Truth. It took me years to master shimmies, and the darn things still give me problems at unexpected times. Heck, they give me problems at EXPECTED times too! It sounds like your teacher wants you to use the obliques to drive your shimmy - which is my preferred technique "most" of the time. Your knees will still "go along for the ride" and flex in and out, but the driving power isn't from there. Oh, and make sure you're not completely straightening your knees at any time with your shimmy, regardless of what's driving it. You'll lose the shimmy for sure, and it *can* cause knee injury (if you're completely straightening the knees).
Thank you for your response,
What do you mean by shifting your weight back and force ? Like go ahead go behind, ?but isnt supposed to be on the other axe way side ?
Also, if i do little move of the knees my hips moves a little in term of going up, but if i moves more my knees, bend them more my hips side goes a lot more high, i don't know which one is good ?
Thank you !
Just to be clear, though, there is NOTHING wrong with using your knees to create a shimmy. It's a perfectly valid technique. In fact, in my experience, it's the one that most of my teachers have favoured.
It's just that there are other ways to create a shimmy, and each one has a slightly different quality.
For *ME*, the knee driven shimmy is the hardest to do. Yea, its easy enough to teach, but to this day I have problems tightening up and losing it. Its only recently that I've discovered the oblique driven shimmy that not only do I not lose it, it is far more versatile as Shanazel points out. I wish someone had taught it to me years ago - or at least mentioned it - as I would have learned to walk with a 4/4 shimmy at least 10 years ago!Nothing wrong with knowing how to do a knee-driven shimmy. The problem comes if knee-driven style is the only shimmy a dancer is capable of. I suspect many teachers favor it because it is the easiest shimmy to teach. I didn't teach it because the shimmies that extend from one's core are more versatile and leave one's legs free to travel.
I can understand why that would be, because ballet is all about tightening your muscles to initiate a movement. I remember when I moved from ballet to jazz ballet, it was a revelation to discover that I could initiate movement by relaxing some muscles. It's hard to explain, sort of "relaxing with control". It's where earthy, juicy movements come from. Jazz ballet has it, belly dance takes it to the next degree.One of my students was a retired professional ballerina who now teaches dance classes at the rec center. She once told me that belly dance was the hardest thing she'd ever done- and she's no one dance style girl, either.