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    hi cassiopeia, i didnt know if you were the same one as from bellyrolls.com.

    glad you're on this forum now.

    i'm working my shimmies off your video's. i wish there was a 5 minute shimmy drill. but i play the rocker shimmy clip over and over to get at least 5 minutes of practice. i get confused still with all the different shimmies. i think i try to hard.

    and that 7 minute drum solo, is that for beginners? it looks very challenging.

    i actually just purchased a mirror today so now hopefully i will have better luck with that choreography of yours that i'm working on.

    well i'll spare you the babble. i'm just glad to talk to you because i think you offer a great service to many aspiring bellydancers. plus i've seen clips of your performances and your very good, you make it look relaxed and easy.

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    Hello Charity,

    Yes, the drum solo drill is for not only beginners but for my more advanced students also. Depending on what level you are, dictates how complicated the moves are.

    The drill is to get you used to moving to the sound of the drum, not memorizing the moves. Beginners start with teks (lift) doms (drop), repeat 3 more times alternating sides, add long controlled shimmies occassionally.

    I'll work on posting a 5 minute shimmy....

    Have a great day,
    Cassiopeia

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    Still having trouble in layering shimmies~~~
    It seems that when I add some movement over shimmy, the shimmy stops~~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by milky View Post
    Still having trouble in layering shimmies~~~
    It seems that when I add some movement over shimmy, the shimmy stops~~~

    This is a normal complaint. You just need to train your body to shimmy while you are doing anything. First thing is to shimmy at every opportunity. Shimmy while you are washing dishes, waiting for the pot to boil, making copies, talking on the phone, brushing your teeth... I've even 3/4 shimmied my way down the grocery store isles.

    Then try moving your hands while shimmying. Move them all around as if you are dancing. When you are able to move your hands, move your shoulders by doing shoulder rolls and slides. Then your chest, working your way down to your hips.

    Have a great day,
    Cassiopeia

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassiopeia View Post
    This is a normal complaint. You just need to train your body to shimmy while you are doing anything. First thing is to shimmy at every opportunity. Shimmy while you are washing dishes, waiting for the pot to boil, making copies, talking on the phone, brushing your teeth... I've even 3/4 shimmied my way down the grocery store isles.

    Then try moving your hands while shimmying. Move them all around as if you are dancing. When you are able to move your hands, move your shoulders by doing shoulder rolls and slides. Then your chest, working your way down to your hips.

    Have a great day,
    Cassiopeia
    Thankyou Cassiopeia! I was wondering the same thing myself about my shimmies. You are a great help.

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    at this point i've decided to abandon the shimmy and not work ahead of my class. instead i'm working now on layered steps such as walking with a camel, or lower undulation, walking with a hinge circle, and then incorporating hands and arms.

    i just outlined my new practice schedule last night. perhaps once a week, i will throw in some shimmy practice. i'll have to see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassiopeia View Post
    This is a normal complaint. You just need to train your body to shimmy while you are doing anything. First thing is to shimmy at every opportunity. Shimmy while you are washing dishes, waiting for the pot to boil, making copies, talking on the phone, brushing your teeth... I've even 3/4 shimmied my way down the grocery store isles.

    Then try moving your hands while shimmying. Move them all around as if you are dancing. When you are able to move your hands, move your shoulders by doing shoulder rolls and slides. Then your chest, working your way down to your hips.

    Have a great day,
    Cassiopeia
    Thank u very much,Cassiopeia. I just can't wait to do such practice~~~
    But--'I've even 3/4 shimmied my way down the grocery store isles.'... I'll definitely get cold feet when doing so in public~~~

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    Myshimmies don't always go smoothly.It seems as if there's a balanced point... And ervertime when I find that point, I do shimmies very comfortable...But the problem is...sometime I can't find such point at the start of my shimmies~~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by milky View Post
    Myshimmies don't always go smoothly.It seems as if there's a balanced point... And ervertime when I find that point, I do shimmies very comfortable...But the problem is...sometime I can't find such point at the start of my shimmies~~~
    I'm having this problem also... I can only do it after practicing shimmies for 5 - 10 mins first. One of my dance instructors told me to practice on the floor though as it teaches your legs how to shimmy. Just bouncing legs simultaniously starting slowly then faster until you are shimmying with your legs. It works well with shoulder shimmies as well as your spine stays straighter.

    well, just a thought anyway. Maybe it will help!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Siren View Post
    I'm having this problem also... I can only do it after practicing shimmies for 5 - 10 mins first. One of my dance instructors told me to practice on the floor though as it teaches your legs how to shimmy. Just bouncing legs simultaniously starting slowly then faster until you are shimmying with your legs. It works well with shoulder shimmies as well as your spine stays straighter.

    well, just a thought anyway. Maybe it will help!

    Boucing legs simultaneous? Sounds a little bit strange... But...wanna have a try since it does good to doing shimmy~~~
    Thank u for ur advice,Siren.

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