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** Twerking **

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*Twerking* is a "dance move that involves a person shaking their upper hips
and lower hips in an up and down bouncing motion, causing them to shake,
'wobble' and 'jiggle.'"^[1] To "twerk" means to "dance in a sexually
suggestive fashion by twisting the hips."^[2]


The word "twerking" may be derived from one of two sources:

1. a contraction of "footwork", or^[1]
2. a portmanteau of *tw*ist and j*erk*.^[1]

Ties have been made to many traditional African dances.^[3] An example of
such traditional dances is Mapouka.

*In popular culture[edit]*

Twerking was introduced into hip-hop culture by way of the New Orleans
bounce music scene. In 1993 DJ Jubilee recorded the dance tune "Do The
Jubilee All" in which he chanted, "Twerk baby, twerk baby, twerk, twerk,
twerk." The video for the song increased the popularity of twerking. In
1995 New Orleans-based rapper Cheeky Blakk recorded the song "Twerk
Something", a call-and-response dance song dedicated to twerking. In 1997
DJ Jubilee recorded "Get Ready, Ready" in which he encouraged listeners to
"Twerk it!".

A great amount of credit for the expansion of twerking outside of New
Orleans can be given to strip clubs in Houston and Atlanta. Twerking was
receiving recognition in national releases at least as early as the year
2000, when the Atlanta-based Ying Yang Twins released their debut single
"Whistle While You Twurk," which received national airplay peaking at #17
on the Hip Hop Chart and was further referenced in their 2002 follow-up
release, "Say I Yi Yi," which prominently features the lyrics "She got her
hands up on her knees and her elbows on her thighs, she like to twerk


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