This Week & Dance Resources Index

Upcoming Events:
full calendar:  https://harleyquinadventure.com/2017/03/31/calendar/

Fri Apr 20th – 6 pm slt show
Elysium Cabaret 

Sat Apr 21st – 11 am show DJ
Autism Awareness Event – Winds of the Sahara

Sat Apr 21st – 1 pm slt show
Autism Awareness Event – Harleyquin Performance

Sun Apr 22nd – 5 pm slt show
Winds of the Sahara Cabaret – Performing & DJing

Wed Apr 25th – 3 pm slt show
Fantasy Faire – Harleyquin Performance

Sat Apr 28th – 10 am slt show
Fantasy Faire – Harleyquin Performance

Sat Apr 28th – 1 pm slt show
Elysium Cabaret matinee

Sat Apr 28th – 5 pm slt show
Dream Time Theatre

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

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

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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 – 3 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.

Sun Apr 29th – 9 am slt
Performance Director Class 3:  Advanced, Making it Sing
** Requires experience in creating a full PD routine

Sun Apr 29th – 1 pm 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

 
Harleyquin Workshops
Harleyquin Workshop Descriptions

Creating a Dance:

Sirens Call to Dance – a beginning
The Official Book of Dance Rules
Choosing Music
Don’t Rush into Using All the Tools! Build a Strong Foundation
Definition Time!
Dance Knowledge – a Sharing
New Dancers Resource

Choreography:

The Magical World of Animations and Choreography
Freestyle!  Learn your animations & have fun
Creating Choreography – My Flow

Building:

*New   Building Blocks – Phantom Sets & Special Object Properties

Effects:

Particle Power to the People
*New  Particle Principles – The Art of Knowing When to Say When
Lighting Tutorial

Spot On:

Moving Objects with Choreography Design System
Performance Director – Starting People Backstage
Smooth Dancer Tips for Choreography
Tips and Tricks – Stage Manager
Tools Tips & Tricks

Favorites Stores and Tools:

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

Music:

Audacity – Music Player and Editing Program
Editing Music – Audacity Video Tutorial
TROFF – an amazing music tool for choreography, reblogged from SLNightMagic

Misc. Tips:

Sticky note holder and notes in sequences
Blogging Ideas – Using a Private Blog for Keeping Creative Ideas and Inspiration
Camera and Video Tips & Tricks

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Apr 29th Workshop – Performance Director 3, Making it Sing

A repeat class has been added for those who can’t make the class on April 21st. Harleyquin Workshops

Sunday, Apr 29th – 9 am slt
Harleyquin 
Workshop – Performance Director 3

Instructor:  Eva Harley

Workshop length:  1.5 hours

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whistlyn/65/16/2601

You’ve used your Performance Director on stage, know what groups are, and feel comfortable creating routines.  You want to do MORE with it, but what can you do?  That’s what we’re exploring during this workshop!

We’re taking it to the next level, more complicated routines, incorporating special effects, triggers, private IMs, multiple routines, layering, autoloading, debugging, and more!  A mix of demonstration and open forum sharing.

Workshop will be presented in VOICE.  Please have voice enabled before arriving.

REQUIREMENTS:   Please bring a fully loaded and prepared Performance Director with a routine you can “play” with.  You will also need a “clean” Spot On mover to stand on.  Mover notecards will be provided.

Be prepared to really work, play, and learn!  This will be a very in-depth workshop.

* No registration required, but PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY to prepare.  The sim will be closed 5 minutes before the workshop start time and re-open after the workshop ends.

There are no costs to attend Harleyquin Workshops.  Contributions always appreciated.

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My Gut Check Moment…Ego and Negativity

Ego.

One of my biggest fears here in this world of SL.  I fear that I will develop an ego, think that I’m better than others, be judgmental and negative.  That instead of lifting others up, I will tear them down – directly or indirectly.

I don’t want that.  Ever.

We all twitter a bit at times, sometimes rant to a trusted friend because we need to.  When does it become hostile?  Negative?  Excessive?  Over the top and toxic?  When do we realize our conversations with others, and even conversations within ourselves, have become little more than personal criticism of others?

I watch…all the time.  I evaluate and learn from this.   It’s part of my “systems analysis” psyche.  How things are done, what clicks with me, what I could do better, inspiration to expand and improve what I create.  These in my mind are positive things.  The difference…I evaluate what I see – art, creation, performance, music…in whatever I’m doing, not the people.  I critique myself most of all, and most times I’m an extremely harsh critique of myself.  (Sometimes too much, and this has its own consequences which is a whooole other topic.)  I apply this information to what I do, create, what I want to learn how to do better.  I grow.  In my mind, evaluating an experience is very different than critiquing a person.

