Bamboo dancers

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Bamboo dancers
Artwork of a bamboo dancer from Yoshi's Story
A bamboo dancer without a stick, in Yoshi's Story
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Latest appearance Mario Party Advance (2005)
Variant of Dancing Spear Guy
Notable members

Bamboo dancers,[1] also referred to as limbo guys[2] or limbo Shy Guys,[3] are a subset of Spear Guys that do the Bamboo Dance.[4] While Dancing Spear Guys jump around with spears, bamboo dancers always come in color-coded pairs and dance with limbo sticks. Their sticks can trip Yoshis and lower their happiness, so they 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. Bamboo dancers appear as enemies only in Shy Guy Limbo in Yoshi's Story.

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 Mario Party Advance, a female bamboo dancer named Hulu appears as a character; however, she more closely resembles a Dancing Spear Guy.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バンブーダンサーズ[5][6]
Banbū Dansāzu
Banbū Heihō
Bamboo Dancers

Bamboo Shy Guy
French Maskass[8] Shy Guy
German Limbostangen Guy Limbo Stick Guy


  1. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 113.
  2. ^ Leung, Jason, Terry Munson, and Scott Pelland. Yoshi's Story Player's Guide. Page 103. "Whenever you come across two pairs of limbo guys, avoid jumping over their poles one at a time."
  3. ^ "Out came the limbo Shy Guys, who kept the beat, while the Yoshis danced." – Yoshi's Story, Shy Guy Limbo ending quote.
  4. ^ Super Smash Bros. Melee, Shy Guys trophy (set to English). "There are many types of Shy Guys: they've been known to[...]do the Bamboo Dance[...]"
  5. ^ Yoshi's Story, Shy Guy Limbo Japanese name and ending quote.
  6. ^ Super Smash Bros. Melee, Shy Guys trophy (set to Japanese).
  7. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック ヨッシーストーリー」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Yoshi's Story), pages 96 and 97. Based on the internal name actor_bamboo_heiho.
  8. ^ Yoshi story's ending quote in level 5-3