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    I thought "reverse Mayas" were called omi's (umi's)? o.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farasha Hanem View Post
    I thought "reverse Mayas" were called omi's (umi's)? o.0
    Omis are the (tilting) pelvic circle, iirc.


    I can't remember what moves I've struggeled the most with, probably some of the more extreme poses that look great on stage and on photos, but are very hard to do if you aren't strong og agile enough. Also, dancing with nice arms and hands have been a returning issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ndimi View Post
    Shanazel, I've spent the last three classes trying to teach my ladies the reverse undulation. One them does it in such a way that it looks like she's about to throw up. I reckon anyone in the audience will suddenly push themselves backwards to get away from the mess! If I slow her right down to doing one move at a time, we're good, but as soon as we go to tempo, she loses the "sit" and just does an "upchuck"!
    I remember going through the puking effect stage. Not pretty, but as that was one of the descriptions my teacher used when trying to get the concept across (oh the veiled exotic mysticism of the belly dance class), I figured I must be on the right track so carried on regardless, and it got better. Like anything new, it takes time, and bodies learn at their own pace.

    I've never been confident with shimmies, especially straight leg ones these days thanks to a misbehaving knee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aniseteph View Post
    ...oh the veiled exotic mysticism of the belly dance class...
    The glamour, the glitz, the "frank descriptions"!!

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    Yeah. I've even heard rumors that some dancers (ahem) sweat.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aniseteph View Post
    I've never been confident with shimmies, especially straight leg ones these days thanks to a misbehaving knee.
    My knee is shot! I've been astounded by how much it has affected my dancing. I can feel my thigh muscles contract, which pulls on the knee, which hurts like a beach. My shimmies and anything that involves a bent knee have become rather stilted. And I have a student showcase in three weeks, that I'm supposed to be doing a solo for, so it's not going to get a rest any time soon. Sigh...

    You're not alone, Aniseteph. What did you do to yours?

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    Reverse maias are another of my weak points. Gosh! I suddenly feel so under confident!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swirlicious View Post
    Reverse maias are another of my weak points. Gosh! I suddenly feel so under confident!
    There isn't a dancer on the planet who doesn't have weak points - if they say otherwise, they're "full of it". Knowing what your weak points are is 3/4ths the way to a solution.

    What's your problem with reverse Maias? Same as mine (Twist) or different? How are your regular Maias?

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    I've heard them called "reverse Maias", "upward Maias", "upward hip figure-8s", and even "taxim" (Tribal).

    My teacher just calls them "up 8s."
    Last edited by Jeanne; 06-07-2017 at 11:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorba View Post
    Its what my teachers in Cali called the movement. I've heard others. Probably a Jamila-ism.
    My old troupe and instructors that I originally learned from (not in Cali, although that's where I've ended up) used the term "goosh step." It involved an upward figure 8, but that was combined with a sideways "Arabic 2" (flat-ball-ball-ball). So you'd get the "gooshing" effect of walking sideways with that slinky up-and-down hip flavor. And yes, I think that term did come from the old-time Jamila terminology.

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