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    Ohhh, i'ts Asi Haskal. His costumes designs are incredible. He designs all of Orit's costumes.
    I'm not very good at explaining moves online (as Sedonia knows ) but, I do this step with one foot flat and the other one on the ball. If I want to move to the left I keep the left foot flat and my RIGHT foot is on the ball. This allows me to push away with the right foot and lift the hip as I move towards the left. I keep my weight always on my flat foot except when that flat foot is actually taking a step towards the side. At that point my weight is momentarily on my right foot but quickly returns to my flat foot as soon as it's set down on the floor again.
    So, as you step to the left you momentarily shift your weight to the right ball of your foot and simultaneously push away with you right foot, which will cause your hip to lift, this then allows you to drop it again as you bring your feet together. I bend both legs slightly as my hip drops and the feet come together, it seems to make the drop a bit lower, but you don't have to.
    Don't know if I made that any clearer or if I only confused you more.

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    If you watch this clip on youtube (the timer gets reversed on here) Farida Fahmy is doing the "duck step" at 41 seconds. OK, it's at -3.41 on here. There are variations with a slightly bent leading leg, a twist, a shimmy on the leading leg or the back leg...
    Last edited by Suheir; 11-04-2007 at 03:15 PM.

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    That is what I teach as a hip push. The footwork is step side-together-side-together. The leading hip goes DOWN as you step, that knee is slightly bent to allow for this. The other foot can be either flat or ball, and the trailing hip goes up as the leading hip goes down (that knee is usually in it's neutral -soft- position throughout). I usually do this with a shimmy on top also.

    It can be done travelling forward, but I learned that variation ages ago as a Samiha - it's a traveling variation of a 3/4 shimmy on the down, or at least that's how I mentally categorize it.

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    Thanks for this - you're right, it's incredibly difficult to describe in words what the movement is!! I think I'm doing it right only when my teacher sees it she tells me I've got it back to front. I'm going to use video at my next class and record her, then play it s - l - o - w - l - y to break it down. I did like the Asi Haskal clip, it breaks it down well - but of course I do need to make sure that's the step!!!!!!
    There are times when my body and my brain are discombobulated...

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    I feel pretty sure its' this step - but after Thursday night I'll post a video of my teacher and try and analyse it so I can do it too!!

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    Did your teacher learn these steps from Dr. Mo Geddawi? He's the only one I know who uses the "batta" and "contra-batta" terminology. The difference between the two is the way the weight is shifted.

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    Yup, she's a long time student of him!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamrahennatx View Post
    It can be done travelling forward, but I learned that variation ages ago as a Samiha - it's a traveling variation of a 3/4 shimmy on the down, or at least that's how I mentally categorize it.
    Oh...my...gawsh...

    NOW it hits me. I had learned Samiha from Suhaila, and she travelled it forward. I'd always heard SOMEBODY refer to the sideways version as a "sharp goosh step" which makes no sense. But it IS a Samiha, same everything, just going to the side.

    Where's the smiley for the light-bulb suddenly going on? Wild.

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    What;s this song, BTW? I know I have it.

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