Shimmy Galore

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Yesterday I filmed the first video of the New Year called “Shimmy Galore.” It has drills along with my own methodology compiled together for understanding how and why I do shimmies. About 3 or 4 times a month I have women writing me and asking about shimmies. It makes sense because when I started out belly dancing I had so many questions regarding how to shimmy that I was like the kid that kept asking, “Are we there yet?”

I remember back in my early days that whenever I saw any dancer who was able to do a shimmy, she was automatically placed in a heroine character called “Wonderwoman.”  For many years I worked on my shimmies and not until I understood that the muscle areas had to be felt did they start to make sense to me thus my shimmies started to be more noticeably wiggly and jiggly. It was a break through moment because shimmies are the definitive signature of a belly dancer; the ultimate difference between mortal women and dancers.

I simplified as much as possible and put the shimmies into three categories;

1. ¾ Shimmy

2. In place Shimmy

3. Layering Shimmy

The layering shimmy and ¾ shimmy actually have some traveling steps in them and turns so I decided not to add in traveling shimmies. Besides the drills I put in are enough so that you can work in walking and combos with your shimmies. I felt that the shimmies themselves need to be understood in a way that simplifies them and takes the mystery and confusion away. There are some shimmies that work best for restaurant rather than stage or nightclub. It just depends on a dancer’s perception and experiences with her audience. Too long a shimmy can take away from the proficiency of the shimmy itself. I remember at a restaurant in Ft. Worth a dancer who performed one full song only doing full body shimmies. The restaurant owner actually told me she was boring and he got up from his table and walked away. I had to agree with him and that night I learned that just because a move is hard doesn’t mean it can’t be over done.

So I’m excited and “oh my God”…… I feel it today!!!

Here’s a link to the Shimmy Galore Belly Dance DVD

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Lifelong professional Belly Dancer dedicated to providing "Belly Dance Instruction That Is Easy To Understand And Learn That Connects The Dots"


9 Responses to “Shimmy Galore”
  1. Belly Dance Husband says:

    Want to add to what Leyla said – this video/dvd is the first using a new Canon HD, wide screen camera. Though we didn’t shoot this in HD (the disk space requirements are horrendous) we will be migrating to HD more as storage costs come down. We also added a new studio, omni direction mic and lighting. So there is more depth to the music and the voice as well as overall improved quality from the better lighting.

  2. aflynn1a says:

    Yay!!!!! I am so excited for this!!! I can not wait to get this video to add to my library!!!!:)

    • Leyla Najma says:

      Hey there Allison………
      I edited it today……….I think if anything it will give dancers ideas on how to practice their shimmies.
      Hope so anyways……….it’s about 139 minutes long so I think it will help.



  3. aflynn1a says:

    Hey Leyla! Wow!! 139 minutes!!! That wil be some workout too!! I am sure it will help dancers with thier shimmies because it is coming from you!!! How is your book going?

    Lots of Hugs!!

    • Leyla Najma says:

      LoL………well it’s not 139 minutes of just dance…….I’m a blabber so you know I am talking too.
      Annndddd if it was just 139 minutes of dance I doubt I would be walking, talking a this point!

  4. Leslie says:

    Is Shimmy Galore out yet to rent or purchase??? Sounds Great!!!

    • Leyla Najma says:

      Hello Leslie…….welcome!

      Yes, Shimmies Galore is out now. Go to my website or email my hubby; [email protected]

      I may do a companion to Shimmies Galor since there are so many things to do with shimmies. But I think this one will make sense to dancers and of course I am here to answer any questions and to make sure you understand the class.

      Thanks so much for joining us!




    • Belly Dance Husband says:

      Hi Leslie,
      I will send you a message first thing tomorrow with two options for Shimmy Galore.


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