Ayita (naybabe)


1. What is your history with dance in SL?
I first began dancing in Gor which is quite a ways from what happens in mainstream dance. Sets are smaller or non existent, animations come second to emotes and words paint most of the picture. It didn’t take long for me to work out animations were my strength, and when Spot On was literally shoved into my inventory by a friend that was it! I moved into mainstream routines after taking the Dawn of Dance class with Babypea followed by a skating routine at the Christmas Extravadanza. After that I joined Elysium and the A&M Mocap Maniacs and soon enough I was booty shaking full time.

Several people commented on my use of the Spot On systems when they were in their infancy, many dancers were amazed by the capabilities but daunted by the steep learning curve. Over time, dancers started reaching out wanting to learn more, thus leading to the creation of my school Dancing Outside the Lines. Classes focus on a wide variety of topics with instructors from all over the SL dance grid sharing their knowledge.

2. What do you enjoy the most about SL dance?
I will keep it simple and say that some of my closest friends, my best and worst times, my biggest highs and lowest of lows have come out of dance. It is a means of self-expression for sure, a creative outlet that is fun and satisfying but for me, dance wouldn’t be dance here in SL without the people in it. So, that is what I enjoy most about dance in SL … the people.

3. What do you enjoy the least about SL dance?
The politics and backstabbing. Keep it fun, supportive and inclusive!

4. What has been your best experience in SL dance?
The first time I dared to defy the expectations and rules put in place as to how I should dance. It took me a long time to realize dance could be what I made of it and to stop worrying about what others wanted, to dance the way I wanted to dance.

5. Out of all the dances you have done, which is your fave?
One of the more recent dances I performed at Elysium was a collaborative effort with a friend, Maia (fionna carter). The creative process involved more than a few knock down, drag out fights but we both challenged ourselves to do something we had never done in a dance before. There was a lot of pride that came with the finished product so it’s one of my favorites.

6. What message would you like to leave for your fans?
My initial reaction to this question was, “Fans? I have fans? Pfft!” So if I do have fans I guess I would say, don’t be a fan IM me and be a new friend instead.

7. Anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks for coming out to support dance in all its various forms and why not think about giving it a go yourself!