Monday, December 4, 2017

Our Founder - Nottoo Wise

Nottoo Wise

This is Nottoo Wise, Founder of Dance Queens, if you didn't know. Recently I asked a Dance Queens member who knows Nottoo if she could write up a bio for the info center. I got way more than I asked for in return but I was glad, and feeling like her writings should be shared so we could pay a small tribute. The member who wrote this was Winnie, thank you Winnie for sharing!


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When I first started to dance in SL, I was lucky enough to meet one very special person in the world of dance; Nottoo Wise.  First impression....best.name.ever!  She was also tall, very tall....and stately.  Dancing.....there was never a time that I saw Nottoo that she wasn't dancing.  She owned a club...dancing...she did shows....dancing...she did classes...dancing...she showed up to watch other shows at other venues...still dancing in her head.

Nottoo was the original creator of Dance Queens, and it was a labor of love the size and scope of which I could not imagine taking on.  She did all of the original spreadsheets with stores, animations, landmarks...she even timed animations before they were done by creators.

She had this great sim where her club was and where she did classes.  She had boxes of helpful things she handed out....dances that were transfer, grids for setting up dance routines, pose balls to do group dances...you have to remember...she did all of this before mo-cap animation and before movers *Gasps*  Yes friends, we were all subject to falling off a stage at any time back in ye olde days of dance.

Nottoo also did these amazing tutorials where she showed folks how to make an alpha layer so we could be invisible and how to edit linked parts so pasties covered up your bits.  Yep....no mesh back then either...we all had square elbows and knees and shoulders.  We were....rough around the edges.  Heck when I started we all used the HUDDLEZ...like...the only damn HUD that there was!

Nottoo taught me how to dance, but she also taught me to love to dance in SL.  It's not easy...it's not even that easy now.  Back then, it was really solely about the dance and costume.  She didn't teach us how to build big, stunning sets and we couldn't move, so stages were small and you had to do one hell of a dance or striptease with emotes (the cut and paste kind) to keep everyone's attention.

Dance has changed so much with better animations, bodies, movers, sets, choreography, etc.  I still sit and watch each act when I can and ooooh and aaaaah over what the human imagination can come up with.  Nottoo was the person who planted that kernel in my brain that grew into the weed that is my love of dance in SL today, and she did that for so many wonderful dancers. 

Cheers Nottoo for creating DQ for us and giving us the launch pad for where we are today!

5 comments:

  1. What a wonderful memory, thank you for sharing it.

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  2. Web IMed me yesterday and suggested that I read this article. Winnie brought tears to my eyes with the fond memories of the fun of DQ and the people I met and loved. Thank you Winnie for your kindest words. DQ remains a wonderful resource for dancers and a fun place to share experiences in dancing. It is only because of the efforts of people like Zhaza, BabyPea, Web and many others that it continues to do so. Although I am no longer active, it makes me feel so good that DQ still plays such an important role in SL dancing ...xxx, Nottoo

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  3. When I found Nottoo, I was lost. Completely lost! I was in a business that was not geared towards quality dancing, more so towards 'swinging meat' and collecting $L, but I wanted to change all of that, at least when I was on stage, I wanted to be better than the average schmuck! Little did I know, I was venturing into territory that would change my SL completely. I found the DQ group, and begged for help. Nottoo took me under her wing and showed me how to smoothen out dances, and the rest is history! I was already an animation addict! My higher quality dancing was noticed every time I graced the stage. No dance poles for me! Soon, I had my own club and dance troupe, and now, I am semi-retired, doing only booked shows (best decision of my SL!) and still learning how I can improve! Without Nottoo.. I would still be on a pole, if I hadn't gotten bored with it. Without Nottoo.. there would be no Chippendales in SL. Her continued teachings enabled me to not only perfect dance animations, but also other types of performances, where animations and timing are key. She did way more than teach choreography, she encouraged people to get out there and explore what can be made possible in SL. She pushed me to strive, to continue improving and trying new things.. things I never thought I could accomplish! Funny.. people say she is no longer around.. but I know she is. Her soul is in ever dance, every show, every performance on SL.

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  4. I am sure it safe to say that there's been no other that has effected the growth of dance in SL.There are many that have impacted dance in SL, but non more then Nottoo. Annual festivals,and other events she hosted, clinics /workshops, she was always there for everyone when they needed help. She was the go to person in dance and she is very missed. Love you Queen Nottoo..and your shoes.

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  5. Nottz!! One of my personal heroes!! One of the legends of SL dance, a true pioneer and ever-gracious to all who have a dancer's heart. ♥

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