In Jamila Salimpour terminology, the Samiha is basically the same thing as the Bedouin shimmy.
It's sort of a 3/4 shimmy, but in 4/4 time. It goes something like this:
Right hip goes DOWN (count one) , then you pause for one count (count two).
Then the right hip goes up (count three) and down again (count four).
Then the left hip does a 3/4 shimmy -- down up down.
BUT -- you twist the right hip forward on the first count. Think about "hoisting" your hip up and over.
What makes this a Bedouin movement is the pause on count 2, which gives more visual "weight" to the first down of the hip.
Now, Jamila only ever taught this movement with the down and pause on the RIGHT hip, and I've only ever seen it done in Bedouin dance on th right hip, but you could certainly also do it on the left hip, alternating.
The "Hagallah" shimmy is from the Bedouin Hajala dance, which is actually pretty much a men's dance, but Reda Troupe did it as a women's dance.
Basically, it's a Samiha, with a pause on BOTH sides. So your right hip would go down-pause-up-down, then the left hip would go Down-pause-up-down. One variation is to keep the back (non-working) leg straight when the other hip is doing the work.
This is an authentic ethnic dance step and comes from the Bedouin dance tradition, from North Africa and the northern desert peoples. There is a fairly decent dvd produced by Hossam and Serena Ramzy on tradition Bedouin dance, and she teaches the "Hajala" on this dvd.
Keep in mind the actual ethnic "Hajala" looks different from the cabaret/tribal "Hagallah." But the root is the same.
Jamila Salimpour was fond of naming steps after the dancer she first saw doing the movement, and this supposedly was named after a dancer called "Samiha" (although not Samia Gamal) much like the "Maya" was named after dancer Maya Meduar. Her terminology was picked up by many other teachers throughout the US.
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