Dance Resources – Tips & Tricks

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 – 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…with your own voice.  ~ Eva

Harleyquin Workshops – check back in Dec 2021

Creating a Dance:

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

Sirens Call Blog Series:

Post 1 – An Introduction to Dance
Post 2 – Observation, Learning Style, and Inspiration
Post 3 – What is Choreography and Choosing Music
Post 4 – Animations
Post 5 – Basic Skills Needed Before Working with an Animation HUD
Post 6 – Animation HUDs! It’s time to move it – move it
Post 7 – Learning Your HUD, Animations & Caching
Post 8 – Beginning to Choreograph
Post 9 – Freestyling, Transitions, Tempo Changes, Hits and More!


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


Building Blocks – The Magic of Phantom Objects & Reducing Lag in the Process


Particle Power to the People
Particle Principles – The Art of Knowing When to Say When
Particle Principles – Types of particles & how to use them
Lighting Tutorial
Dancers Particle HUDs – Activate with a Chat Command

Spot On:

visit for helpful information & quick start guides

Smooth Dancer:

Workshop Notes: An Introduction, Putting Your HUD to Work
Workshop Notes: Focus on Sequences
Smooth Dancer Tips for Choreography
Tips & Tricks – Smooth Dancer

Choreography Design System:

Moving Objects with Choreography Design System

Performance Director:

Performance Director – Starting People Backstage

Stage Manager:

Tips & Tricks – Stage Manager

Spot On Troubleshooting:

Movers move for dancers not in that dance (using dummy notecards)
Troubleshooting – Costume Assistant
Troubleshooting – Performance Director
Troubleshooting – Choreo Designer
Troubleshooting – Smooth Dancer

Stores and Resources:

Animation Stores
UPDATED (2/12) Particles Stores
NEW (1/31) Stores – Full Perm Clothing/Items for Costuming
NEW (2/4) Stores – Full Perm Items for Building
NEW (2/5) Full Perm Texture Stores
Smart Shopper – Sale lists, discounts, credits, and resources for dance

Favorites Tools:

Gadget Ninja Spotlight:  Animation Organizer – Boom Station
Gadget Ninja SpotLight:  Animation Organizer – [NDS]Animation Manager
Gadget Ninja Spotlight : Camera View/Save Setup HUD
Gadget Ninja Spotlight : +[BN]+ Group Change HUD
Gadget Ninja SpotLight:  Personal Aura System
Gadget Ninja SpotLight:   FASTer HUD: Avatar Clothing and Attachment Manager


Audacity – Music Player and Editing Program
Editing Music – Audacity Video Tutorial
TROFF – an amazing music tool for choreography, reblogged from SLNightMagic
Harleyquin Workshop Notes:  An Introduction to Troff
Insight on Being a Dance Performance DJ

Barre Animation & Choreography HUD:

Barre HUD Benefits & Basics, using it for the first time

Other Topics:

Beginning Your Own Troupe/Venue – thoughts, suggestions, and observations
Metabolt Text viewer – using dance alts for testing your dances

Misc. Tips:

Tips & Tricks: Use World Area Search to find movers FAST!
Sticky note holder and notes in sequences
Blogging Ideas – Using a Private Blog for Keeping Creative Ideas and Inspiration
Camera and Video Tips & Tricks
Why Region Say is Best – An exploration of Region Say, Shout, and Say for Triggering Effects

Firestorm Features for Dance:

zdrop for Firestorm users – move animations and inventory fast!
Firestorm Keyboard Shortcuts