Let’s talk TWERKING: What it is and What it AIN’T

what twerking isnt

Every since Miley’s lil flat ass went cuckoo on the VMA’S and started shaking her back like she was having a seizure, then called it twerking, white folks can’t seem to get enough of it. They want it everywhere; on a plane, on a train, IN THE DICTIONARY, and even the Guinness Book of World Records. Funny how they didn’t give two flying fucks until the little white girl did it-WRONG. The recent media frenzy surrounding twerking insinuates that its a recent phenomenon, one that didn’t exist until white folks gave it validation. Well honey let me tell you, that shit Miley was doing may have just started, but WE been twerking for some time now.

What irks me the most is that every time twerking is mentioned in the media its linked to Miley. What she did on the VMAS WAS NOT TWERKING. Pay HOMAGE and give credit where credit is due. All it takes is a simple TWERKING search on YouTube to know what its really about. And to realize that twerking is not a simple jerking of the back or hands on your knees while you try to shake your non-existent ass. Twerking takes talent, actual skill. And everybody can’t do it. It does require a LIL sumthin in the trunk, not a lot just something that will bounce once you get the moves right. I have mad respect for people who can ACTUALLY twerk-cause I sure  the hell can’t. But I have not one single iota of anything for individuals who decide to exploit it.

The aftermath of Miley’s debacle has turned twerking into a joke, a spectacle, and entertainment for the disconnected people who don’t want to see the actual value in the dance form. I have yet to hear a comment in the media that refers to twerking as a legitimate form of dance. Usually its described as something “those” urban folk do that is lewd or sexually provocative without any acknowledgement of the true technique that goes into being able to bounce one cheek at a time. That’s why, to me, it’s soo (beyond) disrespectful for them to call that spasm that Miley had twerking, it required no control, rhythm,  or effort.

Although the buzz around twerking is growing, I don’t feel like there has been a growth in appreciation for twerking. But while everybody is listening I just want to point out what twerking is and what it ain’t.

Twerking IS:

A type of performance dance that originated in the US south; specifically emerging from the New Orleans bounce scene. African influences can be detected as well. It is a highly technical form of dance that tones and defines the legs, thighs, and buttocks. Mastering the dance form requires much rhythm, fluidity, skill, flexibility, and coordination.


twer team

Twerking is NOT:

as the Oxford Dictionary defined it


[no object] informal

  • dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance:

just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song

twerk it girl, work it girl



And sorry to burst Big Freedia’s bubble but that world record doesn’t count either cause the definition of twerking-ALL WRONG, the shit the crowd did- ALL WRONG. You should have made your record breaking attempt at HOME, in the NO, where it ALL STARTED…

But no matter what, at the end of the day WE will always own it, cause can’t nobody drop down, put a hump in ya back, and shack ya RUMP like WE DO…

What do you think of Big Freedia’s Guiness World Record? Shame or overdue recognition of the twerk movement?


One thought on “Let’s talk TWERKING: What it is and What it AIN’T

  1. Pingback: Let’s talk TWERKING: What it is and What it AIN’T | mauriceparrishblog

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