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.

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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.