Interview with a Dancer #12 – Lady C

If you’ve been to a burlesque show in SL, you’ve probably seen this next dancer.  Please welcome the lovely Miss Lady C!

miss lady c

 

 

SL Name:  Lady Correia
Display Name:  Miss Lady C
Rez Day:  5/19/2009

 

 

 

Questions:

What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
LC:  I came across a burlesque/cabaret club by the name of Lady Garden Cabaret and the owner invited me to perform there.  Since I have such a love for burlesque, I jumped at the offer.  I’ve been performing ever since.

How long have you been dancing?
LC: 5 years.

Where do you dance?
LC:   KiKi’s House of Burlesque.

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

Of that time, how much (%) is spent working on dances/performances?
LC:  About 50%.

How long does it take you to create a set (start to finish)?
LC:  In the beginning it took a couple days, but now I can build a set in about 5 hours if I don’t take breaks.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.
LC:  Henmations or MyANIMATIONS.

What dance HUD do you primarily use?  Why?
LC:  I used to use Dance Control HUD which I really liked, but for some reason it stopped working for me.  Now I use Eve n Better Ultimate Dance HUD.  I use it because it isn’t complicated like some.

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

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
LC:  I used to, but not anymore.  People commented that they came to watch the dance, not to read a book.  Having to read emotes takes people’s eyes away from the performance.  I always use female singers so the song tells the story.  I want people to enjoy the music, costume, set and dance movements, not have to concentrate on reading.

Where do you find your music?
LC:  YouTube.

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;
LC:  I prefer a medium size set with glitz and glitter.  Effects and lighting are always important to the performance.

What’s the most embarrassing or frustrating thing that has happened to you during a performance?
LC:  When the lag is so bad that I crash in the middle of a performance.  That just drives me crazy.

Do you ever consider how an audience member’s computer setup might affect their enjoyment of your performance?  (ie. – particles, effects, lag, etc.)
LC:  I realize that everyone has a bit of a different control settings or computer capabilities so I do my best to use low lag effects.

What’s the best comment/compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
LC:   That it is done very professionally.

Do you have a blog/website/flickr/facebook/other account you’d like to share?
LC:   I have a blog – Miss Lady C.

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give someone new to dancing in SL?
LC:  Don’t give up and always do your best.  If your heart is not in it, give it up.

How long do you think a show should be in SL?  Is there an ‘optimum’ max length?
LC:  1 hour.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?
LC: Shopping around SL.

Any other thoughts/ideas/comments you’d like to share?
LC: I receive a special enjoyment from performing burlesque.  I like to stick with a more traditional burly act since that is what I did in RL.  I relive those good times here in SL now that I am retired.  It brings back very fond memories.

A big thank you to Lady C for taking the time to be interviewed!

Interview with a Dancer #11 – Zed Karas

This little lady has one of the wickedest senses of humor I’ve come across on the grid. 😛  Please welcome Zed Karas to the Interview with a Dancer series!

Zed 2014

 

SL Name:  Zed Karas
Display Name:  Same
Rez Day: February 1, 2007

 

 

Questions:

What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
ZK:  Very soon after coming to SL I rented a small skybox, just somewhere to base myself from and unpack and play with things I’d bought.  This included animations. I’d always have the radio on so I’d dance along in my chair (admit it, you do it too) and I just played animations from my inventory (apparently this is called Freestyle, who knew?) to songs I liked. As my collection of animations grew, I began to develop little routines to songs purely for my own enjoyment.

How long have you been dancing?
ZK: For my own personal enjoyment, since I came to SL over 7 1/2 years ago. I started performing at MJ’s Burlesque Review when it opened about three years ago as a filler as they didn’t have a huge amount of people to put on a full show; I still consider myself a filler act.

Where do you dance?
ZK:  Mostly at home and at MJ’s Burlesque Review.

How much time, on average, do you spend in SL each week?
ZK:  80 – 100 hours.

Of that time, how much (%) is spent working on dances/performances?
ZK:  About 5%.

How long does it take you to create a set (start to finish)?
ZK:  This depends on my mood and motivation.  I’ve made a full routine including sequencing, set build and emotes in less than two hours. Usually it takes much longer depending on the idea and what resources I have to hand; most of the time is spent sourcing materials and textures.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.
ZK:  MyANIMATION.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for non-dance anims.
ZK:  Kuso.

