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3/23/12 1:28 P

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I'm actually doin much better thanx. I had to look in the mirror while doing them but my hip extension is pretty low. so I"ll either stick with it or just appreciate my more subtle hip slide. thanx.

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3/23/12 10:16 A

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My teachers always talked about muscle memory - I suspect your muscle memory thinks you want your hips to go up. The way to change is to teach your muscles something new.

I'm thinking this would be good for me to relearn and do - thanks for sparking the thought!

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3/19/12 3:04 P

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okay thanx. I think I'm gonna start by pratcising 100 belly pops a day and 100 hip slides. I have to do it in a mirror before I can "feel" it w/o letting it go. my hip slides are much MUCH shorter than they used to be. thank you soooo much.

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3/19/12 1:23 P

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This is a common problem, with a relatively easy fix :)

Remember you are looking for a completely horizontal movement of the pelvis. What's happening to you is that your range of motion in your waist and side muscles has decreased, and when you get to the end of that range, those muscles are not stretching enough to allow you to slide the hips completely horizontally.

Think of your hip bones (the points that stick out, or the tips of the iliac crests) stretching DOWN when you get close to the end of your range. This will activate the obliques on the side you are reaching towards, and you will feel tension in the waist. Actively focus on stretching DOWN when you get to the side and you will increase your range of motion, give yourself a nice oblique workout, AND be able to slide the hips horizontally with no vertical movement. :)

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3/18/12 2:45 P

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head slides - no problem

hips slides - ithink its straight, maybe its my hips or how my hips are shaped or idk, BUT the top of my hip keeps coming up at the end. arghhhhhhhhhhh. back to the mirror. thanx.

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3/18/12 5:42 A

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my bellydance teacher taught us that you make the movement as if you shut the door with your hips. Also you can stand in front of a mirror and put your hands on your hips. Then you try the movement and just keep thinking: down down. You can always give your hip a little extra push down at the end(perhaps start by dropping your knee a bit on the side where you are heading). But shutting the (car) door with your hips does the trick :)

That is also the way to learn to do a side to side with your head... just visualise that you are eavesdropping someone behind your hand and then on the other side as well...
I hope I make sense :)

good luck!!!!

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3/17/12 6:49 P

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I quit dancing after getting married (9 years ago almost). I started dancing improv at home every once in a while around 6 years ago and around 3 years ago started doing belly dance dvds but didn't get really serious about it until last year. I just recently started doing classes.

i can't do hip slides any more. I have to relearn them over again. any ideas. I think I'm going side to side . . . . but the hips go up. ideas please?

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