Performance Director – The Basics

NEW 2018:  Performance Director –  The Basics, What is the Performance Director?

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Tutor:  Eva Harley (EvaHarley Resident)
Last updated: 7/21/2018

Workshop Summary:

Bringing Dance Sequences & Choreography Designer Together in the Performance Director

An introduction to what the Performance Director can do and how it brings together the power of timed sequences, movers, and more.  This class will focus on exploring the HUD, the structure of the Performance Director Routine notecard, and different aspects of how this tool can be used as the conductor of your performance.

Workshop Notes:

An Introduction to the Performance Director

Maybe you know this feeling:

You have your choreo designer HUD on your screen to start your movers. Your dance is all recorded and you’re wearing you Smooth Dancer HUD. You have your set in Stage Manager ready to go. Don’t forget that for the curtain you need to type in the chat command to open it…

Start this, press that, type this…aaaack!

THIS is exactly what the Performance Director is for. It can help you bring all these pieces together so that everything can be started at the right time with minimal stress for you. With the Performance Director you can generally do more with fewer HUDs.

The Performance Director is a HUD you wear, but unlike other tools, it is not primarily for creating – it is the “conductor of the orchestra”.  Using a notecard of information, it can control dance sequences, communicate with other tools and objects using shout commands, and it can coordinate with other Spot On tools such as the Choreo Design System and Emoter.

How individual creation tools and effects come together with the Performance Director

So – how does it “talk to” the other tools? There are three primary ways:

– using the SAME NAMES FOR YOUR NOTECARDS. In your movers, in your PD, and in your Emote Assistant, by naming the instruction notecards with the same exact name it allows the Performance Director to start your movers and your Emote Assistant for you, just by pressing play once.
– adding CHAT COMMANDS TO YOUR ROUTINE NOTECARD. Within the routine notecard, you can set up timed chat commands, to rez your Stage Manager set for example or to open the curtain. There are also “hot key” buttons that you can press.
– add your TIMED SEQUENCE TO YOUR ROUTINE NOTECARD. Smooth Dancer is a wonderful tool for choreography and for recording a timed sequence. The Performance Director can take it one step further! Add your animations to the Performance Director HUD, and paste your timed sequence in your routine card. Not only will the Performance Director play your sequence for you, it will allow you to divide your dancers into groups so they can do different animations at the same time!

What’s in the Box

  • Spot On Performance Director HUD 2.3
  • Spot On Director Updater (Rez Me) 2.3
  • Spot On Stage Marker 1.0

Best Practices


  1. Demonstration of a Performance Director performance
  2. Best Practices
    1. Focus on Foundation
    2. Name your Performance Director
  3. Step by Step – Routine notecard groups
  4. Step by Step – Sequences in the notecard
  5. Step by Step – Animations in the Performance Director
  6. Step by Step – How the Performance Director coordinates with Spot On movers
  7. Activity – create a Performance Director Routine notecard with 1 group
  8. Demonstration of this Routine
  9. Activity – creating a second group in your Performance Director Routine notecard
  10. Demonstration of this Routine