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Getting Hired & Getting to Work

Gotten break dance, can-can, and groove, but still looking for a little more? Have a go at the dancer job track at the Nightclub! The Dancer job track is a fun way to spend time with friends and earn a few extra Simoleons and body skill points on the side.

Before you can begin shaking your groove thang, you have to acquire the job using one of these two methods. The first is by using the "Look for Job" option on the newspaper that is delivered by the paper girl each day, or by using the nearest computer to "Look for Job". There are 4 jobs all together, and not every one is displayed in the paper or computer each Sim day. Try using both methods several times to get the dancer job. If you are still unable to find the job using both methods, you may have to wait until the next Sim day. You'll be the talk of the town before you know it!


Dancer Job offer

Your typical work day will last from 8:00pm to just after 4:00am with seven "rounds" during your shift. Each round lasts for 5 minutes, with a one minute break inbetween. A car will be sent to your lot just after 7:00pm and will automatically queue the go to work interaction. If you missed the car, you can use any phone to call a taxi to pick you up and take you to work. It's best to arrive at work with five green bars so start greening up around 5:00pm.


Dance Platform

As with all jobs make sure when you arrive you make it in the door before the shift starts, otherwise the bouncers (M.O.M.I.) will lock the doors and you'll be stuck outside in the cold until the next round (5 minutes). Bsides not being any fun you won't make any money or gain any skill points if you are stuck outside.

Shift Walkthrough

When you land, you will notice that there are indeed two doors to the Nightclub, one for the VIP people, including you and the other DJ's and dancers, as well as one for the NPC (Non-Player Character) guests. Sadly, you cannot get into where all of the couches, dance floors, bards and other goodies are, or else you will get a message informing you that the wrong door is being used. However, you get to play will all the fun job equipment, so just head on over to the other door, and get ready to boogie!


Oops! Wrong Door!

Inside, you will find four different dance stations of four different colors. Choose whichever dance platform you prefer, from red, yellow, green, and blue, and click on 'Dance' in the pie menu to begin your job. Your Sim will step up onto the platform and stand idle, until the round starts and you have access to your interface, or you click something once it is activated.

If you have ever used the dance floor object at an entertainment lot, the controls on the dance platform will be extremely familiar, since the only difference is the lack of a 'Dance to the Music' option. The object of the dancer job is to find the combonation of dance moves that draws the most NPC dancers to your side of the dance floor. However, not just anything will do. Experiment with different moves, and if one attracts the guest dancers, use it in conjuntion with other moves. The dancers get bored very easily, so mix up your moves often, and throw in a surprise or two to keep your dancing fresh. The more NPC dancers you attract, the higher your payout in the end.

During the round keep an eye on the dance floor. There are a couple patterns to watch for that will indicate your progress.
  • After a correct dance a square outline with your station color will appear at the edges and shrink into the center.
  • If you get all three dances correct a tunnel of three shrinking squares will be created in the sequence.

Dancer Interface

Make sure you get to your dance platform quickly, before the one minute break is over, to be precise, or else an NPC dancer will take over the platform for you. In addition, if you have no DJ, an NPC DJ will appear for you. These NPC's are mediocre at what they do, so to maximize on your payout, team up with a good, real Sim.

When the shift is over a dialog box will pop up telling you how much money you have earned in the round. The payout varies depending on how well you did at attracting NPC's during the round, so always remember to watch the dancers and what moves tickle their fancies. Another box may pop up at this time telling you that you were promoted to the next level. At the end of a work day you will get an additional pop up telling you what you need to improve on to be promoted. This could either be friends, skill, or your overall mood (green). During the intermission or 'coffee break' you can do things to help keep your Sim green, back cracks, hustle dances, flying hugs, etc...

If you receive a message that you have been demoted, it is likely your Sim no longer meets the requirements to work at the current level. This could be a lack of required skill points, or friendships. It is best to use your available skill locks to lock the required skill for the job at 10.00, or the highest level it is at so you will not be caught off guard by skill decay. For friendships, make sure to keep in touch with all your friends frequently, just a little bit of daily interaction will top off your lifetime relationship score.

Once demoted, you will loose the number of shifts you have worked towards your next promotion and be placed back in the level below your previous one. There is no need to worry too much though, because to get promoted back to where you were all you have to do is meet the requirements and work one round at your current level.

Tips

Here are a few tips we have created using our experience when working in the Nightclub as a Dancer:
  • If you have no idea what moves the dancers are jazzed up by, just queue up any moves to keep yourself moving. Chances are, even if the payout you get isn't great, you will at least get some money and points toward a promotion.
  • Pay attention to the dancers themselves! While most of the time, they only do generic dance movies, they occasionally do moves which they like or wish to see. So if you see the guests all dancing Freestyle or doing the Moonwalk, give the guests what they want and queue up a few. The odds of them walking over to dance near you are quite good.
  • Steal shamelessly! Though that may seem rather underhanded, it is a very good way to get dancers to come to you. Simply watch what other dancers are doing to attract the guests, and queue those moves up yourself. Another way to do this is to be a move or two behind another dancer, and queue up the exact same sequence they are. This often works in evening out the power balance, since both of you will be doing the same thing, increasing the odds of you getting dancers.
  • Just do the moves that seem to be going for you. Even if you don't have a big crowd, or if it comes and goes sporadically, you are still gaining points for the time you have them grooving to your moves.
  • The patterns on the floor aren't just for decoration, so pay close attention to them! If a square outline is shrinking towards the center, it means they should keep doing the move that they are working with. If it is of a certain color, it is telling who is leading and doing a good job, since the floor colors correspond to those of the different dance stations. Watch the floor patterns closely, and you will be leading in no time.
  • Team up with a good DJ, and you will be raking in the dough without breaking a sweat. Real Sims are far more efficient than NPC's, so find a good partner or friend, and do your best to get the guests over to your side of the dance floor. You will earn far more money than with an NPC.

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