To Twerk... or Not to Twerk...?!
Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 16:09
“Twerking,” if you have not heard of it already, according to the Oxford English Dictionary (and yes, you read that right), “Is to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance.”
The Oxford English Dictionary, as of only weeks ago, added “twerking” among other popular words, claiming that “twerking” has earned the right to be added into proper English as it has been used as slang since the early nineties to describe this type of dancing. Twerking is thought to be loosely pulled from West African dance styles but became Americanized through the New Orleans hip-hop scene.
Most of us probably had not heard of twerking prior to 2013, as twerking in past months has exploded in its popularity with much thanks to singer, Miley Cyrus. The former Disney Channel star has taken on twerking among other things in an attempt to revamp her image as she tries for an over sexualized, rocker look. She features the dance move in her music video “We Can’t Stop.” She continues to popularize twerking in a new duet with Justin Bieber leaked in late August, titled simply, “Twerk.”
Whether twerking crashes and burns with Miley Cyrus or becomes this generation’s “disco,” only time will tell. Just know to watch for twerking, live in action this Saturday night at The Edge!