Level One: Figure 8 Unit, Class 4
Great Job! Remember, to be patient with yourself, the 3/4 shimmy is a challenging move. Keep your chasse steps small, and try to keep your head on one level for it and the hagalla/3/4 shimmy. With all of these moves, the more you practice them eventually they become part of your "muscle memory" (procedural memory) and you get to a point where you can dance without thinking. (We go into detail about the technique in class so that when you get to that point, your body moves in ways that are safe for your spine and joints ^_~)
This week, here are some extra clips, just for the 3/4 shimmy. They are different examples of ways it is done in different folkloric dances.
Hagalla is a dance from the desert area by Lybia. This is a version that is stylized for a stage performance.
Countryside dancers from Upper (Southern) Egypt. The Banat Mazin are a famous family of entertainers.
Remember when I said “If I can learn it, you can learn it”? Here’s a blog about how bellydance can help us overcome our perceived limitations. Improvisation is especially helpful in this regard. There is a saying that "A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings."
Thanks to being culturally taboo to publicly perform, bellydancers get to exercise their sass.
You can also use bellydance to show strength in a creative (as opposed to violent or destructive) way.
Softness doesn’t preclude either of those traits, and bellydance is a medium that lends its self well to the balance of all these aspects of your selves. It’s also a great way to practice having faith in yourself, and trusting that even if things go wrong you can go with the flow and make it work.