The 3/4 Shimmy with Ashley Lopez
Teacher: Ashley Lopez
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Great question, and sharp eye!
Yes, simply put, in this particular video I'm focusing only on the "up-down-up" and "down-up-down" variations of the 3/4 shimmy. In the other video that I do, 3/4 Variations & Layers, I show different kinds of 3/4 shimmies, including one that could be described as an "out-down-up" or, a larger accent on the first of the 3 hip movements.
For a more thorough explanation, the even "up-down-up" that I do in this particular video lacks two things:
1) an accent
2) any sliding movement of the hips to the side (the "out" hip.)
This basic 3/4 is powered primarily by the quadratus lumborum (aka the "Q.L." which attaches at the top of your pelvis in the back and at your lumbar vertebrae) and the internal & external oblique abdominals.
In the second video that I do--3/4 variations and layers--we do explore the "out-and-up" a bit; I call it an accent on the "one." To make this accent, the legs and glutes work (with the Q.L. and obliques) a little more to create more power that pushes the hip out laterally a bit. This is the same way Tahitians do their hip locks (which is why it looks like they're swaying), you really power more from the feet, and I personally prefer a flat foot position for that variation as opposed to the relevé presented here. I think I've heard Rachel refer to this as the "shutting the car door" hip movement. That's a nice visual!
Hope that helps, and keep up the excellent work, guys!!!
I love the way you explain this challenging shimmy. I do have a question, Ashley and I work every Wednesday so have not been able to make it to the "professor is in" on Facebook.
I first tried to learn this last year with a beginner DVD on the 3/4 shimmy. She explained the 3/4 shimmy as "swing-up-down" or "out-up-down". The shimmy you teach us is even "up-down-up". I am wondering if this is a different type of shimmy- like the knee shimmy vs hip shimmy using glutes or obliques or a different style? Thanks so much. I am loving your classes so much. This years goal is to stop hitting pause, when I am tired, but just slow down a bit, but keep going and learn to push through.
Couldnt make it through all of this class, going to take me a while to get the strength up in my hips, the beginning floor exercise made me realise just how much work i have to do since having children... But i am up for it and plan to do that segment every morning now to build up the strength in my hips :)
Thanks for the workshop its great! Will be a good test to see when i can get through it!
Hard work, this one, but I'm starting to see improved articulation in my hips. Many thanks Ashley!
Really works the hips and shimmies!!
Just did my first class with Ashley López, this killer 3/4 shimmy workshop. So excited, love the format. Thank you so much!
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Great stuff! Shimmied yesterday til it hurt!
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