This Week & Dance Resources Index

Upcoming Events:
full calendar:

Sat Mar 24th – 5 pm slt show

Sun Mar 25th – 12 pm slt show

Fri Mar 30th – 6 pm slt show
Elysium Cabaret – Crowd Dance

Sat Mar 31st – 1pm slt show
Elysium Cabaret Matinee

Sundays – 11 am slt
Shagwong Cove Resort DJ, 1 hour block

Sundays –  5 pm slt
Winds of the Sahara Cabaret Show DJ

HARLEYQUIN WORKSHOPSclick here for descriptions
All workshops are drop-in.  No registration is required.

* * NOTE:  Dates have been adjusted in preparation for the Autism Awareness Event and brand new Terpsicorps production.  Thank you!

Sat Apr 21st – 12 pm slt
Performance Director Class 3:  Advanced, Making it Sing
** Requires experience in creating a full PD routine

Tues Apr 24th – 5 pm slt
An Introduction to Dance & Choreography in SL
Have the passion and desire to create your own dance, want to unveil the magic of how a choreographer creates, but not sure where to begin?  Together we cover those first steps, considerations, and building a strong foundation.

Sat Apr 28th – 10 am slt
Particles for Performance
What types are there?  How can you control them?  When and how they can add impact to your dance.  Includes demonstrations and bonus extras.

Tues May 1st – 5 pm slt
The Smooth Dancer HUD – Focus on Foundation & Putting it to Work
** Requires the Spot On Smooth Dancer HUD

Sat May 5th – 12 pm slt
Spot On Synchronization – Using the Tools for Multiple Routines & Starting Your Dancers Backstage
** Requires the Spot on Performance Director, Stage Manager, Choreo Designer and experience in creating a full PD routine.

Mon May 7th – 5 pm slt
Spot On Smooth Dancer – Focus on Sequences
** Requires basic experience using the Spot On Smooth Dancer HUD

Sat May 12th – 12 pm slt
Making Your Own Special Effects HUD

Tues May 15th – 5 pm slt
Animations, Transitions, and Different Ways to Organize and Choreograph

Tues May 22nd – 5 pm slt
Audacity Music Player & Editing Program – The Basics

Sat May 26th – 10 am st
Scripting for Performance – Making things “listen” with a script

Tues May 29th – 5 pm slt
Spot On Costume Assistant (Updated)
A complete walkthrough – using it for yourself, your own dancers, or for other choreographers.

** Requires the Spot On Costume Assistant

An easy reference to dance resource pages

As a seasoned and passionate dancer in SL, I freely share and support others in their own dance journeys.  My beliefs:  question everything, learn from everything, take from it what you will and do it your own way.  Have many teachers, no one is a master, no one knows “THE WAY”.  I teach based on what I know – my own foundation, what I have learned, my own ways – but they are not the only ways.  Enjoy the ride, speak from the soul and create art with your dance.  We are all always learning, always growing.  Release the music from within.  Your way.  ~ Eva  

Audacity – Music Player and Editing Program
Blogging Ideas – Using a Private Blog for Keeping Creative Ideas and Inspiration
Camera and Video Tips & Tricks
Editing Music – Audacity Video Tutorial
Lighting Tutorial
Moving Objects with Choreography Design System
Particle Power to the People
Performance Director – Starting People Backstage
Smooth Dancer Tip for Choreography
Tools Tips & Tricks
Harleyquin Workshops
Harleyquin Workshop Descriptions
Tips and Tricks – Stage Manager

New Dancer Resource:

Sirens Call to Dance – a beginning
The Official Book of Dance Rules
Don’t Rush into Using All the Tools! Build a Strong Foundation
Definition Time!
The Story of a Dance HUD, and starting with animations
The Magical World of Animations and Choreography – NEW!
Choosing Music
Freestyle!  Learn your animations & have fun – NEW!
Creating Your First Dance

Creating a Dance:

Dance Knowledge – a Sharing
Creating Choreography – My Flow
New Dancers Resource

Favorites Stores and Tools:

Animation Stores
Particles Stores
Boom Animation Organizer
Camera View Save/Setup HUD – 0L


TROFF – a music tool for choreography, reblogged from SLNightMagic

Misc. Tips:

Sticky note holder and notes in sequences

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A little musing now and then…is relished by the wisest men…

Our dear friend Willy Wonka actually said “nonsense”, but this morning it is musings that drift through my brain.

