Everything You Need to Know About Twerking

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What is Twerking?

First off, here’s the Wikipedia definition of twerking:

Twerking is a dance move that involves a person shaking the hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer to shake, “wobble” and “jiggle.”[1] To “twerk” means to “dance in a sexually suggestive fashion by twisting the hips.”

Now, perhaps a more urban authority will be more accurate. Here’s UrbanDictionary’s definition:

Twerking: The rhythmic gyrating of the lower fleshy extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in one’s intended audience


A Brief History of Twerking

The history of twerking proper dates back to 1993 when it was first used by DJ Jubilee. However, the term really only entered any kind of popularity when the Ying-Yang Twins released Whistle While You Twurk in 2000, which goes to show that ‘twurk,’ is an alternate spelling. Diplo, Juicy J, Drake and Wacka Flocka Flame have all contributed to the term’s more recent wide use. However, universal popularization (the kind where your mom knows what twerking is) of the term has now recently occurred, of course, on behalf of Miley Cyrus, in her recent performance at the VMAs.


Twerking and ‘Ratchet’

Some people think twerking is “ratchet,” which may prompt you to ask: what does a tool in my garage have to do with twerking? A valid question for the pop-culture layman, but ratchet, in this context, is loosely defined to mean “ghetto,” and by ghetto, it is really meant to mean trashy. As an extension of that, some have argued that twerking is less of a dance move and more of a basic human sexual impulse, since it closely mimics human intercourse.

Needless to say, twerking is here to stay as a cultural and physical force. It is probably stronger and more relevant than gravity at the moment.

While you should have a decent grasp at this point, twerking is best understood by seeing it. Here are five videos that break down the process and culture surrounding twerking — and teach you how to twerk it, if you are so inclined. If you care to see sexy videos of twerking, click here.


5. Twerking 101: How to Twerk

Start here to grasp the basics of twerking. This video has over 12 million views. A veritable twerkload.

How to Twerk | Club Dance MovesLike these Dance Lessons !!! Check out the official app http://apple.co/1JSDyRv Get These Sexy Dance Accessories: Stretching Band: http://amzn.to/1SnCojY Portable Dance Bar: http://amzn.to/1c9bVFx Portable Dance Pole: http://amzn.to/1F5PadH Harem Pants: http://amzn.to/1EnA5To Leg Warmers: http://amzn.to/1KoSzeA Nike Dance Sneakers: http://amzn.to/1SnCU1u Microphone: http://amzn.to/1HyItnH Knee Pads: http://amzn.to/1F1xhf8 Watch more How to Do Popular Club Dancing Moves videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/509368-How-to-Twerk-Club-Dance-Moves What's up everyone? My name is Tweety and I am here to teach you how to twerk. Hey! So okay. First you want to start with placing your hands on your hips. You need to know which direction your hips are going in, okay? So what you want to do, feet apart. Good. Bend your knees. Good. Now you want to make sure your feet are turned out and your knees are over your toes, okay? So you can't be parallel. That's going to feel weird. Turn them out. Good. Place your hands on your hip bones. Now, for your hips to go forward you're want to take your thumbs and press on your butt bone. Press on the back so your hips can go forward first, okay? So you're going to go press, press, press, press. If you press, then you know that your hips are going forward, okay? So press, press, press, press. Now, if you want the hips to go back, take your fingers, press back. So you've got to pull back on your own hip bone. Pull back, okay? Squat. Get a nice good squat so the only thing you can move is your hip section. So you have back, back, back, back. Good. So try it again. Forward, use your thumbs. Forward, forward, forward, forward. Back use your fingers to pull. Back, back, back, back. I'm going to give you forward action. You're going to squat. Place your hands over your knees. Good. Make sure that your wrists are turned out because it's not – didn't look like this, it wouldn't look like this. Turn them out. Good. And you're going to go boom, boom, boom, boom. Five, six, seven, eight. Boom, boom, boom, boom. Now if you were going out, you would go back, back, back, back. So now when you're learning how to twerk, when you actually do it it's faster. It's not as slow. You want to go to a certain tempo. Okay? So now when you're trying to twerk, hands over your knees. Good. You want to start with an arch which means your hips are going to go out. Don't start with your hips under. They should be out. And it feels like you're going to bring your hips down and under, right? Ta, ta, ta, ta, back, back, in, in. Alright. So now I've got my DJ playing a nice little cute song for everybody. It's not too fast, not too slow. Going to get your side action. Ladies, you ready? Good. So you've got to drop it like it's hot. Good. Now we're going to go forward. Hands on your knees and hands on your knees and make him say please. Five, six, seven, eight. And in, in, ta, ta, ta. Five, six, seven, eight. Ta, ta, ta, ta, ta. Now, you can do it with no hands whatsoever, okay? So here we go. Five, six, seven, eight. Ta, ta, ta, ta, ta. Double time. Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Wooh! That's a workout. Your thighs are going to burn but you're going to look good, baby.2012-12-09T03:12:07.000Z

