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  • (lively guitar music)

  • I set the record for the lowest limbo of 8.5 inches in 2010.

  • I'm very proud of that.

  • My name is Shemika Campbell,

  • and I am a world class limbo dancer.

  • (steel drum music)

  • I'm originally from Trinidad and Tobago,

  • which is also where limbo dance originated.

  • It was a dance at wakes that symbolized

  • entering from one life to another.

  • Now today, it's literally everywhere.

  • I got into the art of limbo at the age of 14.

  • My grandmother was a limbo dancer,

  • my mother was a limbo dancer

  • and it's only right that I'm a limbo dancer.

  • I had to carry on that legacy,

  • not only for my family,

  • but also for my culture, as well.

  • (bright music)

  • Physically, I am very flexible.

  • I do my daily stretches.

  • I can't really feel normal stretches,

  • so I have to like create my own,

  • to where I really feel the stretch in my legs.

  • I get a little crazy sometimes, for sure.

  • Ladies and gentlemen, the limbo queen, Shemika Campbell.

  • (cheering)

  • [Shemika] In order to make it under 8.5 inches,

  • I have to hold my breath

  • in order to contort my body to make it under the bar.

  • At the same time I have to think about my arms,

  • I have to think about my positioning.

  • I move side to side just to show

  • that I'm still suspended.

  • I start to move actually physically under the bar

  • and that's pretty much when I'm able

  • to let the air out.

  • And that's when I will get up.

  • It's very very very hard to do.

  • The pain that I feel during practicing

  • and pushing myself that comes with it,

  • that's one of the things that really drew me to limbo.

  • It was something that I couldn't do easily.

  • I love the challenge.

  • Me making it under this bar perfectly every time,

  • it means the absolute world.

  • (cheering)

  • I pretty much limbo any and everywhere.

  • I've been onAmerica's Got Talenttwice.

  • I've been onThe Ellen Degeneres show.”

  • I've been onThe Late Late Show with James Corden.”

  • When I see peoples' reactions and

  • how appreciative they are

  • of my ability to do this is just amazing.

  • Alright.

  • Put it there, put it there.

  • I really do appreciate you representing the city.

  • I absolutely love limbo.

  • I love everything about it.

  • People think that limbo is just for fun.

  • For Trinidadians like myself,

  • it's really a big part of our culture.

  • I feel like that's where my job comes in,

  • to really show you this is more

  • than just a fun little activity.

  • [Man] Whoa.

  • (clapping and cheering)

(lively guitar music)

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/05/15
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