A pioneering dance community has recently emerged in the popular metaverse VRChat, with many virtual dances clubs and studios. Little is known about these dancers’ experiences, motivations, and practices. Yet shedding light into these could inform both VR technology developers to design systems that better support embodied and complex social interactions. Roosa Piitulainen, Elisa Mekler and Perttu Hämäläinen interacted and interviewed these dancers and analysed their experience along 6 facets: freedom, community, dance as an individual experience, dance as a shared experience, dance as a performance, and self-expression and -exploration.
The results of this study will be presented on May 3rd at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. and will be published in the conference proceedings. Details are here.
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