I personally love the effect of fire or candles doing free style through the audience as it's a nice chance to show off your technique up close and fire does bring the wow factor. If you do have the benefit of a big stage or center dance area I love starting or ending with choreography though just to bring it all together, if you have a short song you could even consider just having a planned ending pose that makes it look more polished.
This is just a few clips from a show last weekend. The choreo bit is what we did for the beginning and ending of the song and improv (not filmed) was inbetween. Fire we did all improv (short clip at the end) although we do have a full choreographed fire dance for stage shows where we don't move between the audience at all which gives a very different effect.
Every show presents new challenges and new opportunities which is what keeps the dance so fresh.
We performed at a beautiful Indian pre-wedding function at the Image and Lifestyle Wedding and Function Venue and we opened with our brand new Shamidan and Candle Tray Belly Dance number before kicking into our uptempo Bollywood routines.
This along with fire has been a very popular entrance option for the bride or the groom and makes for a stunning first impression. Lots more lined up this month!
By Ava, a stunning teacher I look forward to learning more from!
1. There is a definite difference between our postural alignment for a thigh shimmy and a hip shimmy
2. The thigh shimmy movement moves the shimmy from side-side, creating the shimmy effect - it is not done by wobbling the bum
3. The hip shimmy movement moves the shimmy up-down-up-down, we work from a slightly more tilted sacrum position, not a deep knee bend
without getting technical on the muscle work for the two shimmies (that's for the ART 1 students), let me explain as best possible, the leg actions for both shimmies:
Thigh shimmy - your checks
1. Proper body posture and alignment
2. Sacrum is tilted slightly (creating a natural softness in the knees)
3. Alternatively push the legs to the front (the knee will automatically push forward as well) keeping count and keeping a sow - medium tempo
4. The body is nice and relaxed, NO sharp/hard pushes and pulls. NO hyper extension of the leg when releasing to the back position.
5. Tip for smoothing out the shimmy - alternatively release the heels off the floor - only very slightly - this will teach your brain the coordination work of the movement, then, settle into the shimmy with flat feet, when the legs are stronger and you have more control over the leg work - I work with both approaches when I perform as it gives a very wide range of movement as well as the ability to transition very quickly from one positions to the next.
6. This shimmy is perfect for layers, variations, transitions, levels etc
Hip Shimmy - your checks
1. Proper body posture and alignment
2. Sacrum is tilted a little more (still creating a natural softness in the knees, without OVER bending) - if you feel tightness over your knees/around the knee area, you are working too deep!
3. Alternatively push the legs to the front, same as with the thigh shimmy (the knee will automatically push forward as well) keeping count and keeping a sow - medium tempo
4. The body is nice and relaxed, the hips work naturally up and down, without external/additional forcing - Again, NO sharp/hard pushes and pulls. Because of the deeper tilt in the sacrum, hyper extension of the leg when releasing to the back position is virtually impossible
5. The hip shimmy is never performed at ridiculous speeds, the beauty of this movement comes from the earthy, controlled and sustained action.
6. This shimmy is perfect for our Egyptian walks and their variations, Ghawazee shimmy, Bouree/choochoo shimmy etc
Happy shimmies ladies, and keep it simple, slow, and most importantly, keep the shimmy going!