Everything You Need to Know About Twerking

Published:5:34 pm EDT, August 26, 2013| Updated:2:11 pm EDT, September 6, 2013|
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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.

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.

3. Twerking Video Gets 33 Students Suspended

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

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.

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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