Bamboo dancers

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It has been requested that this article be rewritten and expanded to add information on cameos in Mario Party and Mario Party 2 (tagged on January 31, 2020).

One of the bamboo dancers without a stick

Bamboo dancers[1] are a subset of Spear Guys that do the Bamboo Dance. While Dancing Spear Guys jump around with spears, bamboo dancers always come in color-coded pairs and dance with limbo sticks. Their stick can trip Yoshis and lower their happiness, so it must be jumped over to avoid damage. During gameplay, one dancer is in the foreground while the other is in the background, making them invincible.

Sprite of a red bamboo dancer from Yoshi's StorySprite of a yellow bamboo dancer from Yoshi's StorySprite of a green bamboo dancer from Yoshi's StorySprite of a blue bamboo dancer from Yoshi's Story

Bamboo dancers only appear as enemies in Yoshi's Story, and only in Stage 5-3: Shy Guy Limbo. They also make a cameo appearance in both Mario Party and Mario Party 2.

The artwork and sprites for bamboo dancers appear quite differently, as the sprites appear to be wearing yellow face paint and grass skirts in the same manner as Spear Guys, while the artwork depicts one with an unpainted mask and a much less leafy skirt. In addition, their shoes are green in the artwork instead of blue.

In the Japanese version of Mario Party Advance, Hulu is identified as a bamboo dancer, despite looking much more like a Dancing Spear Guy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バンブーダンサーズ
Banbū Dansāzu
Bamboo Dancers
German Limbostangen Guy Limbo Stick Guy


  1. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 113.