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. 😛
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.
Name your ‘go-to’ store for non-dance anims.
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?
Do you make your own mixes? If yes, where do you find music and/or sound effects?
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?
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).