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Shimmy Mania!

4 Weeks | 3 Sessions per week | 43 Videos | Int/Adv

 

Who isn't crazy about shimmies? In this program you'll get to shimmy to your heart's content, working on mastering more shimmies than you can shake a hip scarf at.

Anyone who has tried to shimmy for more than 30 seconds knows it’s so much more than just shakin’ your booty. Here we’ll break down the finer points of multiple styles of shimmies including the fundamental Egyptian knee shimmy, the 3/4 shimmy and it's variations, the big and loose Waggle shimmy, the Freeze, the Choo Choo, shoulder shimmies, the Turkish front-back shimmy, and more.

With detailed instruction from five different teachers, this program focuses on learning to control the speed of your shimmies, isolating your shimmy in different regions of the body, and working with shimmy layers, all in under an hour per session. Build stamina with extended shimmy drills, build the strength you need to power your shimmy with complimentary fitness spotlights, and bring it all together to wow the crowd with impressive shimmy combinations and sequences.

This program is fun to try at any level, but is geared toward experienced dancers. You'll start by reviewing some basics then move quickly into layers and combinations. Learn all the tips and tools you need to achieve the easy, powerful, controlled shimmies you’ve always dreamed of.

You can rent classes individually, rent a session playlist, or join now to access all classes in this program for one low price.

How to Begin

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To browse class descriptions, click on the week and you can read more about each class. For a printable version of this program click here to download and print a copy for your practice space.

Practice Tip

For each mix and match session, all videos are in one playlist - one continual class. Click on the playlist link to start your session playlist, OR click on each week in the program navigation bar below for an expanded view, and watch the videos one at a time.

Shimmy Mania : Week 1

Session 1

Playlist (52:55)

Basic Shimmy Breakdown and Drill - Fundamental Shimmies, Tamalyn's Take - Intro to the 3/4 Shimmy: Up - Calming Cool Down

Session 2

Playlist (38:19)

Warm Up for the Low Back and Balance - The Waggle Shimmy - Drill Bits: Shake It (Part I) - Intro to the 3/4 Shimmy: Down - Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

Session 3

Playlist (50:13)

Quick Aerobic Warm Up - Variations on the 3/4 Shimmy - Shimmy Queen: Combo # 1 - Post Shimmy Cool Down

Let's start at the beginning with a clear and concise breakdown of fundamental shimmy technique. Our goal for this week is to develop an understanding of the most basic shimmies used throughout every genre of belly dance.



Week 1, Session 1 : Playlist (52:55)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Basic Shimmy Breakdown and Drill

This short spotlight will clearly break down the technique of the Egyptian style shimmy. We will hold the shimmy non-stop for five minutes with various speed and intensity. With consistent practice this drill will help you achieve a gorgeous powerful shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Super Shimmies & Shimmy Layers" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Fundamental Shimmies, Tamalyn's Take

Tamalyn will guide you through three tempos of shimmies with straight and bent knees and weight changes. This spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Relaxed and Layered Shimmies" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Intro to the 3/4 Shimmy: Up (00:12:22 - 00:18:41)

The 3/4 shimmy is used by belly dancers everywhere. In this workshop, Rachel teaches the basic approach, using hip work up, clarifies the simple rhythmic pattern that the shimmy expresses, and teaches 3/4 up variations. Some experience with belly dance is useful before taking this class, and advanced dancers may find this clarification helps their shimmies become bigger and cleaner. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Class

Calming Cool Down

Sedona will lead you through a short cool down to stretch the body and slow the heart rate after any dance practice. This spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret style workshop: "Goldmine #2 : Vintage Twists and Traveling Steps".

Week 1, Session 2 : Playlist (38:19)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Warm Up for the Low Back and Balance

This standing warm up gets your whole body ready to dance in under 10 minutes. It focuses on warming up the abs and legs, stretching the sides, opening the chest, stabilizing the spine for back bending, and includes some yoga-based exercises to improve your balance. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".

Learn Belly Dance

The Waggle Shimmy

This segment breaks down and drills the Waggle Shimmy, a large and lovely rocking style hip shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Shimmy Quartet Workshop".

Learn Belly Dance

Drill Bits: Shake It (Part I 00:00:35 - 00:05:41)

In this 30 minute danceable drill and combination session, Ashley will get you moving by focusing on shimmies! You will practice shimmies as isolations, in the shoulders, hips, as flutters, 3/4 shimmies, and also with traveling steps, turns, and Tribal Fusion layers. Please make sure you warm up and cool down before and after this belly dance practice.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Intro to the 3/4 Shimmy: Down (00:38:54 - 00:45:13)

The 3/4 shimmy is used by belly dancers everywhere. In this workshop, Rachel will teach how to approach your 3/4 shimmy on the down, clarifies the simple rhythmic pattern that the shimmy expresses, and teaches a few 3/4 down variations. Some experience with belly dance is useful before taking this class, and advanced dancers may find this clarification helps their shimmies become bigger and cleaner. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Cool Down for the Lower Body and Spine

Ashley will take you through a brief cool down designed to stretch out the body after a dance practice. This cool down focuses on stretching the legs and moving the spine. This spotlight is from Ashley's "Raq It! Belly Dance Fitness Class".

Week 1, Session 3 : Playlist (50:13)

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Quick Aerobic Warm Up

Ashley will take you through a brief warm up designed to get the body ready for dance - focusing particularly on warming up the legs through squats and leg lifts, and the arms, through a simple arm pattern and hand floreos. This belly dance spotlight is from Ashley's "Raq It! Belly Dance Fitness Class".

Learn Belly Dance

Variations on the 3/4 Shimmy

This spotlight breaks down three different 3/4 shimmy variations. The first includes a hip "up” accent, the second is the “over-shimmy” (using a figure 8 in the hips), and the third is a twist and drop variation... offering the experienced dancer three distinct flavors to play with! This spotlight is from Ashley's "3/4 Shimmy Variations & Layers" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Shimmy Queen: Combo # 1

A short but sweet combo that drills ¾ shimmies with arm layers and an isolation pattern. This combination is from Sedona's "Shimmy Queen: Shimmy Layers, Variations & Combinations" workshop.

Online Belly Dance Lesson

Post Shimmy Cool Down

A wonderful post shimmy cool down that slows the heart rate and stretches the hips and legs. This belly dance spotlight is from Sedona's American Cabaret Style workshop: "Shimmy Queen: Shimmy Layers, Variations & Combinations".

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