The Madness Continues… oh, and pivots

So, I was thinking…

WordPress changed their blogging setup, and I’m still not comfortable with it. Eh…it’s time to dance right? So…thoughts recently.

Pivots. This has been in my brain a lot. In part because I’ve started writing a class on couples dance. I believe it was five and a half years ago I started with Spirit Light Dance Company. My first experience in dance in SL. Back before Spot On existed, or the performance director. Barre was around but my company used a manual hud, every animation, every mover movement was a click. I had to learn coordination, I had to practice for hours. Every dance was in the moment. Because everything was manual and there were no dance groups on the hud, it was almost always a joint effort. I began by making the frogs jump and shimmy. I’d do the walks, I had to coordinate with the other hud operators for the dance. I’m glad I learned this way.

One of the directors, Caryl, who still leads SLDC today taught me about pivots. By changing the perspective of an animation – turning the dances a quarter turn, eighth of a turn could *dramatically* change the animation and how dancers “related” to each other. You suddenly add a new energy, a new “picture” of the dancers on the stage. We frequently see mirror animations used – but don’t be afraid to pivot your dancers on the stage using waypoints!

One of my favorite sayings: The stage is your canvas, the dancers your paint.

I shared on dance queens a post about my recent burnout, and my crawl back into finding the magic in dance again. Honestly – it’s a little scary to reveal something so personal, so imperfect. I am not perfect and will never pretend to be – but nor am I weak. Is it society that teaches us that we must be “strong” all the time? What is strong by the way? And who says so? I’m so very thankful for the people who stuck by me. Who never stopped believing in me even when I had nothing new to give.

I’ve moved to a new sim, new structure for the teaching area but it feels gooood. Less is more – especially in this age of SL gadgets and such. (I’m a gadget geek.) Slow and steady, ears to the ground and following my heart. Onward and upward!

Ok, that’s all of those euphemism things I’ve got. Happy dancing – and never lose your inspiration!

~ Eva

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Learn & Play! New stuff this week! (5/18-5/25)

“Hey hey we’re the monkees…and people say we monkey around
but we’re too busy dancing!

It’s a fantastic thing to once again wake up to music in my head. The dancers in my head have been quiet for waaay too long but I hear some shuffling up there which is a great sign! So…..what’s the plan? Changing up the workshops, a bit of newness, add a sprinkle of glitter and fun…voila’!

New changes: all workshops will start promptly at 15 after and the sim will be closed once begun to minimize distractions. A couple other things in the works – stay tuned!

Harleyquin Learning Center:

Sat, May 18th

9:15 am slt
Moves & Grooves – meshing music, choreograph
y, and transitions
Fully interactive dance session as we practice meshing music, creating choreography, choosing animations, transitions, and more! A dance HUD with animations is required, bring questions and problem transitions!
(60 mins, Dance Studio)

11:15 am slt
Spot On Tools

We’re taking a stroll through the primary Spot On Tools, what they can do, and the order to learn them for a strong dance foundation. Take them for a test drive, and bring your questions! Geared towards the new dancer, those interested in new tools, and anyone with questions.
(60 mins, Project Platform)

Sat, May 25th

9:15 am slt
Field Trip – Particle Stores

Once a month we pack our trail mix and kool-aid before taking off for the great unknown. This month’s itinerary is three particle stores where we will explore what’s available, different types, considerations, and how to use. Meet at Harleyquin @ 9:15 to catch the bus!
(1 hour, Field Trip)

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Sometimes you need to take apart the pieces to put them back together in a different way…

I think we hibernate. Crawl into our cave where it is, and we stay there for a while. If I still lived where it snowed, I’d hibernate just because of the snow. But I don’t…so why?

Toss on a robe, candle lantern to light just what’s right in front of him. Simple. So, what does the tarot card mean?

The Hermit suggests that you are in a phase of introspection where you are drawing your attention inwards and looking for answers within. You are in need of a period of inner reflection, away from the current demands of your position.

Do I know when I’m hermitting? Sometimes, but most often not. Does it feel like I’m missing pieces? That something is out of alignment? Yep. Do I miss connecting with people I care about but feel like I’m looking out through a fish tank of clear goo? Right again.

Sometimes by choice, but most of the time for me it’s a compulsion – a need. I’m overwhelmed with thoughts, with stuff, and I need to process it all. There’s a need to reduce stimuli, focus on simple,”safe” things while the gears whir away in my head until the pieces snap back into place.

burnout change transition

The most important part? Coming out the other side.

I’ve missed you all and I’m so thrilled to be back!

Yours in dance,

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Workshops this Week! (3/9-3/11)

The chaos has settled a bit, Spring is coming, and workshops are ready to roll again! The Animation Shopping field trip was soo much fun and a big hit!

So what’s on the calendar this week? Hope to see you soon!

