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    Default Shimmying + Walking

    How? Just how?! I am just getting my basic shimmy down, and although I am concentrating on that whole heartedly, I really cannot grasp how dancers shimmy and walk at the same time. I know I am getting ahead of myself, but I am so curious I plan to ask my teacher about it, but any words of wisdom on this would be greatly appreciated
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    I still have trouble with this one, too, PinkSugar. I don't see how one can vibrate one's legs/knees and walk at the same time. Hopefully Shira, Kashmir, or one of the other many more experienced dancers will drop in to answer your question soon.

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    Regular shimmies use either hamstrings, gluteus or knees (which I don't like, and I don't do it) but when you shimmies and walks, you need shimmy by your hips. Using your muscle around waist to wobble your hips. When you use your waist or hip, your legs are free, so you can moving around. I know it's sounds strange but what that my teacher Tarik teachs us. If you are not used to it, it's hard, and hard to move your waist muscle up and down to wobble, but eventually you can do it. Maybe other people do other way too, but this is what I know.

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    Shimmying and walking involves learning to transfer your weight to one leg while continuing to shimmy. It's the oblique abdominal muscles that do this, so you use this rather than knee or hips to drive the shimmy. You start to do this slowly then pick the speed of the shimmy up. It's easier to do if you practice first to transfer your weight from both legs equally then to one leg then back and forth from either leg, then move to carry on shimmying while lifting the nonsupporting leg off the floor and so on until you can walk!
    There are several different types of walking shimmy too, although all of them involve using the obliques, but each one is slightly different - such as the upward 3/4, downward 3/4, continuous up and continuous down shimmy!!
    I'd suggest waiting to learn how to do this until your teacher thinks you're ready to do it, because it's important to learn to do this correctly or you can end up with some strange postures while you do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farasha Hanem View Post
    I still have trouble with this one, too, PinkSugar. I don't see how one can vibrate one's legs/knees and walk at the same time. Hopefully Shira, Kashmir, or one of the other many more experienced dancers will drop in to answer your question soon.
    I hear that!

    I am reading what the other ladies have posted now. It seems so complex. I feel like I need a degree in Rocket Science to pull this off. lolol

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    Quote Originally Posted by adiemus View Post
    It's the oblique abdominal muscles that do this, so you use this rather than knee or hips to drive the shimmy.
    Thank you! I couldn't find the word "oblique abdominal muscles" (becaues English is not my first language) Yes, I mean waist is "oblique abdominal muscles" and that Tarik said too. Just I couldn't find the word.

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    Okay, so let me see if I got this right. You're not actually moving your knees back and forth at all when you shimmy and walk?

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    That's right! Here's one way to think of it. Stand on one leg, the try to do a hip lift with the hip of the nonsupporting leg - this is the movement you're actually doing. And at the same time you're walking as you would normally - so you're transferring your weight in the same way as you do when you walk, but the shimmy part is being driven by your obliques.

    You can't really use your knees when you shimmy walk because it looks really weird! and you end up being unable to walk!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkSugar View Post
    How? Just how?! I am just getting my basic shimmy down, and although I am concentrating on that whole heartedly, I really cannot grasp how dancers shimmy and walk at the same time. I know I am getting ahead of myself, but I am so curious I plan to ask my teacher about it, but any words of wisdom on this would be greatly appreciated
    It isn't rocket science, and the secret is revealed in just 3 words: Practice, practice, practice.. .

    To walk with the shimmy, there is a 3 step rocket where each step must be mastered until you continue:
    First: Practice your ordinary shimmies on both feet.
    Second: Practice shimmies on one foot (both the one you are standing on and the other)
    Third: Practice changing weight while shimmying and then walking with the shimmy.

    And remember: There are several different kinds of shimmies out there, so don't be afraid if you get confused.
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    Default it's all about switching body weight!

    basically you need to practice getting the shimmy going while you are switching body weight from one side to the other.
    your shimmy shouldn't be affected.
    but essentially that enables you to free one leg from your body weight so that you can make a step and then switch body weight again and step...

    hope this helps


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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkSugar View Post
    How? Just how?! I am just getting my basic shimmy down, and although I am concentrating on that whole heartedly, I really cannot grasp how dancers shimmy and walk at the same time. I know I am getting ahead of myself, but I am so curious I plan to ask my teacher about it, but any words of wisdom on this would be greatly appreciated
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