What dance HUD do you primarily use?  Why?
ZK:   I use the Barre HUD v3.0. I like to see a visual representation of exactly where I am at in the routine and if, for whatever reason, something goes wrong, I can resume from the next animation. I don’t use a more recent version because I don’t need the extra stuff like group functionality and I’ve found it to be stable enough not to have to upgrade.  More recent versions seem to come with free bugs that I can live without.

Do you use a movement system?  Which one?  Is there a reason you prefer one over the other?
ZK:  Only if the routine demands it, which is rare. I use the Spot On Choreography Design System for very basic movements, I’ve never found it reliable enough for more complex routines.  Otherwise I move manually.

Do you use other HUDs?  What are they?
ZK: I’ve used many different HUDs in the past to control separate things like curtains or effects, but if I need something special now I script the object to work from my Barre commands.

Do you build your own sets or work with a scripter/builder?
ZK: I build my own sets and edit scripts to suit. I’ve had scripts made in the past for specific tasks but I now write very basic scripts myself. I try to keep my sets simple; I’m a burlesque performer dancing on a stage in a small intimate club, not a music video star.

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
ZK: I do emote. It’s compulsory at MJ’s, but I also feel that it can enhance a performance and explain the moods, emotions, or story of the performance. We’re stuck with sets of prefabricated movement in SL so subtle movements aren’t possible; a RL dancer may be able to convey a certain mood or emotion to her audience, emotes fill this void in SL. My routines are usually story driven with a comedic element so emotes are rather essential in that respect, whether people choose to read them or not is up to them, but they’re there if they do.

Where do you find your music?
ZK:  I have a vast personal music collection so much of what inspires me comes from there. I find new music from listening to various SL DJs, YouTube, Last.fm, and personal recommendations.

Do you make your own mixes?  If yes, where do you find music and/or sound effects?
ZK:  Yes, I do. YouTube has a surprising amount of sound effects, also, sites like Soundsnap provide royalty free sound effects that should cover pretty much any sound you’ll ever need.

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;
ZK:  Personally, I prefer small sets/ stages.  I’ve been to so many shows where it’s difficult to even spot the performer on the stage because it’s so vast;  fair enough if you have a large troupe on stage at once, they all have to be able to fit, but as a solo performer small suits me. I avoid particle effects; it seems that a lot of people use them for the sake of using them, combine that with a large stage and you have no chance of finding the dancer at all. Same thing applies to lighting and other effects, if the act needs them then use them, if not it’s just shiny for the sake of shiny.

Do you ever consider how an audience member’s computer setup might affect their enjoyment of your performance?  (ie. – particles, effects, lag, etc.)
ZK:  Always, as I mentioned before I dislike too many effects/ particles.  Everyone sees SL differently so lighting can look terrible to some people, particles can appear as little (or big) grey boxes floating about, even large amounts of high poly mesh in a small area can crash people with slower computers. There’s no point having a hugely complicated show if people can’t see it.

What’s the best comment/compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
ZK:   I’ve seen a couple of my acts replicated by others, almost identical sets and costumes.  You can see them inspecting things when you’re on stage; it’s kind of flattering but some credit would be nice.

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give someone new to dancing in SL?
ZK:  Take a break when you get frustrated. Expect to hate your favourite song by the end of your choreography, be prepared to spend a lot of money and time making something, and don’t expect to get rich from it.

How long do you think a show should be in SL?  Is there an ‘optimum’ max length?
ZK:  No longer than an hour, people get bored very quickly in SL, no matter how good the show is. It’s better to leave them wanting more than have them fall asleep.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?
ZK: On my own sim, I potter about building and playing with stuff, riding my horse, drooling over my coveted gacha items and counting cats.

What is one thing you’d like to see ‘arrive’ in SL dance?  (Something that is not currently possible.) 
ZK:  I’d like to see walls, props, and bits of set that prevent people dancing through them or a sense of spacial awareness.  I’ve seen so many people dance off a stage into mid air or disappear through a wall.

Any other thoughts/ideas/comments you’d like to share?
ZK: Gadgets/ HUD’s do not make a good show. People jump on the bandwagon to have the latest thing thinking that it will add that spark of “magic,” but if you don’t have the original concept right then it’s all for nothing. Don’t believe the hype people spout constantly, not everything that’s new is really new. You’ve always been able to move about the stage (Xpose), you’ve been able to change your costume at the touch of a button (any amount of RLV assisted wardrobe HUDs), even appearing to play an animation from somewhere other than the start has been possible for over two years (The PieceMaker).

