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How to Do Hip Shimmy & Hip Slide Moves

Learn how to layer hip shimmies onto hip slides, hip circles, and figure 8s in this Howcast belly dance video featuring Irina Akulenko.

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So now let's try adding a hip shimmy to lower body isolations.

So to review our hip shimmy, we're moving our knees, our waist stays in the middle of the foot, our lower abs are engaged, you're contracting the tailbone under, chest is lifted.

And now let's push our hips to the right and left, our basic slide, and adding the shimmy. Pushing to the right, and pushing to the left. Pushing to the right.

We can do the same thing to circles. And figure eights.

Let's try that with music.

And as you're shimmying you want to make sure that you're pushing your weight all the way forward for the circles and all the way back.

And as you're shimmying, make sure you're really sliding and keeping the lower abs really, really engaged.

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