Twerking is taking the celebrity world by storm, with stars such as Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and One Direction proving they can twerk it on stage.
Miley Cyrus recently released her new single, “We Can’t Stop”, which shows the singer getting her twerk on to the lyrics “To my homegirls here with the big butts, shaking it like we at a strip club.” Indeed, Nicki Minaj gave Lil Wayne a strip club-style lap dance while twerking during an on stage performance of her single “High School”. She teamed up with Busta Rhymes to create the Jamaican-inspired single “Twerk It”, and the video will most likely feature the popular dance move.
The craze has been around for longer than you might think, with mentions of the move originating in the New Orleans bounce music scene during the early 90s. DJ Jubilee recorded the track “Do The Jubilee All” in 1993, which features the lyrics “Twerk baby, twerk baby, twerk, twerk, twerk.” More recently, American rapper French Montana released his debut album “Excuse My French” in May of this year, with the track “Pop That” asking for some Nicki Minaj-style strip club moves: “Show me what you twerk with…need a lap dance”.
So how do you twerk? According to Wikipedia, the move involves shaking your hips and bottom in a bouncy up and down motion, causing it to shake, wobble and jiggle. The move has been dubbed “the most popular dance move since the Dougie”, which leads to the question: how long will this craze last? It may have been around for longer than dances such as the Cha Cha Slide, made popular by DJ Casper in 2004, and Psy’s signature moves from July 2012’s Gangnam Style, but surely it’s only a matter of time before we’re reminiscing about our twerking days, just as our parents look back on their 1960s Mashed Potato moves…