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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.
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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 Warm Up and Seated Drill - Shimmy Layers onto Slower Movements - 3/4 Shimmy Variations: The Ghawazee - 3/4 Shimmy Variations: The Overshimmy - Shimmy Cool Down
Standing Warm Up - The Turkish Front Back Shimmy - The Hagallah - Cool Down for Length and Balance
Quick Aerobic Warm Up - The Choo Choo Shimmy - Shimmy Queen Combo # 2 - Post Shimmy Cool Down
Now that we've got our fundamentals down pat, let's focus on layering! We'll also learn some new types of shimmies to spice up our vocabulary, as well as get a little cultural context regarding where certain shimmies come from.
This warm up is great preparation for an extended shimmy drill session. It will stretch and lengthen the side muscles, warm up the low back, and lubricate your joints. This spotlight also includes a special seated drill to work on boosting those knee shimmies. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Shimmy Quartet Workshop".
This section will put the preparation in part one into action to use weight change, and bent and straight legs, one at a time, to add shimmy layers to hip slides, figure eights, circles, and undulations. This spotlight is from Tamalyn's "The Subtle Art: Relaxed and Layered Shimmies" workshop.
The Ghawazee or Ghawazi shimmy is named after dancers of Egypt who specialize in this approach to a gorgeous walking-shimmy. This variation of 3/4 shimmy on the up is characterized by a big, swinging movement in the hips. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The Overshimmy is a fusion of the 3/4 down shimmy and the Maya, and it is an easy choice for traveling and up-tempo music. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Shimmy Train: 3/4 Shimmies and Variations" workshop.
The segment features a break down and drill of the infamous Turkish front-back Shimmy. You will drill the shimmy at various speeds as well as learn a floor exercise that will assist in identifying, isolating, and strengthening the muscles involved in the Turkish front-back Shimmy. This spotlight is from Sedona's "Shimmy Quartet Workshop".
The Hagallah is a common variation of the Malfuf that comes from the Egyptian folkloric dance of the Hagallah people. Steps for the Hagallah will be broken down, followed by a short combination with a few layering possibilities, as well as a short discussion of the origins and history of the Hagallah movement. This spotlight is from Henna's "Rhythmic Intelligence: Arabic Rhythms & Combinations" workshop.
This cool down will work on focus and awareness. It stabilizes the low back and lengthens the spine with some gentle forward bending and centers you to prepare for practice with some yoga inspired balance-oriented poses. This practice can also be used for a warm up. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Serpentine Scales: Pinball + Sugar Workshop".
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".
This challenging drill-based combo features challenging traveling hip shimmy and shoulder shimmy layers. This combination is from Sedona's "Shimmy Queen: Shimmy Layers, Variations & Combinations" workshop.
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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