The shimmy

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The shimmy

March 26, 2017
Once upon a time, The Sensitive Dancer (who has wings on his feet) opened this little owl's world to The Shimmy, an exuberant little shoulder-shake much beloved (and employed to great effect) by Brazilian dance instructor, Pablo-the-Great. A Pablo-Shimmy is a little wiggle, a shake of the shoulders on a salsa step. It’s like the tap of fairy hammer on a tiny bell and just like icing on a cake. (The effect’s just the same.) Pablo-the-Great's shimmies are little shivers of happiness that bounce all around the dance studio (in and out and around a dance class) until everyone feels they absolutely, positively MUST shimmy too. (But) The Shimmy is not as easy as it looks. It requires a kind of LOOSENESS. An EXUBERANCE. For two ecstatic seconds (that's all a good shimmy takes) The Shimmy asks you to let go and just BE. And so, with all that Shimmy-Excellence hovering everywhere this Disheveled Little Owl surprised (and delighted) herself utterly when (without any warning whatsoever) she found herself doing a Pablo-Shimmy during a salsa with The Sensitive Dancer. "How perfectly extroverted," she thought to herself (she is not in the least bit extroverted.) And then, she felt a quite delightful feeling of happiness. And THEN (after her shimmy) The Sensitive Dancer shimmied back at her. Which made both of them laugh. (Because they each now understood the significance of The Shimmy, perfectly.)