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    That is true Moon, more bending of the knees gives you a bit more space to move you r hips when doing a figure 8.

    My problem right now is shimmies. I have enough to shimmy so to speak so its easy to fake one, but I've been killing myself over the right technique of producing a proper 3/4/hipshimmy. I've been wanting to get it right for ages and have been practising my b*tt off, but I still seem to loose control over the hipmovements, can't get the 3/4 thing to work.
    My Egyptian shimmies are coming along nicely though.
    As for props right now my only enemy is veil: I can produce an "ok" looking veil piece and I can get the veil to flow nicely when I want it to, but don't start with me on double veil

    I'm more of a zills/cane type of person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DancerAU View Post
    I been trying to practice upward figure 8 too. My teacher told us to draw a BIG number 8 on a large piece of cardboard and stand it up in front of you and get your hips to follow the 8. It sounds easy but I know it isn't. I can't keep my feet down flat.
    Kathy
    We've learnt it differently! We started vertical 8's and Mayas with the heel coming off the ground, which makes it easy to learn to lift your hip up and in. But I've heard of teachers saying this is WRONG! I think the argument is that you could end up relying on your leg to push the hip up, rather than abdominal/torso muscles (don't know the anatomical names). You can't do a nice 8 just pushing with your legs (well, I can't). To get a nice smooth 8 you have to use the aforementioned muscles to pull the hip up and in (not forgetting to tuck in the tailbone ). Once the movement is coming from the hips you can take it up on the balls of your feet or down flat.

    Anyway if you are being told flat feet do it that way! I think Moon and Yshka are right, you need really soft knees to have the "space" to let the hip go up the outside of the 8. If you start with straightish legs, think about it; the hip can't go up without taking the heel up too, unless you have elastic legs...

    You'll get there soon

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    You make it sound easy. I'll see how I go

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    A while ago I saw, for the first time, a video of me dancing. I didn't look towards the audience nearly as much as I thought I had, and my fingers sometimes bent into "THE CLAW"!!! Arrrgh!! Frustrating to see. My wrists are not very flexible so when I get a nice bend on them, my fingers bend a little too, especially at performances when I'm nervous and there's a lot to think about. Also, I discovered to Hafla this sunday, that my feet apparently turn into jelly when I perform solo. Very bad for keeping the balance

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    I've changed my mind again as to what I'm weakest on: Now I'm convinced it's my arms. Being "well endowed" and having a desk job, I'm terribly stiff in my shoulders and upper back, which makes for less-than-elegant arms (when I remember to keep them in the right positon).

    Any tips? I deliberately choose the heavier veils in class so as to become stronger/better in my shoulders and upper back, but it's not working yet.....!

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    Turns! I once had bellydance lessons and we did turns, when i came home a feld really sick and a trowed up:s, i always do look at one point on the wall

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    one of my weaknesses is my back. its not that flexible so i have trouble doing back bends. i cant lean back that far. i need to work on that. also my balance aint great oh well practice practice practice!!!!

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    I think for me it depends on the speed of the move.
    If i know what i'm doing, then I dont have too much trouble but when we're doing follow the teacher and she's doing a fast unfamilier move, I struggle.

    Props are okay for me. But i'm still learning. Just started the cane actually

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    My biggest weakness to date... High Heel Shoes! I'm dreading seeing the video of my last performance. I rolled an ankle on the way onto the floor and spent the entire dance just trying to keep my balance on a wobbly ankle - it was a shocker! They are good shoes too, so I can't even pass the blame onto them

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    Apart from ballet pointe shoes and flats, i've never danced in shoes so i dont have that issue. Don't think I could if i tried

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