Writing The Dance
"There is no standardization, or little standardization, for better or for worse, in Gorean slave dance. Not only can the dances differ from city to city, from town to town, and even from tavern to tavern, but they are likely to differ, too, from girl to girl. This is because each girl, in her own way, brings the nature of her own body, her own dispositions, her own sensuality and needs, her own personality, to the dance. For the woman, slave dance is a uniquely personal and creative art form. Too, of course, it provides her with a wondrous modality for deeply intimate self expression."
Guardsman of Gor, page 260
The quote above is so very true. What you find here in this class are suggestions, not anything written in stone. They are guidelines, a tool for you to use and adapt to your own style of writing. All online dances, book dances or otherwise, share a common characteristic which will easily identify the type dance the slave is performing whether she tells which dance it is or not. The following suggestions are meant to apply to all online dances. What you will find is that most of this advice would apply to most creative writing projects. Writing a short story and an online dance are very similar activities. They have their differences as well but many of the basics are the same and those basics will be discussed below.
HOW MANY POSTS?
The answer to this question varies from web site to web site! So how do you know what is acceptable? In the books of Gor, there is no rule, no guideline that says you have to have a certain number f posts in a dance or that you are limited to a certain number. A good rule of thumb to remember is that you don't want bore your audience with long drawn out dances because that tend to lose your audience. Keep this in mind when writing. In this class, (and for AW purposes) the suggestion is to keep dances from 15 to 25 posts.
Another key factor is the chat forum in which you are dancing. Each forum differs so greatly in the amount that you can include in one post, the number of lines and characters typed. To say that you have "X" number of posts you can do in a dance would have to be changed from venue to venue. What is allowed in GCN or Yahoo is not the same allowed, for example, in AW or Second Life.
Dance for your audience including enough to show your true effort in wanting to be pleasing but don't dance to the point of boredom where nobody is paying attention.
TIMING BETWEEN POSTS
Timing is important in dancing. About 45-60 seconds is enough time between posts. Coincidentally this should be just enough time for you to post, read what you've posted slowly, cut and paste the next post and enter it. Think about it, a 20 post dance with posts at 60 second intervals is going to last about 20 minutes. What person is going to truly sit and read a dance for much longer than that?
Dance competitions have strict guidelines for you to adhere to when preparing dances to perform. Take a careful look at the rules regarding posts and timing. Failure to adhere to the rules usually results in points being deducted or disqualification.
There is nothing coy or teasing about a Gorean dancer if the dance is of the scrolls. The girl wishes to be taken, wishes to please, she wishes to excite them, and twist them with torments of desire, and make them gasp and scream with pleasure!
Dancer of Gor , page 192
It can be difficult to know where to begin to write. This might be one of the hardest things. Nothing says you cannot begin in the middle or at the climax or a certain point you have in mind for your dance. Sometimes that sparks other things.
However, in preparing to write a dance, it is important that we remember the essential parts of any dance.
The Beginning: Setting the stage, the mood
When you begin a dance, your first post needs to set the stage for your audience. Do not simply begin dancing. Your shoudl describe the setting of your dance. Are you in sand, atop some furs, on red tiles, a dirt floor, cold stone floor? Are you dancing by candlelight, torchlight, outdoors in the sun? Remember keep the dance suited to the environment you are in, do not dance in the sun inside, or instance, in an alcove.
You should also describe yourself to your audience. All during the dance from the beginning to the final post you should describe your physical attributes and emphasize your best features. Remember Goreans found every part of a woman to be beautiful. Do not just describe your breasts and ass. Mention your hair, your legs, your hands, and your ears. Describe any clothing or items that you are wearing. Are you naked? In silks? A kirtle? Do you have any shiny bangles, belly chain, bracelets and such? Are you wearing slave bells or holding zills?
Paint a vivid picture of what your audience will first see when you appear before them. The beginning is the place to set the stage adn will ensure the audience is not wonderifng where the silk came from or the bells they suddenly hear.
Do not forget the initial picture you gave your audience. Incorporate that into your dance. Will your silks or kirtle remain on you throughout the dance? Use the jewelry you are wearing to catch the light and sparkle at certain moments. If you have many bangles on,maybe the sound of their clinging will ring out. Slave bells will be making noise and you should describe those sounds using them to stress certain movements. Do not forget the little details.
The Crescendo: Events leading to the climax
This is the progression of events that lead up to the climax.
The Climax or Pinnacle:
The point of the dance where the most emotion and action takes place. Where feelings are exposed and vunerable.
The climax is usually just a few posts from the end or is sometimes the end of a a dance. It is the moment where a girl realizes she is slave or submits, or exposes the point of the dance. You should put alot of effort into this section of the dance as it is the heart or centerpiece of your performance.
A wonderful way to accent the climax of a dance is involving music, though online a dancer and her audience do not share a background of real music for the dance. A dancer's audience cannot hear the savage and sensuous rhythms of Gorean music. No flutes, no kalikas, no tabors. Instead you must describe to them the type of music that would be present. You must tell them the instruments that are playing, the tempo and the style of the melodies. The music may only be heard in your mind but you can react to the boom of the Tabor, or the shrill of the flute and incorporate that into your movements that can add to the build of to the climax.
A change in the music is a good way to inform the audience that the dance is entering a new phase. The music is an important aspect of your dance. It helped create your atmosphere and set the mood or tone for a portion of your dance.
The Cool Down: Leading to the end
This is a very brief area of posts, if needed it leads up to the end of the dance whether you are moving to a certain place..rationalizing things in your mind as you dance...settling down..whatever it takes to fluidly end your dance.
The End: Ending the Dance
At the conclusion of your dance, be sure to describe the position you are in, your body--is it damp from the exertion? The dance has exposed all you feel inside, it should have brought forth your desires or slave belly as it is commonly called. Be sure to convey the one thign that stands out to everyone and anyone performing watching or interacting with you and that is that you are kajira, you are proud but not prideful, you are beautiful in all things, exquisitely.
It is most common that at the end of a dance a post is made that simply states.
That gives a very clear indication to everyone that there are no more forthcoming posts.