All of us are creative in our own way, our outlet unique, but perhaps we all have the same constant challenge.  The ideas that constantly spin within our creative mind, works in progress, those little things you look for that make what you construct just right.  In a way, it’s that creative high I love most.  When you completely lose yourself in the creation, when everything fades away and you just feel it, you connect to it.  You almost need it…  This goes far beyond deadlines, commitments, the external pressure you may at times feel to “deliver”.

Going back to the source, finding that spark, and the raw deep down need and reason why you do what you do…I have to find my way back to that at times.

It is so easy to get lost along the way, until you almost don’t recognize your creative self beyond brief glimpses.  Perhaps it is distractions, feeling disheartened, procrastination.  Ahh…procrastination.  That anxiety inducing non-action that seems to be a frequent challenge of mine personally.  Toss out what you have heard, your own misconceptions.  You aren’t lazy, disorganized (well maybe, but that’s generally not the issue here), not talented enough.

It is fear.  A fear of failure.  That what we create won’t live up to what is in our minds.  The fear of being judged and found lacking.  The belief that we just can’t do it.  The overwhelmed feeling we may have as we really start contemplating how to bring our imagination to life.  We may putter, skirt the edges, but not dive into the creation and lose ourselves within it.  Our mind holds something back, that full commitment.

Ahhh…but at times, it is not procrastination OR fear.  I have often said that when you lose yourself within a creation, pouring out your heart and soul within in, it is like a love affair between the creator and their art.  There will come a time, and should come a time, when you feel within your bones that it is done.  No more to be added, no more tweaks or little adjustments.  Any more would disturb the overall performance.  Have you ever felt exhausted, drained, after completing a performance?  No…not because you’ve spent the last 40 hours with 3 hours sleep finishing it…but because you’ve given of yourself completely into the art, you’ve pushed past your comfort zone, your doubts and fears, climbed any mountains you need to climb…and finished it.  It was exhilarating, fulfilling, and now is the time to recharge your batteries.

I recently contemplated my existence in this world, at at times when I’m really brave my existence in RL too.  I am so much more than a creator.  I am me.  I want to experience different things, connect with others, explore, laugh, and be silly.  Creating is a facet of me, but not my entirety.

These words blow through me as a cool breeze does on a beautiful sunny day.  A reminder of why I do what I do, of balance and purpose.  I realign my thoughts, feelings, words, and actions to reflect on this and return to my path…and feel at peace once again.

Your path is your own, always.
~ Eva

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Harleyquin Performances

A collection of past Harleyquin performances, the amazing dancers who made it possible, and a few favorite photos from the performance if available.

Mar 8, 2018 – Bone Dance @ Noir Neverland
           Dancers:  Nadi, Rose

Mar 4, 2018 – Sail Away/Facets @ Winds of the Sahara Cabaret
           Dancers:  solo

Feb 24, 2018 – The Greatest Show @ Elysium Matinee
           Dancers:  Cowgrl, Delaney, Leila, Spice, Rose, Laycie

Feb , 2018 – 9 to 5 @ Noir Neverland
           Dancers:  Gracie, Tristan, Neicho, Diamonte, …

Feb , 2018 – LaLala @ Winds of the Sahara Cabaret
           Dancers:  Victory, Gracie, …

Feb , 2018 – The Greatest Show @ Elysium
           Dancers:  Cowgrl, Delaney, Leila, Spice, Rose, Laycie

Nov 24, 2017 – 9 to 5 Remix/7 Dwarves
           Dancers:  Nick, Aelva, Elayn, Shadow, Cowgrl, Delaney

Lady Garden Cabaret - November 24 2017

Lady Garden Cabaret - November 24 2017

Lady Garden Cabaret - November 24 2017

Lady Garden Cabaret - November 24 2017

Lady Garden Cabaret - November 24 2017

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See Me, Feel Me: In Sync, Mirrored, and Contrast

See Me, Feel Me.  A dance performance, generally RL, that touched me in some way, but I won’t go into detail how.  That’s for you to feel, to see, to listen for yourself.  I watch dance performances in SL, and in RL through videos.  I sink deep into them, how do I feel, how do I react to it, can I feel the movement, does it inspire me, or do I dislike it.  In turn, I believe it expands my own mind and creativity.

A story.  Emotion.  Push and pull.  The contrast in choreography.  Inspiration.  Wow.

