Tray Porthos


1. What is your history with dance in SL?

>. I’ve been a fan of SL Burlesque since 2010. In 2013, I was invited to participate as a dancer in a production put on as a special request by the organizer of the SL Science Fiction convention. The production imploded when the director had a metal breakdown. I had never done anything like choreography before but I knew it was possible to do some basic sequences in Huddles and together with Imrhien, we gave it a go and although it was pretty rough and unsophisticated, it (Alien Moulin Rouge) went on to win several awards.

Because of the success the prior year, Imrhien and I were invited to produce the show for the 2014 convention. By this time we had discovered the Spot On tools and both of us were dancing with Guerrilla Burlesque off and on, so we decided to attempt a much larger and more ambitious production. Milky Way Cabaret went on to make over a million L$’s in donations to RFL and set several attendance and donation records for off-season RFL events. Needless to say, myself and Imrhien were hopelessly hooked on SL dance from that point.

2. What do you enjoy the most about SL dance?

>. As an somewhat extreme introvert, SL dance (and SL in general) gives me the opportunity to stretch my wings as it were, and experience what it’s like to put myself on display. I’ve never considered myself a particularly creative person but SL dance has allowed me to discover aspects of myself that would not have had an outlet otherwise. The adrenalin rush of getting on-stage and performing for people is intoxicating and addictive.

3. What do you enjoy the least about SL dance?

>. Deadlines…lol
>. Also, the inevitable drama that seems to come with groups of highly creative people.

4. What has been your best experience in SL dance?

>. I think I would have to say the 2014 MWC production is probably the singularity that defined my path and provided the initial fuel for much of what I’ve done since. Of course there are many other highlights (along with a few things I wish would be forgotten). Joining the Elysium team has also been a surreal experience. Not only is the staff incredibly open-minded and supportive, the performers are among the most talented people I know. It really is an honor wearing the Elysium Dancer tag.

5. Out of all the dances you have done, which is your fave?

>. As silly and unpolished as it was, I think the Psy/Ylvis/Miley parody act I did for MWC in 2014 was the act that helped me find my feet as it were. It incorporated a lot of custom mesh work which I really enjoy making and it was my first comedic effort which I find is becoming a staple of much of my subsequent work.

6. What message would you like to leave for your fans?

>. Just a sincere and enthusiastic THANK YOU! for all your support and encouragement. And for not hurling sharp objects at me when I suck. πŸ˜‰

7. Anything else you’d like to share?

>. I wanted to share my cookies but I eated them all 😦