Dance Makers and Dance Equipment Makers

This is the list of SL Dance Makers, Animation Makers and Dance Equipment makers. There are five sections:

1. Dance Management and Creation
1.A. SL Dance HUDs
1.B. SL Dance Systems for Clubs and Homes
1.C. SL Dance Systems for Shows
1.D. Making Animations & Poses

2. MOCAP (Motion Capture) Dance/Animation Makers

3. NON-MOCAP (Motion Capture) Dance/Animation Makers

4. Illegal Dance Sellers

5. Free Dances
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1. Dance Management and Creation

1.A. SL Dance HUDs

There is a Comparative Analysis of Dance HUDs.

Barre Dance HUD - This is a new Dance HUD made by Dance Queens member Racheal Young
Website

Fleursoft - Fleur Cooperstone is a Dance Queens member and has developed a dance HUD especially designed for advanced dancers.
SL Marketplace

Huddles - The Huddles EZ Animator Deluxe lets you do sequenced choreography and it is great for managing dances. There are now other HUDS - see the comparative analysis listed above.
Website

TIS Fusion Pro - This HUD offers both management of individual and couples dancing.

Spot-On Performance Director - (this is a new product and not included in the analysis of Dance HUDs):  This is a group dance and performance management HUD made by DQ members Martin Yeats, Galilla Sinatra and Rug Halberd.  Controls multiple groups independently from each other. Change animations and smooth movement in each group when you want. Control emotes and stage props.  This system is designed to work exclusively with the the Spot On Choreography and Group Formation Systems.



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1.B. Dance Balls - Here is a comparison of Dance Ball Systems

INTAN - Intan makes the group dance rezzer.
Website

TIS Hybrid - Some Dance Queens members like the TIS Dance System which combines a couples dance rezer and an individual dance ball into a one prim ball.
Website

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1.C. Dance Systems for Shows

DB Dance System - Zhaza Zerbino introduced moving pose balls in 2009 and now offers them in her shop. This is a system (DB Dance Systems) for controlling both the dances and the positions.
YouTube Demo 1, YouTube Demo 2, YouTube Group Dance Demo

DanceMasters - Bryndyn Burton makes the DanceMaster system suitable for controlling dancers during shows including the animations and positions.

Hironics MPC - There is a write up on this system and free demo devices in the Free Stuff Box. This device has some ability to control position and dances, but does not do sequences.

Spot-On Choreography System - This is a system for managing dancer position and movement and offers the additional advantage of interacting with the Barre HUD to coordinated dancing with movement. This simple-to-use but powerful device low-lag movement design system to use with your favorite animation HUD or the Spot On Performance Director HUD.  For single or multiple avatars, routes can be made in a matter of minutes, complete with customized timing between positions, pauses, and smooth transitions in turns.  Groups such as dance troupes can go in different directions, even up or down ramps and stairs, smoothly and all with a touch of a button or a simple chat command.  
Quick Start video     New features in 1.3 video       Website

Spot-On Group Formation System - A group dance system with an intuitive HUD where you control the movement, rotation, speed, direction, and can even mirror groups.  Designed as a "drop-n-go" device.  This system works well with the Spot On Performance Director HUD.



 XPOSE - The XPOSE system is used by many dance groups in dance shows to control position and can also be used to control dances.

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1.D. Making Animations & Poses

Animare - This is the site to purchase the Animare pose maker, which is a useful device for making animated poses, static poses and simple animations.
Website

Anypose - This location offers a HUD based system for making static poses and poses that can be downloaded for making animation (.bvh) files.

Avimote - This is the place for making animated poses for those with big wallets.
Website

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2. MOCAP (Motion Capture) Dance Makers


MOCAP dances look real. The technology was introduced to SL in late 2007 by Sine Wave and has revolutionized SL dancing. MOCAP dances are what you need. An analysis of Dance Makers is here.

