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    Default Shoulder Shimmies

    I really need some advice on how to perfect shoulder shimmes. So far this has been one of the hardest things for me to learn, I just can't seem to get them fast enough no matter how much I drill them.

    Is there anything I can do to help learn this move? or is it simply just a case of practice?

    Thankyou

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    Practice - every time you are on your own just a quick burst. You will then need to practice them whilst walking, tilting and level changes. I was sure I hadn't got it - until the day I realied I had just shimmied up a flight of stairs with a cup of tea in my previously shkiest hand. If your hands shake, I recommend holding a glass of water - not tea just in case!!!

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    i normally ask my students to speed it up, do it as long as they are relaxed with the shimmy, and slow down when they start to feel stuck, then speed up again... just relax and don't focus too much on which muscle you are using.

    i think the tip above, holding water glasses on two hands, is a good idea and i will also try it in the class *_*

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    what is realy important is that you relax the trapezius muscle...the one in your neck going to your sholder....so your sholders are able to work alone...if your sholders are ,,stuck,, to your body it is not working.....so realy concentrate that you relax that muscle group

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    I try not to focus on doing them when I want to speed it up. Personally when I don't focus on it fully I can produce a faster shoulder shimmy. However I think it is due to myself concentrating so much that I actually contract my muscles and in doing so they can't shimmy properly.

    Also I've been working on those for 2 years now and am just starting to perfect my fast shimmy. It can take a lot of time practicing before it gets good.
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    Hi !!
    First of all there are many ways of doing shimmy shoulder.

    a) only with shoulders, this is used more into greek chifteteli bellydance style.
    You focuse on your shoulders, kind of make them "show off" and you can start slow by slow, till you get the speed needed.
    We use it in Greece many times, but not so much continuisly.

    b) involving also the blades of the upper back (grrr my english cant express it better lol).
    Start relaxed as Lydia mentioned, and speed up.

    c) the sharp ones
    more like an accent but you need to have the flexibility to do it, and you have a warm-up before, as there is the risk of injury.

    It just needs practice and you will get it.

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    The important thing is to make sure you move just your shoulders - there will be some inevitable boobie movement but keep your hands as much in place as you can. Try standing in front of a wall and putting your hands on the wall so they can't move when your shoulders do. With your hands on the steering wheel at traffic lights/jams is another good one (but try not to do it when there's a lorry pulled up alongside you with a bird's eye view!) If you stay relaxed it will come with practice.

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    Default At least two versions

    I teach shoulder shimmies as moving the shoulders - with hands and torso relatively still. For this you first need to be able to isolate the shoulders - forward and back. As Lydia said, it is important not to use the traps. When teaching I sometimes place my fingers between the shoulder blades to cue the student which muscles to use. Some teachers add pegs or similar to the bra to keep cueing.

    There is also a style of shoulder shimmy (which I tend to refer to as a chest or torso shimmy) which twists the torso forward and back. The style of this will vary depending on whereabouts on the spine you twist.

    No matter what style - practice and remember the faster, the smaller (usually). If you ride a motorbike you hands are well placed to practice while riding. To a lesser extent while driving a car. (Initially just practice when stationary to avoid accidents!) In class, I sometimes hand out canes so teh hands stay still.

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    Some great advice here thanks guys! I too find these REALLY difficult ... It's keeping your hips/bum still whilst doing them that I find hardest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by -MJ- View Post
    Some great advice here thanks guys! I too find these REALLY difficult ... It's keeping your hips/bum still whilst doing them that I find hardest!
    Try practicing seated then? I was doing it while reading this thread!

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