A big thank you to Zed for taking the time to answer all my nosy questions. 😀  Stay tuned for the next interview!

Interview with a Dancer #10 – Sarah Elisebeth Brenham

This next dancer has been dancing for quite a while.  She dances at various venues, she is a budding choreographer, and she’s one of the sweetest people on the grid.  Welcome, Sarah!

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SL Name:  sarahelisebeth Brenham
Display Name:  Sarah Elisebeth Brenham
Rez Day: 09/08/2006

 

 

 

Questions:

What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
SEB: I actually don’t remember, but i got into choreography when i was forced to do a dance for someone

How long have you been dancing?
SEB: Many years.

Where do you dance?
SEB:  The Starlite Theater, The Night Theater and various competitions and exhibitions.

How much time, on average, do you spend in SL each week?
SEB:  About ninety-six hours.

Of that time, how much (%) is spent working on dances/performances?
SEB:  Maybe fifteen percent.

How long does it take you to create a set (start to finish)?
SEB:  Maybe a day.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.
SEB:  MyANIMATIONS

What dance HUD do you primarily use?  Why?
SEB:  Right now I’m using a HUD that I got from a dance troupe I was in previously, and the SpotOn Performance Directors HUD.  The HUD I got from the group I was in is so easy to use. The Performance Directors HUD, I was advised to use.

Do you use a movement system?  Which one?  Is there a reason you prefer one over the other?
SEB:  Yes, Spot On Choreography Design. It was suggested that I learn this.

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

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about dancing?
SEB:  As long you love your dance, nobody else’s opinion’s matters.

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
SEB:  Yes. I enjoy telling stories.

Where do you find your music?
SEB:  YouTube.

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;
SEB:  Depends on my mood.

What’s your favorite store for costuming?
SEB:  Too many to list.

Is there a particular artist (in SL or RL) that inspires you?
SEB:  Again, too many to list.

What’s the most embarrassing or frustrating thing that has happened to you during a performance?
SEB:  I forgot to cache my dances.

Do you ever consider how an audience member’s computer setup might affect their enjoyment of your performance?  (ie. – particles, effects, lag, etc.)
SEB:  Yes.

What’s the best comment/compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
SEB:  That they love my work.

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give someone new to dancing in SL?
SEB:  Love what you do.

How long do you think a show should be in SL?  Is there an ‘optimum’ max length?
SEB:  Two hours.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?
SEB:  The Arbor.

What is one thing you’d like to see ‘arrive’ in SL dance?  (Something that is not currently possible.) 
SEB: Better couple dances.

Do you have a blog/website/flickr/facebook/other account you’d like to share?
SEB: My fashion blog: SohhhSarah   My dancing blog: Dancing Submissive   My Flickr: Sarah Elisebeth Brenham   My Facebook:   Sarahelisebeth Brenham

A big thank you to Sarah for participating in my ‘Interview with a Dancer’ series!

Interview with a Dancer #9 – Ric Lyle

I’m so excited that this next dancer agreed to be interviewed – it’s about time for a male perspective, don’t you think?  He’s one of the nicest guys on the grid and you can find him performing with the Fusion Dance Crew.  My apologies to him for the extended delay in getting this published!

Ric Lyle

 

 

SL Name:  Ric Lyle
Display Name:  Same
Rez Day: 08/19/2007

 

 

 

Questions:

What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
RL:  I started going to clubs all over SL.  Music is one of the best things about SL.  I tried to really dance to the music and bought animations to match the type of music and tempos.  I joined Chippendales and became a Lead Dancer.  In those days we did routines.  I’ve been with a number of dance groups since then.  My style did not really fit burlesque.  I even became a Beautiful Freak for a while but never got the chance to do a routine.  I figured if I had my own dance group I could do whatever I wanted to do.  That’s when Fusion Dance Crew started, thanks to my RL wife and SL partner Feli Ibanez.  She is really the one who made it happen and keeps it going even now.  But, it all starts with the music.  You have to feel the music and dance the animations that fit the music..

How long have you been dancing?
RL:  I’d say 4-5 years.  I’ve been a dancer for about 5 dance groups before Feli and I started Fusion Dance Crew.  I also dance with La Performance these days, and occasionally will stand in if someone needs me.

Where do you dance?
RL:  At our club Fusion Performing Arts Center.  And I go to various clubs throughout SL whenever I can.