There will always be people we have difficulty working with, no matter what world it is.  We will always have people who frustrate us (heck, I might be one of them), but we have a choice in how we react to the situation.

Someone I call a friend, whom I dearly hope I haven’t offended in some way, posted this:

“The dance community used to be a wonderful, supportive place, full of creative and loving people.  Lately however, I know it is me, I have changed somehow I guess; but the bickering, the finger pointing, the egos, unfriendliness in the community has just depressed me so I am stepping back.”

Am I on a soapbox, preaching about negativity and ego?  NO.  Hell to the no.

According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition of “gut check”:
Gut check was originally a tennis term to describe a player pausing a moment to think about what just happened by closely examining and possibly adjusting his racquet strings. Back in the day strings were made of cat gut, commonly refered to as gut. This usually occurred after a great shot by an opponent.

I am having a gut check moment.  Looking within, at recent interactions, making things right – or as right as I can in two circumstances I know of.  Pulling myself back from the edge of this slippery slope because:

I don’t want to lead a negative and toxic life.  I don’t want others to feel those energies from me, and people can feel them when they are there.  I want to lift others up when I interact with them, not make them feel less either directly from me or second-hand by the telling of others.

I can address the situations head on, or I can remove myself from those situations.  I can choose my mindset.  I cannot control what others do, but I can control how I respond.  I can review my emotions, and not reply from a negative place because internally I’m hurting.

I do not want to have an ego.
I do not want to feel I need to “compete” or “be better than others”.
I do not feel I’m better than others.
I want to love what I do and have positive interactions, walking away or changing the situation when they aren’t.

I have my moments, just like we all do.  I do sometimes get “too big for my britches” until something slaps me down and reminds me of humility.  Right now?  This is my gut check moment.

There are truly amazing people in the world of dance and wonderful experiences to be had, who bring light into this world we share.

I strive to stand in the light.
~ Eva

powerful thoughts

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Performance & DJ Random Pics

When categorizing defies the laws of nature…

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Apr 21st Workshop – Performance Director 3, Making it Sing

Harleyquin Workshops

Saturday, Apr 21st – 3 pm slt
Harleyquin 
Workshop – Performance Director 3

Instructor:  Eva Harley

Workshop length:  1.5 hours

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whistlyn/65/16/2601

You’ve used your Performance Director on stage, know what groups are, and feel comfortable creating routines.  You want to do MORE with it, but what can you do?  That’s what we’re exploring during this workshop!

We’re taking it to the next level, more complicated routines, incorporating special effects, triggers, private IMs, multiple routines, layering, autoloading, debugging, and more!  A mix of demonstration and open forum sharing.

Workshop will be presented in VOICE.  Please have voice enabled before arriving.

REQUIREMENTS:   Please bring a fully loaded and prepared Performance Director with a routine you can “play” with.  You will also need a “clean” Spot On mover to stand on.  Mover notecards will be provided.

Be prepared to really work, play, and learn!  This will be a very in-depth workshop.

* No registration required, but PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY to prepare.  The sim will be closed 5 minutes before the workshop start time and re-open after the workshop ends.

There are no costs to attend Harleyquin Workshops.  Contributions always appreciated.

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Amazing Events, Mood, Music, & Random Thoughts

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It’s been soooo long since I’ve just rambled on my blog.  Amazing how time just seems to fly faster and faster since I began Madness.

If we haven’t met in SL before – why not???  I’m sure you too may enjoy my foray into the insane and passionate, quirky.. and some days flying by the seat of my pants..ha!  Such a mix sometimes, being a moody Scorpio, a horrid procrastinator (still working on that!), a “system and order” loving psyche, and this crazy creative wild streak that has dancers in my head almost all the time.  Some days it has me doing circles or hiding under my rock!

I must say, it has been an extremely challenging month.  Sometimes reactions and emotions have me running the opposite way of the dancers in my head (that doesn’t make them happy btw).  Sometimes I’m so intensely focused, new ideas floating in my head as I create.  I build a set, strip it, rebuild it, and go wild on it.  A recent one took almost 5 solid days worth of work in total…over 40 hours for a single bit of music.  How insane is that?  What I can’t put a price on is how happy it makes me, how much it moves me when it’s complete, how thrilled I am to share it with others or even just watch it myself.  Every dance is an expression of me in some way.

Note to self – sometimes it’s NOT a good idea AT ALL to try to learn something new when I’m on a tight time frame.  I’m a systems person, generally take very quickly to new programs and software.  Blender is totally kicking my ass with my newest endeavor.  After backtracking and finding a quick solution that worked great, I think I should take the time and learn to crawl before I try to run a marathon with it, eh?

