1. What is your history with dance in SL?
I joined SL back in 2005 and fell in love with the creativity and ability to do things I couldn’t in First Life. I loved meeting folks from all over. I left in 2010 due to illness in my family and came back to the world of mesh in 2017, a complete culture shock. I never knew about the world of dance back then. When I came back, I started out working with Live Singers and did that for two years. I was taken to a show performed by the Misfits by a friend and fell in love with the entire concept. I joined a dance troupe, Moulin Rouge, as a back up dancer and was with them for a little over two years. In 2021. I took classes in choreography and learned some of the basics. Since then I have been learning something new all the time. I try to incorporate something new into each dance I do, whether it is a new technique or an improved way to set up a stage.

2. What do you enjoy the most about SL dance?
I love the fact that we can express ourselves in ways we might not be able to in real life. We can get the music to tell a story, whether it is happy, sad and/or sexy. From complete shows like Cinderella and Phantom of the Opera to variety shows as in Cabaret or Burlesque, they are all so fascinating. It is the emotions we have deep inside being released and allowed to be expressed in many different shapes and forms. it can be profoundly moving or it can be simple fun and/or hilarity. It is an Art, as in painting, singing and writing. I love the folks who are so open to helping someone else learn and grow to be better able to express themselves. The diversity of it all.

3. What do you enjoy the least about SL dance?
The frustrations with my limitations of knowledge, the limitations of SL, of people who should want others to be able to express themselves but feel the need to hoard their knowledge of the different ways to do things and the means to do so (animations, props, etc). It is the confusing, convoluted way some things need to be done in order to create. It is when I am stuck trying to do something and no idea of how to even begin or where to go for help. The frustration with others who say they will help but don’t when asked, while others almost forget their own creations in order to help someone else achieve theirs. The frustration of working hard on something only to know it isn’t going to work the way you thought it would or when SL is being a cantankerous old toot wanting to mess a show up. The disappointment for myself and others when a creation is accidentally destroyed and needing to be recreated from scratch or cannot be shown for whatever reason. Frustration with myself as I cannot just listen to a song and magically create a dance. The song has to ‘speak’ to me, tell me what it wants done.

4. What has been your best experience in SL dance?
As of this writing, I have personally created 11 dances and have a couple more in various stages of completion, yet I have been a back up dancer in many awesome performances. I have been privy to watching some of the most outstanding professionals in SL and able to watch other new choreographers blossom into wonderful creators. I simply cannot pick one moment or one show out of the many I have seen. I think the best thing is when a dance which has been so hard for the choreographer to create is shown in all its glory on stage and enjoyed by those who came to see it.  When one excels, we all excel. It is meeting all the new people I would otherwise never have met. Good or bad.

5. Out of all the dances you have created or participated in, which is your fave?
I cannot pick one of my own dances as I love them all in their own way. As for those out in the dance community that I’ve seen, I cannot pick just one. I have had dances move me to tears and dances move me to laughter so hard I thought I would cry. They are all my favorites.

6. What message would you like to leave for your fans or the dance community?
Whether you are a dancer or choreographer or both, whether you are a builder, a photographer or someone who loves to go to all the shows, live singers, art galleries around, always do your best at what you do. No one can ask for anymore than that. Learn not to be your own worst critic. That is the hardest thing of all to do. Keep on, pick yourself up no matter how many times you fall. Take breaks as needed, don’t try to force your creativity.

7. Anything else you’d like to share?
Above all else, regardless of what others think of you or what you perceive them to think of you, stand tall and proud of yourself. Believe in yourself. You are a wonderful unique creation yourself. Keep growing and take the time to take care of yourself – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Try to be kind to others. You don’t know what they deal with on a daily basis.