Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Neato Mulligans: Dance Edition

Once upon a time in a vast world called The Asset Server there were ways to make avatars move. These limited, though still entertaining animations were used widely by SL residents. Noobs and Oldbies alike all danced in similar fashion without a care in the world. We even jump-kicked around like a Redneck Lord of the Dance. No one could escape the call of rating parties while dancing, chatting, and passing out random things to one another.

Times were simpler then. Prim hair was attached to system hair bases, folks had figured out how to build shoes with prims instead of using the previous method of putting a texture on a template - and the first prim skirt was not yet 'invented'. Yes, those were the days.

The days when 'dancing sexy' meant taking off your clothes while doing dance14 and no one cared what you wore. Everyone looked like shit - but we all thought we looked awesome. Our dances looked like shit but we all thought they were the coolest thing since 90210.

Although the rating system is gone, as well as the parties - those days are not forgotten. Even though the freebies being passed around are the same freebies which made their rounds back in 2005 - noobs are still appreciative. And even though these 'old' dances have lost their top seat in chimeras and dance machines in every club in SL - some of us remember.

Owenimations had created the then cutting-edge of club necessity when the Chimera was released. Finally you could dance in sync with other club goers! Long before the Dance Foo, and not long after dance bracelets-we celebrated our synchronized dancing with MORE dancing. Yes the times have changed.

The way folks flock to Sine Wave Island now days is how we had all once flocked to Owenimation vendors. There were so many dances to choose from! The floor in front of the clicky-wall to demo the dances was always packed with all the girls wearing Washu wigs, the men wearing the same Lost hair (all hair was pretty much either blonde or black - those were your only choices back then) and we thought we were badasses.

Dancing in only the past 3 years has gone from jerky movements where your arms randomly flail about and your joints break to smooth, realistic, almost artistic movements of fluidity. There is more to gain from those 'old' dances than mere nostalgia though, my friends. Oh yes! If you don't have at least 4 of these dances somewhere in your inventory then you're probably an alt - funded by your better known, richer self.

Once a means of entertainment, now some sort of 'chic' thing ... dancing is one thing that will evolve for the better in SL. Fashion may bomb into nothing but tank tops, blue jeans and neko ears - but dancing has and always will be an art of self expression that will never go out of style. I still say that Dance14 is the ONLY dance that can be recognized (by resident majority) in a snapzilla snapshot NO MATTER where the snap was taken during the animation loop.

I present: The Evolution of Second Life Dance



13 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow... nice dances there at the end!

delaney whippet said...

cute avatar. the dance at the end is amazing. i love the layback. what is the name of it so i can find it?

Orchid said...

Couldn't tell ya cuz I rename all my dances once I get them so that I can recognize them by name.

I know its from Sine Wave though. Double (something) is the name of it. Somehow in typing this I remembered at least part of its orginal name.

Summer Deadlight said...

Oooh! AMG i remember all those dances. I started SL two years ago September 14, 2005. I retired my first AV last year, but wow. That first dance, was the first dance I ever did in SL ahaha. My friend who referred me to SL, she pulled me in, and my first night, within an hour I had Lost hair (yep, system hair base with prim attachment), House of Crying Rose skin (omg i wore that forever) and a mickey mouse outfit.

She took me to my first club, which was a strip club she worked at and i danced that first dance. I've had every one of those dances and yep yep its evolved.

Watching that vid really makes me marvel at the advances, small or big, in the last 2 years of SL play. It was awesome! Thanks for making and posting the vid.

=^.^=

♥ JellyBean ♥ said...

Hahaha Orchid you spin me right round. Awesome job. I remmy when no matter what you were doing - you danced. Tringo, building. shopping.... To some point I still do that but people find it strange :/

Kitty Lalonde said...

Awww yay! I does remember when you searched events and got the whole day on one page, and dance bracelets were the dogs. That said I'm not going to give up my Sinewaved foo up for anyone!

Oh one smallish gripe. Back in the bad old days before the system skirt existed and no one wore skirts at all Candy Apple came forth with a prim skirt. Fair enough it was just a one prim cone job. But it was a prim skirt.

Other than that, I'm loving the flash backs and intend to shamelessly steal your idea and do summit similar hehe.

ps. I'm still waiting on that honeymoon

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October Hush said...

That was really cute. By the end it's sooo obvious how much better the dances have gotten, a credit to the amazing content creators we have in SL now.

Jennna Mills said...

Wow Orchid..... that is an awesome video and your article is amazing. Love the way you write. The belt you have on is cute and I collect belts. Do you remember where you bought it? TY :)

Nivaya Barbosa said...

That belt is Crayons and Joose (sp? I know they spell it in such a way that my boyfriend always complains about it to me whenever we go in there) from Sh*t Happens, I think...

And I find that video SO hypnotic! Especially odd given that I spend all day dancing anyway...

dandellion Kimban said...

/me aplauds for the machinima

Garrett Larkham said...

Whoa, Orchid. Good job. Wild Tangent girl has nothing on you (no adware, either).

The Manticore said...

heh, Jellybean, owning at Tiny Empires. all hail!