Interview with a Troupe Leader #6 – KiKi Marjeta

It’s been a while since I interviewed a troupe leader, so I thought I’d jump back in and interview one of the prettiest ones around.  Please welcome KiKi Marjeta!




SL Name:  KiiKiiDoll Resident
Display Name:  KiKi Marjeta
Rez Day: 03/06/2012
Name of troupe/group: KiKi’s House of Burlesque




What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
KM:  On another avatar – I started out in SL as a model, and did that for many years.  Through my connections I met someone who started the original Second Life Football League and was picked to be a Cheerleading Coach and eventually an All-Star Cheerleader. After that, I auditioned to be a Dazzler Dancer and was accepted.

How long have you been dancing?
KM:  Since around 2010.

How much time, on average, do you spend in SL each week?
KM:  Too much…lol.

What made you decide to start a dance group?
KM:  When I was a Dazzler I danced in my first burlesque show.  I loved it so much I decided I wanted to start my own burlesque troupe.

Do you have your own theatre/venue?  If yes, what is the most difficult thing about owning a venue?
KM:  Yes, advertising – seems there should be a better way to reach out to people in SL as well as finding things for your productions. Hey – there’s a business opportunity …anyone listening? ;P

What’s the hardest part of running a successful dance troupe?
KM: It’s difficult at times keeping it all together. Most people don’t know or understand what goes into a production. If a dancer or MC doesn’t show up, it’s a scramble to keep it going smoothly. It can be nerve wracking – just ask my dancers and my husband lol…

What kind of shows does your troupe do?  (ie – variety shows, shows with a theme or storyline, etc.) 
KM:  We have monthly themed shows.  I try to keep it along the burlesque lines, but we have been known to stray from that.  😛

How much time, on average, do you spend on a new production/show?
KM: It varies so much from show to show, it’s hard to say.

Do you do multiple performances of the same show?  If yes, explain the reasoning behind it.
KM:  Yes, we run the same theme three times a month and schedule our shows at different times so that people all over the world can find a time that works with their specific time zone. It also saves on production cost and time.

Does your troupe rehearse before a performance?  If yes, how often?
KM: Yes, at least once a month.

How long does it take you to create a set (from start to finish)?
KM: That’s hard to say; sometimes things come to you easy, sometimes hours or days can be spent looking for the right outfits, set designs or dances.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.
KM: MyANIMATIONS, Abranimations, and A&M Mocap.  But there are many other good ones.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for non-dance animations.
KM: I collect them from all over.

What dance HUD do you primarily use?  Why?
KM:  Huddles EZ Animator – I learned on this one and haven’t found a better one yet.

What problems/difficulties in performing group numbers are there that are not present during a solo performance?
KM: Scheduling rehearsals – it’s difficult mostly because of time zone constraints.

Do you use a movement system?  Which one?  Is there a reason you prefer one over the other?
KM:  I really like Spot On; I’m not aware of any others.

Do you use other HUDs?  What are they? 
KM:  We also use a communicator HUD so the dancers can communicate during a show.

Do you build your own sets or work with a scripter/builder? Do you have specific team members assigned to these tasks?  How do you decide who does what? 
KM:  Sometimes we work with a scripter.  It depends on what type of show we’re doing. The finale show is handled by the more experienced dancers and set designers.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about dancing?
KM:  Cycle dances just before you go on stage. It helps keep the dance transition smooth.

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
KM:  I usually do not emote while dancing. I feel if you’re emoting while dancing it takes away from guests watching your performance because they are trying to read what you’re typing.  Personally, I find it annoying when I am watching a show, but that’s just me. I have some dancers who enjoy emoting and guests who like emoting; that’s fine, everyone is different.

Where do you find your music?
KM: YouTube or iTunes.

Do you make your own mixes?  If yes, where do you find music and/or sound effects?  What about voice-overs?
KM: On occasion, but I leave that up to the MC’s.

What are your preferences when it comes to dance performances?  – Large/small sets; particles/none; effects/none; faders/none; emotes/none; movers/none; lighting/none
KM:  We used to start out with a huge stage, but I have learned it’s more prims, particles and space to fill, which means more for guests to rezz. We have downsized our stage, making it more manageable. I love to see special effects and surprises in shows; that’s our goal for each production.

What’s your favorite store for costuming?
KM: There are too many to name.

What’s the most embarrassing or frustrating thing that has happened to you during a performance?
KM:  It happened just recently, I was supposed to strip down to my g-string, but when I did it was gone. I was dancing totally naked. What can you do? lol

Do you ever consider how an audience member’s computer setup might affect their enjoyment of your performance?  (ie – particles, effects, lag, etc.)
KM: No one loves a show more than me with all types of particles effects and lighting, but in SL you have to take into consideration what your guest are going to experience. You can put on the best performance ever but if your guest can’t see it because all the special effects have disabled their viewing ability, what good is it ?

What’s the best comment/compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
KM:  “I loved that KiKi, could you please teach me to dance like that?”

How long do you think a show should be in SL?  Is there an ‘optimum’ max length?
KM: I think an hour is a good length for a show.  Anything longer can become boring.

Do you have a blog/SL group/website/flickr/facebook/other account you’d like to share?
KM:  Blog – KiKi’s House of Burlesque

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give someone new to dancing in SL?
KM: Go to shows around SL every chance you get; you can learn so much from other people’s performances.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?
KM:  Right here on my sim; there’s no place like home. 🙂

If you haven’t made it to one of the shows at KiKi’s, you’re missing out!  Be sure and check them out.  As always, a big thank you to KiKi for allowing me to interview her. 😀