your mentors spend on you; they stopped what they love doing to help you join their ranks, treat them with integrity.

7. Anything else you’d like to share?
Always be honest and act with integrity. With yourself first. Know your strengths and weaknesses. With each other; don’t treat people how YOU want to be treated, treat them how THEY want to be treated.
Above all else… HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!! Laugh whenever you can! They are pixels folks. Value the people behind the pixels but LAUGH with the pixels every chance you get!

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