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I am a member of a fairly large gym (council one tho). There are 2 of the small sized swiss balls and maybe 10-15 women in the gym when I go. Some silly bitch decided one was 'hers' and 'she was using it' when she blatently wasn't she was doing other stuff in the weights room with the ball the other side of the room, but guarded by her bottle of water and security wrist band she wasn't wearing (probably its too uncool). If I manage to get my hands on one, I politely do all my excercises that require the ball all in a row so I can then let someone else have it, rather than jelously guard it while I do all my excercises in the exact order on the programme i have been given. GAH


But, it occured to me while I was there . .i DO have easy access to a room with wall to wall mirrors - the weights room!!! There were only a few people in there so I wasn't stopping anyone who wanted to actually do weights. I still felt uncomfortable . . I hate those people that make a big exhibition about being bellydancers in their real life, with complete strangers, seemingly to make themselves seem exotic and interesting (and usually in these cases a little but naughty, yawn) and compensate for lack of a personality. I didn't want to look like one of those . . don't want to make an exhibition of myself (stage/dance class is a different kettle of fish). But I really wanted to run though the arms for my hafla piece for saturday in front of mirrors where I could actually see BOTH ARMS AT THE SAME TIME!!! I only did the arms though. I think it would be less embarrasing if I actually looked like what people expect a dancer to look like in gym clothes. Tall and willowy I ain't.
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Also, shimmy technique has come up on bhuz again. Discussions on shimmy technique always make me feel like such a fraud.


I’ve been complemented (even by JudyH/Sohier/whoever) on mine, they do often rock and I can layer pretty much anything.



One chicklet in Bedfordshire, simple said ‘er . .you shimmy a lot’ um . .ok, have you actually seen any egyptian dancers? Said chicklet then confused Randa and Dina with each other so I kind of dismissed her opinion!!



Anyway, back on topic, I have no idea what type they are or whether me knees are at 170 degrees or 160 etc. I’m pretty sure they are thigh driven, but aren’t most types of ‘normal’ shimmy, when you come down to it, whether bent or straight knees? I can make mine big or small, hip level or full body, but I don’t really consciously think about it. The music makes me want to shimmy a certain way and I just instinctively do whatever I need to. One reason while I’ll never teach a shimmy workshop . . . .



I think back in the old days (98-99) I was probably taught knee driven, or at least to think of knees, probably with bent legs. At some point due to Khaled and Dina love I moved onto more muscle driven ones and found these much better suited. But I think I’ve moved on again since my natural shimmy as tiny and tight and fast. I have no idea what mine are now! Anyone seen my youtube clips can tell me?!!!

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