Sat, Mar 9th

9 am slt
Mini Workshop: Animation Organizer – [NDS]Animation Manager 

Own the NDS Animation Organizer but not quite comfortable with it yet? Interested in learning more about this great tool for organizing your animations? Bring your own to work with, or play with one of mine for this mini-workshop!
(30 mins, Gadget Central)

10 am slt
Choreography Designer Class 3 – Creating Multiple Dancer Routes, Using Prefixes and Mirroring

A step beyond the basics, we start exploring some of the additional features that can make creating choreography routes so much easier!  Know how to update a movement card?  Add waypoints, what (travel) time and sleep time are?  This is the next step as we explore other handy options available – what they do, why you would want to use them, and most importantly – how!  You’ll wonder how you worked without using handy features such as prefixes, stats, particle paths, and copying choreography routes in seconds!
(60 mins, Build Studio)

Requirements to participate:  Own Spot On Choreography Design System 2.0, have a basic familiarity with creating waypoints and updating the mover notecard.   All are welcome to attend and listen!

11 am slt
INTERACTIVE 2.0: Choreography Designer Class 3 – Creating Multiple Dancer Routes, Using Prefixes and Mirroring

Feel free to stay, ask questions, and practice what we covered during the workshop! Informal and interactive!
(60 min, Build Studio)

Mon, Mar 11th

5 pm slt
Introduction to Dance & Choreography

This workshop was created for anyone new or interested in becoming a choreographer and current choreographers interested in reinforcing their foundation in dance.  The workshop will be presented in a comfortable discussion type format – interaction is encouraged! During this workshop we’ll be introducing what we believe are the key aspects of dance and offer suggestions for building a strong foundation.  Components of dance, what is choreography, starting tools, considerations, and bringing your vision to life will also be discussed.
(60 mins, Atrium)

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No workshops today, Spring cleaning and newness

No workshops for today – I’m working on some fixing some system issues. There will be some new blog posts this week and some workshop restructuring. I’m excited – and hope to see y’all soon!

~ Eva

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Simple Scripting – Making Particles Listen

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

Workshop Overview:

During this mini-workshop we will focus on how to take a full perm particle script and make it into a particle that can “listen”, allowing you to control turning it on and off.  An example full perm particle script and a “trigger” script will be provided.  After attending this workshop, you will be able to convert almost any full perm particle script into a particle you can control with your dance HUD.

(30 min, Build Studio)

Workshop Flow:

Jump Start:

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

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A Common Theme…Stay Strong

Stay strong. One of those catch phrases we often see on mugs. But..

what if it’s more than that? What if it’s a mantra to remind ourselves we ARE strong. Even when life seems to want to push us down, shove us in a corner, until we feel compelled to hide in our cave until it’s safe again?

You ARE strong. Even when others sow doubt in our minds. Make us think we are wrong, that there is something wrong with who we are.

Fight back.

Not in words. But in belief in yourself. In knowing you have the right to be who you are. Shed the negativity, let it slide off you like a summer rain. Don’t let that negativity control you, change you.

You CAN choose how you respond, physically, emotionally, internally. You CAN choose to believe in your self. That you ARE strong.

Stay Strong.

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New Resources are being added!

Slow and steady is the name of the game lately – but things are progressing.

A new feature has been added – a list of full perm clothing/shoe/jewelry creators has been added and frequently updated.

Take a look, here

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Oh my! New particles released?

Sometimes I love to lurk on marketplace and see what’s new – especially the gadgets section. It looks like M2D and Illusions have both released new particles.

M2D – Marketplace
Illusions – Marketplace

Lots of promising uses for the new particles they’ve released! Check out their marketplace store and sort by most recent first – then go check them out in world if you can! M2D’s in-world store is definitely not one to be missed!

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Be fierce and OWN who you REALLY are


I love watching Ted Talks, everything from bamboo houses to insight into amazing art to thought provoking topics.

When I was young, I thought I’d have everything figured out by now.  Now?  I’m still a work in progress.  Always learning, always changing, always exploring who I am, finding my path and those special things inside of me.

les brown trials
Sometimes I feel stuck.  Sometimes it feels like I should hang an “out of order” sign around my neck.  Sometimes I feel alone or unmotivated.

THAT is my mind’s message saying


I always think body language is how I come across to others.  I’ve never thought about how it came across to me.  When I’m completely absorbed in something, I’m all kinds of spread out, moving, arms waving (even if no one can see me).  Very often I’m surrounded by notes, and books, and notepads.  Sometimes I’ve even got my legs kicked up, keyboard balanced on my lap.  I’m OWNING IT, and I’m in the zone.

Not always though.  Sometimes I’m flustered and nervous.  I can hear it in my voice.  My muscles are tense as I draw my shoulders in.  I say thank you 50 times, and I apologize 100.  I’m not confident and I’m not focused where I need to be.

WHY?     Fear.    of trying something new.  of failing.  of not being prepared.  of being judged and found lacking.

What sucks about society is that others can pound this feeling into us.  That we’re not good enough.  That it will never happen.  That we can’t do it.  If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “You’ll never…..”.  For every doubtful look.  Deflating comment.  Even worse?  the walls put in place by others to set us up for failure.  What happens?  WE BELIEVE IT.  I can feel myself drawing inward, shoulders hunched.  Not inspired.  A ghost.  How I stand, my body language, effects me too.

The Ted Talk below was enlightening.  My favorite parts?  Tiny tweaks = big changes and don’t fake it until you make it, fake it until you become it.  Now go stand like superwoman for two minutes (yes – guys too!).  Raise your hands in the air in pride!  You GOT this!  Go be you, no apologies!

My word of the day – POWERFUL!

~ Eva

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