What do you see?

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HQ Workshops are Back!

After a hiatus and a sim move, HQ workshops are available once again!  Thank you all who returned the surveys, a few changes have been made in direct response to your submissions!

So, what’s new?

  • The classroom and building areas have been redone, more space, more prims, and hopefully a fun and inspiring layout!
  • Workshops will be offered at 5 pm on Tuesdays, and another on the weekend – Sat or Sun at 12 pm.
  • New workshops have been added, and will continue to expand.
  • Based on a lot of feedback, pre-registration is on longer required.  Workshops have been restructured to accommodate.  Note: the sim will close to arrivals 5 minutes after the workshop start time.

Below are the workshops for March.  Check out for additional workshops through March!

Tues Mar 20th – 5 pm slt
An Introduction to Dance & Choreography in SL
Have the passion and desire to create your own dance, want to unveil the magic of how a choreographer creates, but not sure where to begin?  Together we cover those first steps, considerations, and building a strong foundation.

Sat Mar 24th – 12 pm slt
Performance Director Class 3:  Advanced, Making it Sing
** Requires experience in creating a full PD routine

Tues Mar 27th – 5 pm slt
The Smooth Dancer HUD – Focus on Foundation & Putting it to Work
** Requires the Spot On Smooth Dancer HUD

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A Sense of Order in a World of Chaos

You ever have that moment where you feel that all is under control, you know where you’re going, and everything is coming together beautifully?  I enjoy those .32657 seconds too!

As I contemplate the dances I need to work on…and the laptop cord my puppy chewed up…and lament that the new cord won’t be here until tomorrow {big dramatic sigh}, I consider the “chaos” and my need for order.

SL Lag & My inventory!

John Hammond: You’re right, you’re absolutely right. Hiring Nedry was a mistake, that’s obvious, we’re over-dependent on automation, I can see that now. Now the next time, everything’s correctable. Creation is an act of sheer will. Next time it’ll be flawless.
Ellie Sattler: It’s still the flea circus. It’s all an illusion.
John Hammond: When we have control again–
Ellie Sattler: You never had control! That’s the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too. I didn’t have enough respect for that power and it’s out now. The only thing that matters now are the people we love. Alan and Lex and Tim…John,they’re out there where people are dying. So…[takes a spoonful of ice cream;swallows] It’s good.

OK.  I’m giggling.  Either I’ve gone off the deep end (totally possible) or something struck a nerve.

If you enjoy creating anything in SL, performing, hosting, having wild sex romps, you know that control is an illusion.  We can’t control SL lag, which is one of the biggest beasts of all and has been the demise of more than one dance show.  We can’t control when the power goes out for whatever reason, or when the cat eats the keys off the keyboard, or the puppy chews up the power supply cord.  (Well….working on those last two…)

By the way, do you know how much fun it is when you have a touch screen and your cat decides to pounce on it?  I swear I didn’t mean to tp onto the stage…of male dancers…of nearly naked male dancers….uh huh….

Control is an illusion.  I have an overwhelming need for a sense of order.  I like to have a flow to things, a place for everything and everything in its place.  I love systems, and structure (as long as it was my idea…it’s a Scorpio thing), and knowing what’s when.

I could spend every moment in SL getting my inventory completely organized.  After I missed some dance deadlines and realized that (plus other things) are more stressful than a messy inventory, I employ the good enough approach.  Get a basic semblance of order, then tackle one thing at a time.  So it may take me 15 minutes to dress right now, I know I’ll get my new duds in my wardrobe soon.  I’ve got this new fascination with selling on marketplace, and gacha grab boxes (someone pleeeease save me!), but time for that has now been relegated to the weekend.

Balancing everything is a challenge we all face – RL to SL time, creating, spending time with friends, contemplative time, exploring, and organizing.  As I sit here, knowing my laptop is slooowly reaching the end of its juice…I remind myself that it’s not the end of the world.  Focus, deep breaths, and enjoying what I do are more important than the compulsions I can keep at bay my procrastinating them.  (Woot!  A good thing to procrastinate on!)

Control is an illusion.  Sometimes SL will be wonky and a tool will be a challenge (aka PITA), or lag will hold up all our particles until the very end, or the music stream will cut out, or objects will take forever to rez.  While I have visions of a perfectly organized and indexed inventory so I always know exactly what I have, that won’t happen either.