How much time, on average, do you spend in SL each week?
RL:  These days, not enough.  I’d say 6 hours a week, primarily on the weekend.

Of that time, how much (%) is spent working on dances/performances?
RL:  About 50%.  I like creating routines and sets.  And it gives me something to do in SL.

How long does it take you to create a set (start to finish)?
RL:  Depends on how elaborate.  Most I would say take me 4-5 hours.  I use parts from previous sets if I can.  I like building sets.  It’s another chance to be creative.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.
RL:  I like 3 the most:  MyAnimations,  Henmations and A&M.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for non-dance anims.
RL:  I don’t use non-dance animations very much, so I don’t have a fav store.  I should use them more often.

What dance HUD do you primarily use?  Why?
RL:  I’ve used Huddles for a long time.  Maybe one of these days I will switch to Barre, but I don’t have a lot of SL time to learn a new HUD.

Do you use a movement system?  Which one?  Is there a reason you prefer one over the other?
RL:  I do use one.  I use SZi Formation HUD.  It is easy for me to use and here again I haven’t had time to research and learn others.

Do you use other HUDs?  What are they?
RL:  For dance routines I’ve used other HUDs at times, for sword fighting, ninja moves, various special effects, poofers, etc.

Do you build your own sets or work with a scripter/builder?
RL:  I build my own these days.  I like working on them.  You can find so much good stuff through XStreet.  And I think I’m getting better at it.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about dancing?
RL:  Hmmm…”come to center” before changing animations.  I must say, however, that it sure helps having an SL partner who is also into dance.  She critiques my routines and I critique her routines.  And we are able to discuss routines and shows in RL.  Helps a lot.

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
RL:  If by emote you mean telling a story in local, yes, most of my routines today have a story.  I write them myself.  They are the hardest part of pulling a routine together for me.

Where do you find your music?
RL:  Sometimes I hear the music on the radio in RL, or hear the music in travels around SL.  But most of the time I’m looking for a specific type of music and I usually try Amazon MP3 listings.  Feli helps me a lot with music choices; she is really good at it.

Do you make your own mixes?  If yes, where do you find music and/or sound effects?
RL:  Yes.  I use the free version of Virtual DJ.  I buy sound effects and most music at Amazon.  Most of my routines have more than one song so I often have to blend songs together.

What is your stance on the issue of music copyright in SL (and also in YouTube videos you might post)?
RL:  I buy my most of my music.  I’ve just started taking music from YouTube, but the quality isn’t very good.  Music is everything so the quality has to be good.  Artists also need to get paid for their work, so I pay if I like it.

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;
RL:  I, and the other dancers at Fusion Dance Crew, try to bring the “full package” to every routine.  By that I mean great costumes, music, dance animations, sets, story and special effects.  We use all the items you listed, except lighting.

What’s your favorite store for costuming?
RL:  There are some good ones out there, but I do a lot of my shopping for costumes through XStreet.  It’s faster than going from store to store, and I can usually find what I’m looking for.  Hey..I’m a guy, what can I say.  Besides, most of my costumes I put together using bits and pieces from several or more costumes.  I actually like putting costumes together.  I’m a straight guy..so don’t tell anyone this!

Is there a particular artist (in SL or RL) that inspires you?
RL:  There are so many good people in SL dance.  I admire all of them for contributing to keeping dance alive and well in SL.  There are two groups that have been an inspiration to me:  Pink Ladies and Tigers and Kittens.  No only do they put on clever routines, but they are a good group of people who have been together a long time and still like each other.

What’s the most embarrassing or frustrating thing that has happened to you during a performance?
RL:  Well..I have gone completely naked on stage a few times, by accident.  I change clothes sometimes 3 times during a routines and sometimes my timing is off.  But then again, I do get close to totally naked in a lot of routines, hahaha.  Sometimes I try to hide costume changes with poofer of one sort or another.

What is your greatest fear as a dancer?
RL:  I’m sometimes afraid that some of my stuff won’t work as expected.  Sometimes it doesn’t…

What is your biggest complaint about dancing in SL?
RL:  I don’t have any complaints about dancing in SL.  All dance in SL is good.

Are there challenges being a male dancer that female dancers don’t face? What are they?
RL:  Actually I think being a male dancer is easier.  Because women are the ones who dominate SL dance, they all cut me a lot of slack in my work because I’m a male.  I appreciate it.

