Live Streaming Dance Classes!

Have you ever attended a class to learn to use a tool such as Spot On Choreography Designer, or building where the edit screen is a big part of the process but you can’t see the instructor’s edit screen! How frustrating is that? Well, I’d like to offer a solution! I am going to be offering a limited selection of classes which will SIMULCAST in Second Life and Live YouTube Stream! * Now you can see the instructor’s screen live and the class may also be recorded to refer back to later! What a great opportunity!

The first class offering for this new platform will be:

Support Dancers: What you need to know !
Monday May 20 @ 4pm SLT
This class will cover :
-What is expected of Support (Backup) Dancers
-How to prepare Fit Folders and prepare for the show
-Routines to help reduce lag and improve performance of your viewer
-What can you do to be an even more valuable member of the show team!

*Note: you may participate in the class by observing the Live Stream only if you like, however the best experience may be to have the ability to attend the class in SL and use the Live Stream video for your actual participation. I will be using the voice and chat in the live stream feed so that the recording will contain all of the conversation.

Let’s Dance Class!

May 14, 2019 – 4pm – 5pm SLT – Choreography Design and mover systems – creating a movement route.
This class will introduce the process of creating a movement route to move your dancers around the stage area. Spot On Choreography Design will be the tool used in class but you may use an other brand of tool if you have a working knowledge of it’s use.

So now you can wiggle in place to the music by using your animation hud, but how can you move around the stage, alone or in a group, to make the performance more professional and realistic? We will learn the basics of using a mover system including moving to and from the stage, synchronizing animations with movement, notecard management and smooth, realistic movements. This class will focus on the basics of making the system work while in future weeks we learn more and more of the tricks and tools to make the system work BEAUTIFULLY.

Artistic Collaboration

This essay was written by Shreya Delaya originally for the purpose of promoting a music collaborative group she is involved in. I found the advice right on point in my own experiences.
I am VERY PROUD to have the opportunity to collaborate with some absolutely AMAZING talent in SL. Royal Shippe, Diiar Vader Shippe, BabyPea VonPhoenix, Webb Sass and so many others who are so willing to share their own experience in order to raise the bar of the dance community in general.
In your journey, ALWAYS beware of people who try to tell you that the only way to be ‘real’ is to do everything entirely on their own. Aside from being dead wrong, they are usually speaking from bitter jealousy and envy and who needs that crap in their lives?

Why Collaboration Is The Way to Grow As An Artist

Let’s face it. It’s not easy to become known and popular as an artist even if you are great with your skills.
In the times when we are competing to get noticed by people who have limited attention spans and are receiving information from a dozen of sources already, it can become a draining process to make them understand your art, to make them connect with it and appreciate it.

And if you start focusing too much on building your following, you might end up having limited time, energy and motivation left to do what you really love and set out do — making art.

So what if there was a way to build your following and your network while doing what you love?

Collaborating with fellow artists to create exceptional works of art is one of the best ways to do it and here are the reasons why collaborating is one of the best ways to grow.

Collaboration is the best way to get in front of the audience that is most likely to connect with you.

Performing with an artist who shares similar styles and connects on similar themes is an experience that will make you grow as well grow your audience.

No two artists are alike but if you are able to come up with a beautiful track together to perform or to circulate in their network, there are huge chances that a part of artist’s network will develop an interest in you as well.

Every time you hear about a name or a brand, the name keeps getting registered in your head repeatedly until you build enough curiosity to find out about it.

Collaboration will ensure that people hear about you enough number of times.

If you are creating beautiful works of art, and no one knows about you yet, you will have a difficult time in monetising your skills. But if you are doing live shows with fellow artists in various locations every month, the chances of you and your art getting discovered increases significantly.

When artists work together, they promote each other on their respective organic as well as digital channels which helps them both grow their reach.

Perform with bands and artists that support the causes you relate with. Perform together at fundraisers, perform at events related to social causes that you relate with.

Create art together on themes that are in sync with your personality and your style. This will let people get an idea about your interests and next time there is a similar opportunity, they might end up contacting you for it.

While art is usually an extremely personal process, some of the best works were created when two or more creative talents came together to contribute their skills and create something unprecedented.

Collaborations have been a way to create larger impact, through involving more people and hence pooling in the best of ideas, thoughts and skills.

Contrary to what artists are normally bred to believe — artists aren’t necessarily in competition with one another. Each artist has their strengths and weaknesses. The best people know how to perfect their strengths and look for help in developing those weaknesses. This is where the power of collaboration comes in.

Collaboration is also a great way to stay connected with some of the best people in your industry and grow together with them.

The Studio – #9 Choreography Designer System


Part 1
Elayn explains the basic parts of the Spot On Choreo Design System, rezzing out the ring, waypoints and mover.

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Part 2
Elayn continues this tutorial of the Choreo Designer by showing the mover, mover nc, and explaining the coordinates within the notecard.

Part 3
Elayn shows how to make smooth turns using Turn Time, how to read and update the mover notecards and reviews the 3 part series.

The Studio – Shopping for Animations

Elayn takes you shopping for animations and discusses what to look for in a dance animation to use in your own routines.

Spot On Smooth Dancer:
BLOG: http://www.spotonslgroup.com/blog
WEB: http://www.SpotOnSL.com
STORE: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Martian/124/155/22

Re*On Dance Grid Group Gift-
Creator Fair Saeed Re:ON * Shop SLURL: Re:ON, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Adscita/217/207/76

Dances Featured: Sync’d Motion Certo Pack available at Access – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ACCESS/160/143/22

Spring Season Class Schedule!!