4.Elders React to Twerking

Their reactions are funny but not unexpected. Twerking may be as old as human use of fire, but older folks are still generally uncomfortable with females expressing their sexuality, particularly by any kind of thrusting.

ELDERS REACT TO TWERKINGTwerking Bonus Reactions: http://goo.gl/7yHXZ NEW Vids Every Week! Subscribe: http://goo.gl/nxzGJv Watch all main React episodes (Kids/Teens/Elders/YouTubers): http://goo.gl/4iDVa Elders React airs once a month on Thursdays! In this episode, what do they think about the dance craze of Twerking? Is it anything like dances of their youth? Created and Directed by Benny & Rafi Fine (The Fine Brothers) Follow FBE: MAIN CHANNEL: http://www.youtube.com/FBE SECOND CHANNEL: http://www.youtube.com/FBE2 REACT CHANNEL: http://www.youtube.com/REACT FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/FineBros TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/fbe INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/f/fbe SNAPCHAT: finebros VINE: https://vine.co/TheFineBros TUMBLR: http://thefinebros.tumblr.com/ GOOGLE+: http://www.google.com/+thefinebros SEND US STUFF: TheFineBros P.O. BOX 4324 Valley Village, CA 91617-4324 —————————————-­——————————– Videos Featured in this Episode: How to Twerk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgoyVRO0A0E Twerking Compilation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH7MaFImu7k Check out the song featured in the compilation https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wop-official-version-single/id414094801 Check out and subscribe to the channels! FBE’s goal is to credit the amazing content that gets featured in its shows. If you see incorrect or missing attribution please reach out to credits at finebrosent.com —————————————-­——————————– This episode featured the following cast members: Barbara Bill Don Holgie Libby Rhoda Richard Robert Rock Virginia Music by: Cormac Bluestone http://www.youtube.com/cormacbluestone ————————————- ELDERS REACT #16 – Twerking © FBE, Inc2013-07-11T19:43:46.000Z

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3. Twerking Video Gets 33 Students Suspended

Twerking can get you in trouble because schools are cracking down. It’s crazy … or is it?

Twerking Video Gets 33 Students Suspended"A group of San Diego high school students has been suspended for making a risqué video on campus of teens involved in "twerking." The students at Scripps Ranch High School were suspended after school officials noticed the video on the Internet. In it, fully clothed students are seen moving their hips and buttocks in a suggestive fashion."* 33 high school students were suspended and may miss their proms and graduations because they shot a twerk video on campus. Is twerking inappropriate enough to merit suspension, or is the school overreacting? Cenk Uygur and Gina Grad (Pretty Good Podcast) discuss. *Read more from LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-students-suspended-twerking-20130502,0,5986842.story Support The Young Turks by Subscribing http://www.youtube.com/user/theyoungturks Like Us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theyoungturks Follow Us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/theyoungturks Support TYT for FREE by doing your Amazon shopping through this link (bookmark it!) http://www.amazon.com/?tag=theyoungturks-20 Buy TYT Merch: http://theyoungturks.spreadshirt.com/ Support The Young Turks by becoming a member of TYT Nation at http://www.tytnetwork.com. Your membership supports the day to day operations and is vital for our continued success and growth. In exchange, we provided members only bonuses! We tape a special Post Game show Mon-Thurs and you get access to the entire live show at your convenience in video, audio and podcast formats.2013-05-03T07:39:20.000Z

2. Busta Rhymes Ft. Nicki Minaj – Twerk It

While they didn’t create twerking, this is one of the main songs that has helped in re-popularizing the term. Yeah, it’s pretty sexual. No denying that. Also, Nicki Minaj’s posterior is highly compatible with the highest form of twerking, since her rumpus is abundant. Her butt is big, is what I’m saying.

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1. Yes, Even Cats Can Twerk.

Twerking may also transcend species. We leave it up to you dear reader to decide if this cat is, in fact, twerking, partaking in the twerk team, ‘twurking,’ or just being a strange cat.

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