Do you ever consider how an audience member’s computer setup might affect their enjoyment of your performance?  (ie. – particles, effects, lag, etc.)
RL:  Not very often.  I just do my thing and hope people can see it well enough.

What’s the best comment/compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
RL:  I pride myself on being one of the better free style dancers out there, mixing the right animation to the music and making it smooth to watch.  When people recognize my skill at this, it always makes me feel good.

Have you ever done a dance you look back on now and think was awful?
RL:  Yes there have been a couple of “stinkers.”  But I usually go back and try to rework and update it when I can.

Do you have a favorite performance/routine?  What is it and why is it your favorite?
RL:  I like all my routines in my inventory.  I try to improve them whenever I perform them.  I usually do male oriented themes (e.g. Tron, The Barbarian, Ninja, Superhero, Robots) which I don’t think we see enough of in SL dance, because there aren’t a lot of guys doing routines.

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give someone new to dancing in SL?
RL:  Choose music that inspires you.

How long do you think a show should be in SL?  Is there an ‘optimum’ max length?
RL:  I’ve come to the conclusion that an hour is about right.  I learned this by trial and error.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?
RL:  Feli and I go to Soul Mods club on Friday whenever we can.  They have a great group of people, most from the UK.  They are all very quick witted and verbose.  I’ve never seen a place generate so much local chat in a 2 hour period, all without gestures.  The music is generally Northern Soul and US Soul.  I look forward to our visit every week.

What is one thing you’d like to see ‘arrive’ in SL dance?  (Something that is not currently possible.) 
RL: It seems like we already have a lot of tools available to us, and the tools are getting better and better.  I am one of the few, I think, that actually like dance competitions.  I’d like to see more of this, I guess.

And there you have it, folks, the latest ‘Interview with a Dancer’!  A great big thank you to Ric and again, apologies for the delay in publishing!

Interview with a Dancer #8 – SexyS Quintessa

Continuing with the ‘Interview with a Dancer’ series – here is the latest installment:

You can find our next dancer all over the grid – she’s one of the most dedicated shoppers I know!  In addition to shopping, she loves to dance.  Please welcome SexyS Quintessa!

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SL Name: SexyS Quintessa
Display Name:  LOL I need no other name!
Rez Day:  July 20, 2008
Location:  San Francisco Bay Area

 

 

Questions:

What led you to/How did you start dancing in SL?
SQ:  Well,  I was at a club one day and my friend invited me on her HUD.  She had better dances in it than the club had.  At that time I believe the club just had some of the freebie dances.  Most clubs had those at that time!   I asked her how can I dance like her?  So she told me go and buy this HUD and go to this dance animation place and buy some dances to put in it.  I went to the landmarks she gave me.  I bought the HUD which was a HUDDLES.  I went to the dance animation place and found a bunch of dances that I liked.   I used it for club dancing mostly until Blue Moon Cabaret became a Burlesque Club!

How long have you been dancing?
SQ:  I have been doing dance shows since 2009.

Where do you dance?
SQ:  Blue Moon Cabaret is where I started and will also call home!   Guerilla Burlesque, A&M MOCAP Maniacs, Elysium, Euphoria, and the newest one – The Partyculars!

How much time, on average, do you spend in SL each week?
SQ:  Lol – too much time!!!

Of that time, how much (%) is spent working on dances/performances?
SQ:  95%.  The other 5% is shopping or seeking out gacha machines!

How long does it take you to create a set (start to finish)?
SQ:  It all depends.  I recently finished an act that I did for the Le Cirque de Nuit production which took me 3 months.  Some have taken just a week.  With dance in SL these days, it’s taking much longer because of the movers and special effects.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for dance animations.
SQ: A&M MOCAP Danceworks.

Name your ‘go-to’ store for non-dance animations.
SQ: Oracul.

What dance HUD do you primarily use?  Why?
SQ: Barre dance HUD because I like it best! Lol.  If you want me to compare or tell why I like it best from all the dance HUDs that are out there would need a whole other blog post!

Do you use a movement system?  Which one?  Is there a reason you prefer one over the other?
SQ:  Yes, I use a mover system.   I have used DB Dance System and used that until all the other ones came out.  I currently use 2 depending on the situation.  I like SZI because it is easy and fast to work with. So when I need to create something quickly, I will use SZI.   When I have lots of time and PATIENCE, I will use SpotOn.  I like SpotOn as well because it moves so smoothly and is low in scripts.

