Interview with a Dancer #17 – Barney Helendale

As I have reported before, there seem to be more men performing in dance troupes these days.

Barney is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet – he’s friendly, entertaining, and a real sweetheart. 😛

Barney Helendale 2015



SL Name:  Barney Helendale
Display Name:  Barney Helendale
Rez Day: July 9, 2008






What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
BH:  Another method to reach people and make friends, entertain the public, so I joined a dance theatre and became involved.

Where do you dance?
BH:  Guerilla Burlesque and Starlite Theatre.  I also do dance routines with some of the model agencies I am a part of.

How much time, on average, do you spend in SL each week?
BH:  30 hours per week.

Of that time, how much (%) is spent working on dances/performances?
BH:  10 hours per week – 33%.

How long does it take you to create a set (start to finish)?
BH:  I have not had much experience at building sets, yet.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.
BH:  Abranimations.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for non-dance anims.
BH:  Isomotions.

What dance HUD do you primarily use?  Why?
BH:  Ultimate & Barre.

Do you use other HUDs?  What are they?
BH: Strut It Model HUD.

Do you build your own sets or work with a scripter/builder?
BH:  I build my own sets.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about dancing?
BH:  Don’t worry, if nothing is working, just keep going.

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
BH:  I have emoted. Another skill I have learned in SL.

Where do you find your music?
BH:  YouTube.

Do you make your own mixes?  If yes, where do you find music and/or sound effects?
BH: No.

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;
BH:  At this point, movers. As I am learning, it takes time to be comfortable. Small sets, limited exposure to other props.

What’s your favorite store for costuming?
BH: The Bare Rose.

What’s the most embarrassing or frustrating thing that has happened to you during a performance?
BH: Not fully rezzing.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
BH: Sharp dressed, great presentation.

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give someone new to dancing in SL?
BH:  Be patient, do not expect to be “perfect” al the time, we roll with how events unfold. Don’t Worry, Be Happy. 😀

How long do you think a show should be in SL?  Is there an ‘optimum’ max length?
BH:  45 minutes, depending on how many routines.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?
BH: Home.

What is one thing you’d like to see ‘arrive’ in SL dance?  (Something that is not currently possible.)
BH:  More groups.

You can catch Barney dancing at Guerilla Burlesque during their season and at Starlite Theater every other Monday at 7pm (next show is Feb. 9).