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Chest Twist & Chest Shimmy

This video will demonstrate the horizontal chest twist and we will speed up the same movement into the chest shimmy. The chest twist is a foundational move of many other upper body movements and can also be used as an accent. The chest shimmy is an essential movement of Egyptian dance with deep folkloric roots that continue to flourish in modern styles. With both movements, it is important to maintain proper posture keeping the back straight and shoulders neutral.