Sometimes we need to hold on for the ride, do the best we can do, but never forget to enjoy the journey.  Isn’t that the point?  Tackle one thing at a time and feel a sense of accomplishment in that.  Prioritize, and build in time to enjoy too.  When emotions slam you over the head, find a way to knock yourself out of those moments and have them at the ready for next time.  Stretch, do things you’ve always wanted to do, no excuses, no self doubt.

Oh, and exciting news!  I’m working on my first blog post for Dance Queens…so stay tuned!

Happy to be a fruit loop-
~ Eva

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Be a Fruit Loop in a World of Cheerios…

I’m a fruit loop…and I like being a fruit loop.

(Yep that’s me)

Blessed are the weird people:
poets, misfits, writers
mystics, painters, troubadours
for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” ~ Jacob Nordby


it doesn’t mean that sometimes I don’t question myself, let those doubts sink in.

“Am I good enough?  Am I too weird?  Do they not like what I do?  Are they better than me?  Would someone else be better than me?  Who am I to do this?  …”

Over time, I’ve had many “gut check” moments…when I’ve lost my focus, lost my inspiration.  I was completely shocked the other day when someone commented they could see it in the dances I created, the music choices I’ve made.  She could see how the feelings inside reflected in my creative choices, and how as the feelings changed those choices did too.  Sometimes my creativity slows to a near crawl…either in a lack of ideas or a lack of desire.

These gut check moments come for different reasons – sometimes a respite is needed, stop the never ending treadmill we may have jumped on.  Sometimes it’s the calm as energy builds up for a new breakthrough.  Sometimes it’s caused by internal transition or DOUBT.  All of those have a purpose.  The key is getting to the other side.  Get back on the horse…or a bigger horse…or maybe a speckled horse instead of a brown one.  IT’S ALWAYS YOUR CHOICE WHAT HORSE TO RIDE.  (Or cowboy…but that’s a whole different post.)

Doubt can be a catalyst.  You can face your fears and overcome them or you can do this:

ok…who brought the tissues?

One thought just shouts out in my mind…one that is so important to me, and almost a mantra of sorts now.

They aren’t better, just different.

I am on a constant crusade to learn new things, to improve, to be more outgoing.  Some people may “get me”, some won’t.  Some people may like what I do, the energy I bring, the way I do things, some won’t.

You know what?  That’s OK!

There are always other opportunities.  Instead of doubting, do your own self check – do you feel you’re doing a good job?  If yes, then keep doing it!  If you’re just not happy, move on!  Try different venues, be creative.  I may never dance for Monarch’s or be a “top” DJ, but I can love doing what I do, keep evolving, and embrace whatever comes in an unknown future.

Something else I’ve realized:  By hanging onto a situation that doesn’t work anymore, you are hurting not only yourself but the other party too!  You are holding yourself back from what may be an amazing opportunity waiting out there, and you are holding them back from finding someone who fills their needs and culture better.

Change is scary, change can really suck, but change can also bring about amazing new things.  Trust in yourself, do your best, keep growing, and do those internal self checks once in a while.  Believe in yourself, and know it’s ok to be different.

~ Eva “fruit loop” Harley


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*THIS* is what happens while you create a dance!

OK, I stumbled on this and honestly….this is scary accurate for what a choreographer goes through when creating a dance.  Get it?  Scary?  Hahahahahaha!  I just amuse myself…

Oh sure…it’s simple they said…just buy some animations they said….a set?  just need a box with some moving pictures on it they said…..moving?  who needs to move?  pfft…they said.


Know what else?  To me – it’s worth it, and as I go through the creative process I decide IF I need all the “stuff”.  After a song just pounds away in my head DEMANDING to be created, I brainstorm every thought, feeling, idea, marketplace prop I think of and find.

Know what?  A lot ends up on the cutting room floor.

and that’s OK.

We’re creating a dance, not a movie, but in a way aren’t they a bit the same?  We want to tell a story, we want to evoke an emotion, to share something of ourselves.  True – we’re not going to make a billion dollars but we also (hopefully) don’t have a studio breathing down our neck telling us how we have to do something either.

For me, a lot of the choices and considerations in that diagram above are spot on!  Except maybe the party for the premiere bit…I need to work on that…

So…do you follow a process when creating a dance?  Do you have a flow, make conscious choices, or kinda just toss it all together and see what comes out?  Is either way better?  Hmmm…

–> off to make a horror movie

~ Eva

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