Waltz Circle

  It is a combination of a ballroom and a line dance, in that up to 8 couples or 16 avatars at one time can dance - and the structure ensure space between each dancer - and also a number of more options.  One option is to have these 8 couples dancing in small waltz circles, while they move around a larger circle a distance from each other, as might be done in a very formal ballroom atmosphere.

Specifications:   Up to 8 couples (16 people), with only the owner being able to set options.  Sync command every 24 seconds (normal speed) or sometimes 6 seconds to keep dancers in harmony.   Optional rotate of dances around a larger circle.  Optional sync that they sync themselves as a couple, or all are synchronized by the master controller (owner only choice).  Also choices of three speeds = normal, slower, or faster.    Each dancer has 21 animations in all that vary at least slightly (7 for each speed).   Time for overall repeat in normal mode is 3 minutes – which is long since many second life dances repeat every 30 seconds.

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Waltz – the waltz is said by some to be the oldest and most well known of the ballroom dances, dating from the middle of the 18th century.  The waltz timing is what musicians call three fourths timing, counted in threes – 1-2-3, 1-2-3.   Those learning waltz for the first time often begin with the box step – where 6 counts – 1-2-3, 1-2-3 move your feet around a box.  Then one moves that around in a circle.  The classical waltz small circle is 12 steps – three steps (1-2-3) on each side of a larger box area, such as North, South, East or West, with step 1 of each 3 moving you in a different direction.  This gives the classical waltz small circle.  But then for elegance, sometimes waltz couples not only move around small circles, but then equally space and move around a much larger circle, giving a most elegant (my opinion) ballroom appearance.  This dance animation follows that.

 OPTIONS (can be done by owner only)

By owner, clicking the dance ball (center – or if no dance ball, center area –(highlight transparent to see))

 ROTATE:  Rotate dancers in a larger circle while they dance in a smaller circle at the same time?  You have a choice of “Stop” or “Go” referring to rotation.  And yes there is dance movement remaining if you choose “stop”.  The dances just dance in their place.

DANCE SPEED:  We prefer “Normal” speed, but also provide options for “Slower” or “Faster” for those with different preferences.

 TALK ON, TALK OFF:  Usually should be set to Talk Off. But if on can tell you which dance animation is playing.

 SYNC TYPE:  “Couples” sync such that each couple can be different, or “Sync All” to make all dance couples the same timing.  If you choose couples, it will give you the option of again getting couples to different starts (can take 3 minutes in normal mode).

 SYNC NOW SETTINGS:  If you wish a manual sync as well, this has sync All, and Reset.  Reset will force a reload of dance memory for all dance balls.

 BALL HEIGHT:  Allows you to pick the height of your decorative dance ball in the center, or just make it invisible.


While sync signals occur quickly, usually 24 seconds or less, there can be waits.  When new couples join the dance they either bow or curtsey while waiting the next sync signal.  If the two join at just the wrong time, it may take a second signal for them to dance in sync which could be 30 seconds at normal speed.  But once dancing, sync signals occur quite fast (24 seconds or 6 seconds) compared to some other second life couples dances which can be 3 or 4 minutes – depending on who did the software.  So it should try to keep things together even if lag.  However, note that as owner if you change some settings that some things do not change immediately.  You guessed it.  They are waiting for the next sync signal when they begin to take effect – such as speed change will wait for the next sync signal.


This dance animation  was suggested by a customer – who asked for a ballroom waltz to use a similar mechanism as our Texas Two-Step – to keep dancers organized for a upcoming wedding.  Thank you!.   Waltzes at three quarters time (1-2-3) are somewhat unique in this world of rock and roll and popular music that is mostly four fourths time (1-2-3-4, or as Bono says uno, dos, tres, catorce – 1-2-3-14?  Ya gotta love Bono).  Some people speak of cut time or two fourths time, but it honestly is just a faster variation of four fourths time for fast songs.  So Waltz would seem to be unique with its 1-2-3 timing, but really not.  At least one other variety does that as well, and that is some country and western music.  Steps for country and western are sometimes “Slow, slow, quick, quick”.  While there are four items there, the quick quick stuff takes as long as a slow, and hence, you guessed right, you end up using four steps to get to a real count of 1-2-3 which is similar to a waltz.  And of course, then there is Jazz, that follows whatever pattern it wishes, especially after Duve Brubeck’s time out album which I think had one song at nine-eighths pattern.  Well, Jazz does what Jazz players want, which is what makes them Jazz or Jazzy.  J



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