Dancing in Second Life

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Second Life provides great value of dance education. There are thousands “gestures” (meaning, pre-made animations by players) that features all styles of dancing. From pop dance to tango to Pole Dancing.

It's valuable technology because when you see dance movements by computer generated characters, you tend to get a better understanding of the body movements, in the same way black and white photography gets you to notice the composition of the scene. You can view the scene in any angle in real time, and it can repeat forever.


The following are old screenshots, made in 2007. The graphics and avatar shape have improved much since.

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Dancing at a Blues Bar. The music is hot, and the girls are wild.

This bar is called House of Tunes, located at Whitlock 204,169,110. It features streaming live music.

Dancing in Second Life is a major activity, perhaps after shopping and sex. The majority of participants are women, as in real life.

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Here's some excerpts from wikipedia on dancing:

Dance generally refers to human movement used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting.

Dance is also used to describe methods of non-verbal communication (see body language) between humans or animals (bee dance, patterns of behaviour such as a mating dance), motion in inanimate objects (the leaves danced in the wind), and certain musical forms or genres.

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Second Life military dancing fun

Here's some fun i had with friends. We were in a Second Life military team playing combat. [see Second Life Combat Videos]

Dancing to the tune of Robot Rock by Daft Punk. 2010-07-25
Second Life ninja dance. The actors are Chthonic Syndicate military members. Wyane Tigerfish, Shadony Xevion, Xah Gloom. Recorded on 2010-07-25.
dancing to the tune of Bel-Air in Second Life. Recorded on 2010-07-25. The actors are members of Chthonic Syndicate, at the home base Thorium. (soon to be Hydros)

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