When I look for dance animations I type “dances” into the Second Life search under the places and classifieds tabs. If a location specializes in dance animations I go there.
Here’s some things I’ve learned over the years about dance shopping.
Wear an outfit that is typical of what you’d wear when you dance. If you regularly go to a certain club and dress up, wear those clothes instead of your jeans. Dances seem different depending on clothes, and some work better with certain outfits.
Turn off the store music. Unless it sounds like the music you usually dance to, turn it off. Play your own tunes while testing the dances instead.
Get one or two chilled out dances. You will need these for slow tunes or if you find yourself in a small space.
Try to get dances your friends do not already use. Certain animations can get associated with individuals. I have passed over cool dances because they were closely linked to another person. I just looked weird doing them!
There are exceptions, such as a dance everyone does if a certain song or style comes on, but you usually don’t need to buy these because people pass them around.
Less can be more. Unless you’re performing for a crowd, really big dance-across-the-floor routines are so 2007. In some settings they look silly or can come off annoying.
As for where to get dances, I’ll hold off naming stores for now. If anyone would like to suggest some places feel free though!
Photo Credit: Simon Seurat.