Diddy Hyun, Mistress of Musicals

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by Sarahelisebeth Brenham

Do you ever wonder how well known people got started in their field? I know I sure do. For this reason, I’m so pleased to have been given the opportunity to ask this and other burning questions to a famous figure in the dance community. Read on to learn about the incredible journey this amazing woman has been on to get where she is today and the lesson she teaches us: We are the creators of our realities and futures.

Diddy Hyun entered the dancing arena in 2007. When asked what made her decide to try this activity, this is what she had to say: “Nottoo Wise inspired me, I met her on my second day here in SL.  She had already been here for about a month I think. She had a huddles HUD and used to put me and other people on her HUD and dance us.  I was amazed.” From there, Ms. Hyun was inspired to start her own choreography. After Ms. Wise taught her the tricks of the trade, together they started Sexy Slinkers, which was one of the first dance troupes to exist in Second Life.

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Just like a caterpillar blooming into a butterfly, Ms. Hyun left Sexy Slinkers behind and began her own group called Kittens. In its infancy, this was an all-women’s troupe. But in an effort to expand its audience, men were added to the group, and it became what it is known today as Kittens & Tigers.

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As much as Ms. Hyun enjoyed putting on standard dance shows, she felt the need for a challenge. Loving musicals, she decided that it’d be fun to put one on. Now, at this point, you might be wondering how musicals are done in an environment like Second Life. There really are only three ways to go about this: Select well known recorded songs and perform to them, have someone or a group sing or play some tunes, tape them and have the artists perform to them or ask an individual or a few to perform some melodies live and have the dancers and/or actors do their acts to them. Knowing that the music is a key element for a musical, Ms. Hyun feels that using the original soundtrack is the best solution for a production like this. The first musical that she put together was Titanic. Due to its wild success, Ms. Hyun went on to put on several more musicals, including: Jersey Boys, Cinderella and The Full Monty.

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At this point in the article, you’re probably expecting me to tell you what some of Ms. Hyun’s future plans are. Well I didn’t ask her. Why? Because I can already tell, based upon a few endeavors that she has done in her past, that she’ll continue to do wonderful and exciting things. Plus, why should you limit yourself to just those plans?

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It’s my hope that Ms. Hyun’s success inspires you to reach for the stars, in not only your professional ventures, but in all areas of your life.

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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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