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World Record For Longest Belly Dancing Shimmy Made
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World Record for Longest Belly Dancing Shimmy Made

The community art day in Broulee was an event to remember. Not only was the festival a success. It made international news. Yesterday a new world record was made. Melanie White, from Broulee NSW Australia has been belly dancing for 15 years. At the Broulee festival along the town’s annual Art on the Path day, Melanie set a record for the longest continuous shimmy.

The previous record was an hour long and Melanie crushed it. She did three hours total! Melanie said the first half wasn't bad but her feet were getting sore along the way and she had to focus on relaxing.

Melanie grew a big fan base that day, along the path there were many fans showing their support. The event was a hit and generated great interest. Three judges and two timekeepers were watching to certify that Melanie was doing a proper continuous shimmy. The Broulee community art day will now be known not only for their quarterly local art but also where a new world record was broken.

A shimmy is a dance move where the body is standing still and upright. The shoulders move back and forth and alternate. This move can be seen in many styles of dance including belly dancing, jazz and gypsy dancing. A shimmy can also be done in the hips through fast almost vibrating like motions. A hip scarf sewn with coins gives a wonderful chime when the hips are doing a shimmy.

Many belly dancers know how hard it is to continue this movement for even a minute. Maintaining this pose while walking for 3 hours is definitely worth a world record. This will be a tough one to beat.

Could this record have been done before?

The record for the longest shimmy has been attempted before at the Festival BASTET in Ukraine in May 2011, “The next stage of the programme was setting a record for the longest shimmy that took place in the resort hotel ‘1001 night. The record involved 7 people: Russian champion in the men’s belly dancing Aleksey Parashchuk, winner of Russian and international competitions in belly dancing Irina Popova, performer of oriental dance Huriya (France), Nadiya Makarova (Yalta), Yuliana Gevadyan (Russia), winner of Grand Prix of the BASTET Festival Kateryna Holub (Donetsk, Ukraine) and Vita Saakova (Russia). Showman Dmytro Koliadenko and a popular Egyptian dancer Aziza joined the participants during establishing a record. Thus, Vita Saakova, who danced 3 hours and 15 minutes, set a new record.”

Details are vague; perhaps the shimmy was a different style. Only the Guinness Records hold the truth.

Keep on Shimmying


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kfbd  

I can sustain a hip shimmy continuously for about 30 minutes...but shoulder shimmies? No longer than 5-6 minutes. Kudos to this gal!

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