Creating a Small Stage Performance

Please check the calendar to see when this workshop is next scheduled or contact EvaHarley inworld if you are interested.  Harleyquin Calendar

Workshop Overview:

Small stage performances are not just for the small stage!  By using panels to reduce the size of your dance area, you can create smaller, more intimate, and creative performances where you become the central focus – and still perform anywhere!  Without the need to create a large set and with just a minimal use of movers, you can focus your effort and creativity, showcasing your choreography and style.   Creating a small stage performance is also ideal for the new choreographer and we’ll explore why.

During this workshop we will be reviewing the benefits and considerations in creating a small stage performance, the difference in choosing props, costumes, and effects, and how creating for the small stage can provide additional creative opportunities for dance either as a solo or for a small number of dancers.  We will also review how to adapt your small stage set to fit in a standard sized venue.

This workshop will be presented as a combination of demonstration, discussion, and play!

** Please bring an animation HUD pre-loaded with a variety of animations to participate

Workshop Flow:

Class Materials Provided:

  • a random small stage set
  • notecard with a music link corresponding to your small stage set


  • Attach your animation HUD which is pre-loaded with a variety of animations


  • Brief demonstration of a small stage performance
  • What is a small stage performance
  • Benefits and considerations
  • Activity – rez your own pre-textured small stage, assigned randomly
  • Choreography and movement within your small stage
  • Choosing props, costumes, and effects for the small stage
  • Sharing ideas, inspiration, and suggestions
  • How to adapt your small set to fit in a standard sized venue

Jump Start:

Helpful things to know if you’d like a bit of a head start.

Review a number of performances on the grid – from “standard-sized” stages such as Elysium, Noir, Winds, to other venues using smaller stage areas such as Club Image, Inanna, etc.  As you watch the performances, no matter the stage size – what do you notice about the dance focus, what do you notice about the different stage sizes?  You may even notice choreographers performing a small stage dance on a large stage.

Thought to ponder:  If you performed within a smaller “box” – how could your dance be memorable, what kind of props might you use?  Dream a little. 🙂