Do you use other huds?  What are they?
SQ: I have used the SpotOn Director’s HUD.

Do you build your own sets or work with a scripter/builder? 
SQ: I’ve done both!!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about dancing?  
SQ: Well in RL, my first Bellydance teacher told me something that really also can pertain to SL.  “Bellydance is a CUT THROAT business, so be careful out there and watch out!” lol.

Do you emote?  Why or why not?
SQ: I used to at Blue Moon Cabaret because it was required! lol  Now I don’t have to!!  I’m a dancer not a writer!!

Where do you find your music?
SQ: Most of the time I hear it playing and think – oohh, this would be great for an act!

Do you make your own mixes?  If yes, where do you find music and/or sound effects?
SQ: No, I haven’t ventured into this department.  I have edited music so it’s cut down from 7 minutes to 4 or less.  I had to do that many times with bellydance in RL.  I was taught how to do that by one of my teachers.

What is your stance on the issue of music copyright in SL (and also in YouTube videos you might post)? 
SQ: They made the music to share with us, so I don’t see any copyright issue unless someone was selling it in SL for profit.

What are your preferences when it comes to dance performances?  (Large/small sets, particles/none, effects/none, lighting/none, faders/none, emotes/none, movers/none?) 
SQ: All depends really on the song and what I feel should be present in the act. Also the song has a lot to do with what I put into the act. I want a visual of the song. One song may not require particles whereas another song would.

What’s your favorite store for costuming?  
SQ: I have many!!! One of my favorites is !deviousBeauty by Chandra Meehan.

Is there a particular artist (in SL or RL) that inspires you?
SQ: In SL there are so many people who inspire me! Diawa Bellic, Misse Tigerpaw, and Setsuna Hirano are a few! There are many more.

What’s the most embarrassing or frustrating thing that has happened to you during a performance?
SQ:  Lol embarrassing would be a RL performance when my bra strap came undone!  Luckily, my straps were made so there is an “X” in the back.  So it was just flapping around in the back.  If I didn’t have that X in the back I dunno what might have happened!  After that incident, I reinforced all my bra straps and hooks with velcro.

What is your greatest fear as a dancer?  
SQ: In SL, I haven’t really had that emotion.  In RL, that’s another story.  Remembering choreography is a big fear! Especially when doing it with a group because that is always more noticeable.  Also dancing for the general public is always easier than dancing before your peers.

What is your biggest complaint about dancing in SL?  
SQ: The LAG that is often associated with performances in SL!

What’s the best comment/compliment you’ve ever received about your dancing?
SQ: I’m trying to remember now!  I’ve had many.  I should start saving them on a notecard!!!

Have you ever done a dance you look back on now and think was awful? 
SQ: Yes, some of my earlier choreography.   I’ve redone the choreography.

Do you have a favorite performance/routine?  What is it and why is it your favorite? 
SQ: I love all of mine! They are all my favorite!!  Lol – Best Artsy fartsy would be my act with “The Cold Song” by Klaus Nomi.  Best comedy – this is a tuff one cuz all of them are epic!  My Jerry Springer act! ??  Best Fantasy would be my act I did to “Fantasy” by Aldo Nova which was also the set that I won best sets through Dance Queens Cutie awards.

Do you have a blog/website/flickr/facebook/other account you’d like to share?  
SQ: Facebook – Sixys Quintessa

What’s the most helpful piece of advice you would give to someone new to dancing in SL? 
SQ: Join Dance Queens group cuz there is a ton of information there!

How long do you think a show should be in SL?  Is there an ‘optimum’ max length?  
SQ: 1 hour tops – anything longer than that loses my attention.

Where is your favorite spot to spend time in SL if you are not dancing?  
SQ: Any kind of gacha fair, lol.

What is one thing you’d like to see ‘arrive’ in SL dance? (Something that is not currently possible.)
SQ: I know this is not possible because of the SL limitations but I’d like to be able to start an animation in the middle of it instead of from the beginning cuz there’s always an animation I’d like to use just the middle of or just the end of it! I’d also like a larger amount of group space please!

Any other thoughts/ideas/comments you’d like to share?  
SQ: Naiki is a fleabag!  He was my pimp before I got into performance dancing!!

And there you have it, folks – our eighth installment of ‘Interview with a Dancer’!  Thank you so much to SexyS for taking time out of her busy shopping schedule to be interviewed.  🙂