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AMANDANCES's Photo AMANDANCES Posts: 2,052
11/6/07 2:24 P

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Hey Stacia - I tried your choo-choo with umi and it's cute!! Thanks!

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11/6/07 1:59 P

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Sounds like you need to teach your body to seperate the top from the bottom. Start by shimmying with the chest/hips in the various positions. That way your body will have an "Ah-Ha!" moment when you link them together. The more positions you practice with your shimmies the more you can do with them.

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10/19/07 2:37 P

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I think that doing a choo choo shimmy with an umi is common, or at least, doable and looks nice. So you do choo choos, take it around in an umi, and even take that around turning in a circle.

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AMANDANCES's Photo AMANDANCES Posts: 2,052
10/19/07 2:01 P

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The short answer?
Practice ;)

The longer answer:

Layering hip shimmies or shoulder shimmies with any movement is best started slowly. Be sure you REALLY have the movement down that you want to layer with. Then start very slowly. Build up to faster shimmy once you have the control over both movements.

If you're having trouble layering hip shimmies with upper body movements, really focus on separating the two "halves" of your body. From the waist down, you should be really grounded and heavy. From the waist up, you're light as a feather and pulling up towards the sky.

The tension between the bottom half pulling down and the top half pulling up will help you separate the two halves and allow you to do one thing on the bottom while doing something else with the top.

For the record, I'm not sure why you would really want to do shimmies over an umi -- you're talking about the little pelvic circle, borrowed from Tahitian dance, right? That's a small tightly controlled movement and I can't see how adding a hip shimmy to it would do anything more than blur it. Unless you're talking about adding a SHOULDER shimmy, and in that case, the above advice applies. :)

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10/19/07 1:52 P

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How the heck do you keep up you shimmies while doing ami's or chest circles? Unless I'm standing in a stationary position and not doing anything else, I can't keep up the shimmy! suggestions?

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