Updated: May 21
This sexual and provocative dance move has taken the world by storm. Contrary to what the media will tell you, it did not originate with Miley Cyrus’s 2013 VMA performance with Robin Thicke (a sad interpretation of twerking if you ask me).
Twerking has actually been around for much longer than it has been in the mainstream media. The dance dates back centuries, having most likely originated somewhere in West Africa. It has an uncanny resemblance to the Mapouka dance from Côte d’Ivoire (modern versions of which can be seen here and here (a side note: if you decide to investigate this further, beware of simply typing “mapouka” into YouTube) The Mapouka dance focuses mainly on the buttocks; the resemblance to modern-day twerking is easy to see.
According to the Western perspective, twerking is a highly sexualized and provocative gyration of the hips and buttocks. It has even been added to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, which defines it as “sexually suggestive dancing characterised by rapid, repeated hip thrusts and shaking of the buttocks especially while squatting.” But twerking isn’t new. In many West African cultures, it was an expression of joy and celebration performed at family gatherings and weddings. One blogger recalls seeing older women in her predominantly West African church go to the front of the church and twerk if a certain song of praise was sung. There, it was not a sexual thing; it was a form of worship.
Now what is Twerk-Fit? Very similar to Zumba which melt the Latin dance types such as Reggaetone, Salsa, merengue etc. combining it with high intensity fitness moves. With twerk instead of Shakira you will hear more Beyonce and Sean Paul and there will be more Hi-hop, Dance Hall and Afrobeat moves. As simple as that. If you think we wont get sweaty and have a workout thing again. It is a great workout focused on your legs - inner tights, lower tummy and lower back and of course booty shaping. while some of the floor moves will tone and strengthen the arms of course.
Is it for you?
But I have no dance experience or fitness level.
It`s fun and effective and you can take it at your own phase.
We always start with a warm-up song followed by easy to follow songs with repetitive choreography so you can learn them quickly.
Always do at least one floor-work song which is always slower and more on the toning and strength side of the workout.
Then we move to the short choreography. We take one song and learn the 1st minute of it step by step and videotape it to see how cool we all look. If you don`t wanna be on a video don`t worry you will still be able to participate as we can just position the camera in a way that won't include you. It's about self love and self acceptance. You need to see that you are a goddess bad-ass B*** no matter your size, fitness level or dance experience. Trust me by the end of the class you will feel like J-Lo after her show.
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