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    Thumbs up Getting back into oriental dance

    Hi there fellow dancers

    This is a wonderful forum! I haven't danced for almost a year, so now when I attempt it, the right side of me especially is very stiff. I can still do the shimmies, mayas, camels... but of poor quality.

    In your opinion, after a long break do you have to start all over again, or are there some exercises to get you quickly back on track?

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    Ho Meziena,

    I am sure you will be shimming in no time!!!!

    If I have a break from dancing, my body feels the same too!!!! As long as you don't have any injuries, with stretching excercises like yoga, you will be back on the bellydancing pedestal. Massage also helps to relax muscles. Practise everyday!!!!

    If there is no pain and discomfort involved when you are dancing, it is all about re-conditioning your body. If you suspect you may have problem, seek direct professional help is better than taking suggestion from others.

    Happy dancing

    Janaki

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meziena View Post
    after a long break do you have to start all over again, or are there some exercises to get you quickly back on track?

    start with the basics -- drill the basics. you'll find your range of motion and comfort with the movements will come back surprisingly quickly.

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    I have been unable to dance for about 2 weeks due to my job, illness and classes so first thing I did last night was to pop on a basics DVD just to work on the stiffness and make sure I still had it. <grins> It won't be long before you actually are back in the groove, just don't push too hard and too fast. You want your body to return to its natural flexibility without injuring yourself. Have fun.

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    Thanks for your help, I think shimmies are a good place to start! I'd forgotten how just fun it is

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