The events part?  The main one is the Lighting the Way – Autism Awareness charity event.  I am so honored to be part of it – through Moonstone Theatre, Winds of the Sahara, and my own troupe – Harleyquin.  It’s still going strong this week, so I do hope you can find some time to make it!

I’m also participating in Fantasy Faire this year – which has been more of a challenge than I anticipated but I keep reminding myself that it’s good to be flexible, open-minded, and do my best and enjoy the ride.  If everything runs smoothly, I think it will be a fun event – and as a DragonCon fan in RL, what’s not to love about Fantasy Faire in SL?

Sometimes I’m really chill, or I go along with something I really should stand up to, other times I will be really vocal and demanding.  The key I think is knowing the difference, what really is the best course of action and taking it.  I’m reminding myself that it’s good to be flexible, while not letting people walk all over me/take advantage of my “let’s do this” mentality, or be part of something that’s not a positive experience for me.  Life is too short and SL is the last place where I need toxic experiences and people in my life.

I’m taking some time off from performing in May so that I can focus on creating the new dances that are swirling about in my head, or the ones that I’ve begun and not finished…or are missing those finishing details that make it amazing.

Some have taken longer this month…having reached a point where it didn’t “feel right” as I created.  This usually means that instead of pushing through I need to stop and figure out what direction my creative mind REALLY wants to go.  Sometimes I wish my head had a GPS and would just tell me to “turn right here” or “at the nearest convenience, take a u-turn”.  My inventory is chock full of stuff I was going to use, then changed my mind.

I found my biggest thing lately is that my imagination creates these super complex dance sets & scripts and bells and whistles, but that sometimes stripping it back and going simple is *so* much more powerful.  A simple set, strong choreography, and the particular entrance and placement of the dancers can do so very much for a dance that my original complex idea pales by comparison.  That was a happy accident…

I DJ the performances at Winds of the Sahara and straight DJ Shagwong Cove at 11 am slt on Sundays.  Sometimes I wonder about the straight DJ gigs- my biggest passion is dance, but then like this morning I lose myself in high energy mood lifting music and I can’t imagine not DJing – not creating the playlists and letting lose a bit, not taking requests and being exposed to so much music I’d never heard before.  Scorpio that I am, I study what a good DJ does, I pay attention to ones I love in SL, I strive to create great playlists and experiences.  Alan Walker is my new idol – and wow, he’s done a new mix to This is Me.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwoDYJWWXW0   To create like this would be beyond my wildest dreams…

Why do I always forget that listening to music can lift my mood?  Help me work through a feeling I’m experiencing???

I like the Sunday blocks because I only schedule them for an hour, but may go over.  My theory?  “hit em hard and take them for a ride”.  Keep the energy and the fun high.  If I’m not having a great time…I’m tired, worn out, stressed, I *know* that comes across.  This one hour block helps get me out of the treadmill I can fall onto…just let everything else go for that time and have fun.  It’s not better than chocolate for lifting a mood, but it’s damn close!

I wish I had more time to experience other things, exploring sims, live singers and events.  Thankfully the gacha machines may have forgotten my name – and that’s a good thing!

Always such a challenge to balance.  Taking May off of performing to reboot.  DJing and workshops will still go on though!

May your SL be AMAZING – and be who you are meant to be!  We are all mad here, if we can’t embrace our inner selves in this world, where can we?

Unabashedly a bit mad,
~ Eva ‘fruit loop’ Harley

 

 

 

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Blogging & Building Blocks – Phantom and other special object properties

When it comes to dance in SL, there are two things that I strongly believe in:

Knowledge is power

Dance should stem from choreography, choreography from emotion and feeling

To this end, I try to and enjoy freely sharing information, thoughts, and even struggles that I go through being part of the amazing world of dance in SL.  In turn, I am grateful to all those who have taught, supported, nudged, and even disagreed with me in my journey.

Be open to everything, all new ideas, methods, tools, inspirations – then decide where you want to focus your effort and your time, decide what methods work for you – and make it yours.

At times, I may have more to share than at others.  Or, perhaps it is the calm before the storm as I gear up for new Harleyquin workshops.  Sometimes new opportunities arise, ones that can provide additional outreach in certain facets.

On the Dance Queens blog, I’ve been inspired to explore new topics – written for a different audience, slightly less opinionated than I am occasionally here.  <grins>

I will share the link here, for I hope others may find it of value.  For this post, I explain the special properties you can assign your objects, and why I believe sets and props should almost always be phantom.

My post, on Dance Queens blog:
Dance Queens: Building Blocks & the “Phantom” Menace

Enjoy, and as always, yours in dance
~ Eva

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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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