Great Job! Remember, to be patient with yourself, the 3/4 shimmy is a challenging move. Keep your chasse steps small, and try to keep your head on one level for it and the hagalla/3/4 shimmy. With all of these moves, the more you practice them eventually they become part of your "muscle memory" (procedural memory) and you get to a point where you can dance without thinking. (We go into detail about the technique in class so that when you get to that point, your body moves in ways that are safe for your spine and joints ^_~)
This week, here are some extra clips, just for the 3/4 shimmy. They are different examples of ways it is done in different folkloric dances.
Here's a clip of the Mazin sisters (Ghawazee, of Upper Egypt, they say their ancestors split from the Rom), the upward version of the 3/4 shimmy we did starts about 50seconds in.
This is the Hagalla version of the shimmy as presented in the Reda Troupe. There will be more about that later, for know it's enough to know that this is folkloric dance *as presented for stage*, which is in fact very different from how it is performed in its original setting.
Remember when I said “If I can learn it, you can learn it”? Here’s the blog about how bellydance can help us overcome our perceived limitations. Improvisation is especially helpful in this regard. There is a saying that "A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings."
Thanks to being culturally taboo to publicly perform, bellydancers get to exercise their sass.
You can also use bellydance to show strength in a creative (as opposed to violent or destructive) way.