Dancers, Please Use Ankle Locks!

by Jo Balogh

 

For years I wore an item called Boot fixer. It was the best L$50 I ever spent in Second Life, even to this day. It straightens those ugly broken ankles, which are a feature of many poses and dances.

You had to climb this very long staircase, which went on forever, to get to the store to buy it. Then it appeared on Marketplace, so you could avoid falling off the staircase halfway up and having to start the climb all over again. It’s still there and it works with LL feet and also with mesh add-on feet and shoes.

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Boot-Fixer/396669?page=3

About a year ago other ankle locks began to appear and ladies, there is absolutely no reason to have broken distorted ankles. It seems that not everyone knows about this, since I still see dancers with broken ankles. So let me tell you about a few other options for overcoming this. They range from free to very low cost

First of all, how do they work? They contain high priority animations, which overcome the animation you are currently playing or your AO, to lock the ankles and keep them straight, avoiding any ugly distortion while allowing the animation to work.

StrawberrySingh-BrokenAnkleFix

Strawberry Singh has a free one in her marketplace store. This is her image and she generously gave me permission to use it here.

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/StrawberrySinghcom-Broken-Ankle-Fix-Ankle-Lock/7060108

Slink has some free ones in their store near where you purchase the mesh feet.

Spot on has an ankle lock as a group gift in their store and the group is free to join.

Fri.day includes them with any purchase of their shoes.

All of the above attach to various parts of the avatar and work quite well. To turn them on and off you simple attach and detach them.

But my favourite ankle lock of all has a hud which allows you to turn it on or off on the screen. I paid $95 for the  and it never fails me. It contains a priority 6 animation so you can see it will work in every situation.

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/aLu-Ankle-Lock-Ankle-Lock-HUD/6298914

There are other multi huds which control ankles as well as other parts of the body but I’ve kept it simple here and talked only about ankle locks.

Dancers, do everyone a favour and wear an ankle lock when you are performing. Your audience will thank you for it.

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An award-winning competitive Gorean dancer, Babypea entered mainstream SL performance dance in July 2012. She co-owns Elysium Cabaret, and often dances for other troupes as well, as a regular or a guest performer. The friendship and fellowship dance provides is as important to her as the creative expression of this amazing artistic medium.

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