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    V.I.P. Kashmir's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenc View Post
    my Egyptian teacher (from Egypt) does them with raised feet but I think the scret is that they are not foot driven and the leg is soft
    Yes, that is what I have seen too.

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    I teach doing it the way I see it done in Egypt. The movement is done lifting the hip and sliding the weight to the other side. The heels comes along for the ride automatically. I do teach mayas flat footed because there's no reason to lift the heels. Unless you are doing them descending, in which case both heels are lifted and the feet are parallel as you descend, but the movement comes strictly from the muscles in the hips.

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    [QUOTE=Kashmir;101920]Same here.

    I'm wondering if in lifting your feet you can get more leverage on the lower back with the leg (rather than driving with the abs) so therefore may cause problems.

    Flat or lifted - I leave Mayas until people have good strong abs and automatic posture control (ie they engage their abs automatically whenever they need to to protect the lower back). Not a beginner move.[/QUOTE]

    I agree.It's more fluid to engage the abdominal muscles in both version, but it takes beginning students a while to figure that out. Both versions are valid as it depends on the music. One can travel and perform level changes by lfting the heels while flat footed is more stationary. The point is how it's being taught within the context of the overall dance.
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    I do both flat and ball. Any move is a potential risk if you don't have proper body alignment. I avoid noticeably pumping the feet up and down; it makes it look like you are riding an invisible bike.

    The primary movement is ab driven. The give in the soft knees and lifted heels is only to facilitate a larger range of motion not initiate movement.

    some muscles are initiators
    some muscles are minor players
    some movements are risidual
    and some muscles are the supporting cast
    it's never that simple anyway

    Here we go again!

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