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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Aziyade, ever considered teaching a class on teaching to teachers?
    She's da bomb ain't she

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziyade View Post
    If, however, you want to have nice clean and sharp shimmies, 3/4 shimmies, drops, whatever -- do yourself a favor and buy a metronome. A cheap one is like $4.99 and it's WELL worth it. Get out the metronome, wind it up, and set it for a low speed. Like, a boring death crawl speed, okay? Seriously. Practice the movement for maybe 1-3 minutes -- whatever you need. Does it look sloppy? Stay at that speed and continue practicing through the week/month. Once you get it where it looks nice and clean -- then and only then should you click the metronome up a notch (just one!) and practice at that speed.
    Aziyade, you're a legend, such a simple idea that it's ingenious!

    I've been trying to sort out the sloppy mess that is my shimmy. I initially learnt to shimmy the "just shake everything really fast" method and have since been struggling to unlearn and learn the correct/controlled way. So I took your advice and (being the cheap cybergeek that I am) downloaded a metronome programme off the internet. Only this one has an "accelerator" built in so you can speed it up however many bpm you want after however many bars you want. So for example after 4 bars of 4 beats, tempo will increase. Been having a go "shimmying" real slow and speeding it up every day. I wouldn't say I have a full speed shimmy yet but I can see it coming and I've got CONTROL, yay!!!!

    So wanted to say thank you for the inspirational idea! Shimmy queen in the making!

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    OOOH! OOOH! Aziyade is a genius, da bomb and all sorts of stuff. My husband is a musician, so of course we have a metronome. It will accompany me to my next dance class where I struggle to get my students to SLOOOOOOW DOOOOOOWN. Lord, you'd think they all were ADD the way they get going sometimes.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    What a fantastic thread! I'm definitely going to practice a few of Aziyade suggestions/tips. I'm working on improving my technique atm and I think the metronome idea will really help - thanks!

    Lisa

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    Awwwwww .... you all are so sweet Please, if any of this works for you, please feel free to share it with others or your students.

    I love to talk about this dance almost as much as I love doing it! (If that wasn't obvious from these overly loooooooong posts.)

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    I've been having quite a time getting some of my beginners to learn hip lifts and drops by using the proper muscles instead of generating movement with their knees. Last night, I had everyone grab hold of the barre and lift one foot off the ground. Then I had them lift and drop the hip on the side of the raised foot. There were some AH-HA! moments and when we returned to both feet on the ground, everyone did quite resepctable lifts and drops. I don't know why I didn't think of this years ago. At last that stupid barre served a purpose beyond blocking everyone's view. Fortunately, the new mirrors are sans barre.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    Ten years and a few days later...

    Student here - I just wanted to say thank you for this incredibly helpful thread!

    I think I may have started off relatively well in my first classes a few years back... then I feel like something happened over one of my longer breaks (my first musculoskeletal injury, aww... large contributor to an overall ~70 pounds of body mass gain in about a year) that had my body override several habits which may have otherwise had a chance to be built properly, starting with a new, slightly off-centered posture just to favour the legs as main driving force at the ready... Of course my core didn't feel much like dealing with the new "coordinates" of the body. Now I'm lurking in this subforum with an extra, "troubleshooting" eye, starting as close to the beginning as I can...
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    I'm grateful to you and the other newcomers for resurrecting some of these old threads. So much good advice and so many memories of good people.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    Thank you, Shanazel, I had hesitated a bit (in fact I actually slept on it, having read through the first - last? - 6 pages of threads in the subforum yesterday). I ended up bookmarking a lot of threads and printing out several posts (complete with authors' names) that I felt would be essential to my "rehabilitation". I am considering making them into a poster to put by my practice mirror...

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    Independent study???? You, my dear, are the sort of student most of us long to find in class.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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