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Shimmy

Why do we call a wig­gly dance a “shimmy”?

The dance got its name from an ar­ti­cle of cloth­ing – the “chemise.” When you dance the “shimmy” you wig­gle your hips and shoul­ders pretty much as you would when get­ting into a chemise. Chemise is the French word for “shirt.”

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