Why Lyft when you can teleport to the dancefloor?
VR is many things to many people. One of those things is a fully digital nightclub and festival machine. It’s a pretty natural response for an adult human to associate dance clubs with traditionally attractive rich people and the consumption of gross amounts of alcohol (among other substances). Not in VR, I say! Unlike at real-life clubs, you can actually dance at these premier VR nightlife spots. And if you’re especially lucky, nobody will spill their Heineken on your Oxfords this time!
WaveVR is like a party that doesn’t ever stop. Dancers can log in and create basic avatars, join each others’ rooms, and attend short (think 10 to 15 minute) festival sets from a regular schedule of artists. Each set takes place in a different handcrafted environment, and some environments have unique gimmicks like zero-g and flying. There are also collectible party favors that help you achieve different effects, including digital ‘trips’ that you can share with other dancers.
Rec Room is one of VR’s most accessible social apps, with ports on the PSVR and Oculus Quest as well as flatscreen modes accessible to PC and PS4 (and soon iOS) users. It hosts millions of user-generated rooms, and some of those rooms are even designated dance clubs where DJs will play in front of live audiences. Stay up to date with the Rec Room Discord channel for announcements on club nights and dance nights.
Last November, we reported on how VRChat offers an outlet to players who want to track themselves dancing in VR with full-body tracking. Likewise, the social VR hub simulator continues to provide one of the most impressive content suites across the entire medium, spanning everything from dance clubs to yoga studios. All in VR.
According to an email exchange I had with VRChat community DJ Lumi, whose live sets you can find on his Twitch profile, there are a few weekly parties that are worth catching in VRChat. First off, you can find events on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Dirty Dancers community world. There’s a ‘Club Crawl’ on Fridays, also held by the Dirty Dancers community, where a group of dancers and a live DJ journey from world to world with their music. Meanwhile, the DanceDanceVR club has parties on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Dance Central VR
Exclusive to Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift, Dance Central VR is a no-brainer for Oculus owners who want to learn some physically active dance moves and want a more structured dancing experience. It’s worth noting that Dance Central VR won’t teach you how to dance like a true professional would at a real studio, but it will certainly make you more used to choreography. And you might pick up some extra moves to show off in social VR apps while you’re in.
What’s your favorite VR game or app to go dancing in? Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments.