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Dancer: Zoe Llewelyn
Club: Fab Glitter
1. What are your 3 favorite places to dance?
Fab Glitter is the only place I come to dance these days.
2. In social terms, RL Dancing and Avatar Dancing might be pretty similar. But in physical terms they seem pretty different. Can you talk a little bit about why you like to dance and what the experience of it is for you?
Dancing in RL has always been a strange experience for me. I am deaf from birth, but in clubs when I was young, the vibration and feel of the loud music made me love dancing.
In SL I don’t get that same sensation, so I dance in SL for very different reasons than I do in RL. Here its a purely social setting for me to hang out with friends and talk. In RL its a form of self-expression in a public space.
3. Can you say a little about Avatar Bodies? How do you like to look? Do you think about how others will perceive you? Do you think about how other avatars look? Are there any particular looks that turn you on or off?
Well, I am an artist, designer, and fashionista, so how my avatar looks, dresses and is seen is important to me for a lot of reasons.
In RL I am a middle-aged deaf Cherokee woman with arthritis and more grey hair than black now. SL allows me to present myself more as I see myself in my head, instead of how people in RL see my exterior. Here I am in control of what people see. It is liberating, and gives me a huge artistic outlet.
Of course, we all have looks we prefer; things we are attracted to in ourselves and in others. Some of the trends in avatars in SL lately may not be my own ideas of beauty, but then that is what I love about Second Life…we all get to express our own opinions on how we want to be seen by the world.
4. What else should we know about you or about avatar life?
Second Life, and any online virtual community like it, can be a social lifeline to those who may be more isolated, marginalized or cut off in real life. There is a lot said these days about how virtual life is causing us to interact with each other less…but few people talk about the flip side of that. For many of us, virtual life can help us gain connections we lack in RL.