3FX - This store has some very nice individual and couples dances. They also have good dance poles although expensive.
Website; YouTube

A&M - A&M makes all MOCAP dances that are high quality. They sometimes give out monthly gifts that they don't sell for a couple of months later, so you have to join the group to get them. Individual dances, couples and dance pole dances.
Website

Abranimations - The dance area was redesigned recently. The transition dance SULTRY DOWN BODY is in the Sexy Dance HUD. Individual, pole and couples dances. The animation quality at Abranimations tends to be only average.
Website

Akaesha - Akaesha recently redesigned their store. It's now a labyrinth that a genius rat would get lost in. This dance store used to have some unique dances but not all use motion capture (MOCAP) technology, so be careful. Individual dances only.
Website

Akeyo - Akeyo dances are well made. Often they are in a series of four that can be made into a sequence. Individual dances only. Akeyo offers animated poses also.
Website

Animazoo - Animazoo has a lot of dances on two levels. Couples dances are located in the back. The older dances, which are not MOCAP, are sold in the basement (outside and down the steps). Animazoo offers AOs too.
Website

Animocca - Animocca 3D has a small selection of motion capture dances that are reminescent of AKEYO -- only much cheaper. They have a casual look to them -- the kind of dances that you might see anyone doing in real life. They are worth a look.

AV Puli - This creator now has a number of MOCAP dances. The recently made ones look pretty good. Individual dances only. The store has recently moved to Animation Island with only a limited number of dances for sale.

Bits & Bobs - This is the home of some of the most popular couples dances in SL. The more recent ones are MOCAP-like, but are really hand-made.
Website

DaBeats - This is a new MOCAP dance maker. Some of the dances are cute, but the looping is problematic. You might find something here, but I would wait until the owner figures out looping.

Extreme - Extreme makes MOCAP dances and animated poses. The quality is okay though the loop times are relatively short. It is worth a visit. They have a good selection of animated poses ... fun. Individual dances only.
Website

Henmations - Henmations has a lot of dances. The dances are well made. There are male and female dances as well as couples dances. Definitely worth a trip.
Website

HUMANOID - This is a new MOCAP dance maker that offers good quality but a little pricey dance series made by different dancers. There are good videos of each dancer to give you a feel for the person who made the dances. Worth a visit.
Website

Lost Dog - This store appears to be closed.

Ministry of Motion - MoM has quite a few dances and they are well made. They are worth a look. Individual dances with a few couples dances.
Website, Blogposts, Adult

MyAnimation - MyAnimation has a large selection of MOCAP dances in an easy to find layout. Definitely worth a visit and don't miss the balcony.
Website How Dances Are Made

NHC - This is MOCAP dance creator offers 50 dances. The quality is average to below average for MOCAP, but the dances are only 50 L each.
 

Raymation - Raymations sells MOCAP dances but is a relatively small store..

Sine Wave - Once, the most prolific producer of SL dances was Sine Wave.  There haven't been new dances in quite a while, but the selection is still huge. The quality is good too.  Individual and couples dances are there as well as dance poles. Ask the robot at the landing point "Where is __?" to get a TP.
Website

Sinse - Sinse used to sell non-MOCAP dances but in 2012 moved up to MOCAP. Mostly Sinse sells AOs but the stands are good for dancing. Sinse is also a seller of Modifying Dances.

SEMotion - They make female and male dances. The quality is generally good so take a look. Individual dances only.
Website

Studio4D - Studio4D has a lot of dances. This is one of the best organized layout of dances ... easy to find and coded in an understandable way. Definitely high on the list. The sim motif is a little distracting. Also, they have sequence ending dances. Individual dances only.
Website

There in Spirit - There are quite a few dances here and they are good quality and a style of its own. There are some couples dances too. Worth a look.
Website

VISTA - Vista is best known for its animated poses, but they also make individual dances. It is worth a visit.
Website


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3. NON-MOCAP (Motion Capture) Dance/Animation Makers


You might find some useful dances and animations here, but choose wisely. These makers represent the technology in January of 2007. The list is in spreadsheet format. The green colored entries represent new locations or old locations in which significant change has occurred since the last revision. The red colored entries indicate locations which currently or in the past sold dances or animations pirated from legitimate makers. We recommend not shopping at these locations.

The list includes closed locations and the name associated with each location, so that you can contact the original maker if you need to. Also, the type of animations and dance equipment sold is indicated.

Last revision 120413.

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4. Illegal Dance Sellers

Here is the update on Illegal Dance Sellers.

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5. Free Dances

Here is a listing of free and low cost dance and animation sources:

Free and Low Cost Dances

DANCE QUEENS Freebie Dance Pack - This is located in the DANCE QUEENS Free Stuff Box at Dance Central.

DANCE QUEENS Freebie Animated Pose Pack - This is located in the DANCE QUEENS Free Stuff Box at Dance Central.

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DANCE QUEENS is a group for dancing in SL ... membership is open to all.