For this next season of Let’s Dance Classes, we are going to dive a bit deeper into actual performance creation. Once the series starts, the classes will build on each other progressively. Please consider plans to attend all the classes as they will not be intended to stand alone each week and you may miss some important instruction if you miss a week. The primary focus of the classes is the Spot On tools and their use. You may attend and work with us if you prefer another system but it’s use will not be instructed specifically. Please have a working knowledge of your preferred tools prior to class. Recommended tools to own for this class are:
Spot On Performance Director
Spot On Choreography Designer
Spot On Smooth Dancer is highly recommended but not essential
You should have a collection – 8-10 animations at least – of your choice that you own and want to work with. Dance animations should be copy versions. Suggestions for novice choreographers is Abranimations dance sets.

April 30, 2019 -4pm – 5pm SLT – Introduction to Dance in SL
So you think you can dance?
What does a dancer do?
What does a Choreographer do?
What tools do I need?
How much does it cost?
How much can I make?
What kind of dancing do I want to do?
How much time can I invest?
*Note: this class is an introduction to Performance Dance in SL in general and is responsive to the experience level of those in attendance. All are welcome whether you have experience or not.

May 7, 2019 – 4pm – 5pm SLT – Animation Huds and creating an animation sequence
This class will focus on recording by hud or manually, an animations sequence in a dance hud. Spot On Smooth Dancer and Performance Director will be the primary focus. If you wish to use another brand tool in class, please have a working knowlege of it’s use before class.

May 14, 2019 – 4pm – 5pm SLT – Choreography Design and mover systems – creating a movement route.
This class will introduce the process of creating a movement route to move your dancers around the stage area. Spot On Choreography Design will be the tool used in class but you may use an other brand of tool if you have a working knowledge of it’s use.

May 21,2019– 4pm – 5pm SLT -Putting it together – Creating an animation sequence that moves around the stage
Now that you can dance on a hud and move around a stage, how do you put the two together to DANCE around the STAGE? Spot On Performance Director and Choreography Designer will be the tools used in class. If you choose to use another brand of tools, please have a working knowledge of their use before class.

May 28, 2019– 4pm – 5pm SLT – Putting it together – Avoiding Bumps, Slides and Jerks
Let’s look at dancing around the stage smoothly and realistically. We’ll discuss methods to avoid bumping into (and through) each other, sliding across a space Hint: it’s not a good thing unless you are wearing skates. and those awful jerks and tugs that happen when animations aren’t transitioning correctly.
Spot On Performance Director and Choreography Designer will be the tools used in class. If you choose to use another brand of tools, please have a working knowledge of their use before class.

June 4, 2019– 4pm – 5pm SLT – Putting it together – Options, Tricks and Alternatives
Now that we have a smooth and pleasing dance routine, let’s look at some of the tips and tricks that raise it to the next level; fixing and avoiding unrealistic transitions or points in the set, optimizing the set to reduce and avoid lag, moving the avatars around from backstage to on-stage. Lots of troubleshooting in this class too!
Spot On Performance Director and Choreography Designer will be the tools used in class. If you choose to use another brand of tools, please have a working knowledge of their use before class.

The Studio #7 Costume and Fit Folders

Elayn shows you how to create a Fit or Costume folder for outfit copies allowing for fast costume changes and to remove scripts from outfits to reduce lag.
Topics covered in this video:
* Copying Body and Costume parts to create a permanent Outfit folder. Never lose those costume parts in your inventory and have the same Fit when you perform the dance a year from now!
*Removing Scripts from Body, Hair and Clothes to reduce the ‘Script Weight’ of the outfit.
*Use Firestorm Outfit folders along with a parts folder

Style Credits:
Elayn –
Hair: Phoenix- Leticia
Clothes: Meva Hanna Jumper
Elayn (the Alt)-
Hair: Truth – Cinnamon
Dress: Purple Moon – Athena Lights
Shoes: KC Shoes – KIYA Jewels

The Studio – #5 Stage Manager Rezzer system


Part 1
Style Credits:
Hair – Mina Hair – Anika
Top – Cynful – top Blue Ombre
Pants – United Colors – Buttoned tights
Shoes – Reign. – Arianna Sneakers


Part 2
Style Credits:
Hair – Mina Hair – Anika
Top- Blueberry Luxe Box February 2018 – Cutie Top
Pants – Neve Legging ZeeZee Floral
Shoes – Reign. – Arianna Sneakers


Part 3
Style Credits:
Hair – Mina Hair – Anika
Top – JellyRoll – Donna Vintage Tee
Pants – Scandalize. – Caitli
Shoes – Reign. – Arianna Sneakers

The Studio – #3 Animesh! 3 part series

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Elayn presents a 3 part series introducing Animesh and using Animesh Characters with Spot On dance tools in our dance sets. Elayn uses the ~RE~ Animesh Relay scripts developed by Keith Ringgold to create animesh characters that can dance with us!
Part 1 – What is animesh and how do I activate a mesh to become animesh?
Part 2 – Using Animesh characters with the Spot On Choreography system to move them around the stage.
Part 3 – Using the Performance Director Hud to control the animesh animations to create a dance routine.

~RE~ Animesh Relay
Spot On Choreography Tools
Skeleton Avatar Full Perm
Wooden Dummy Avatar
Top and pants: Rinka&Me Melissa Sweatshirt & Leggings (Gacha)

The Studio – #3 Backstage Movers

Elayn explains how to make Backstage Movers using the Spot On system of Choreography Tools. Backstage movers rely on the Pos and Rot coordinates to move avi’s BEFORE the stage set is rezzed and are not packed inside the Stage Manager rezzer.
The Studio Blog – style credits and resources:
https://www.spotonsl.com/multiples.html
Worn: Addams “Belen” Mesh JumpSuit & Belt
Hair: Sintiklia Holiday Gacha – Noelle