Why you must learn, appreciate twerking
Twerking has become a word associated with “sexual rascality” in our clime today. A girl that twerks is regarded as sexually provocative and attention seeking. While some morality champions sees twerkers as indecent, others, especially men get captivated by the act as it helps spice up ‘the other room’.
Twerking is a blend of twitch or twist and jerk with repeated hip thrusts and shaking of the buttocks . A twerker takes a low squatting stance to move the hips ,stomach and shake the bottoms.
Twerking is neither a Millennia or Gen Z novelty. For centuries and across cultures, vigorous hip , waist and chest movements are characteristic of feminine dance. The more intense the hip movement, the better.
Quoting Wikipedia ” Twerking (/ˈtwɜːrkɪŋ/) is a type of dance that came out of the bounce music scene of New Orleans in the late 1980s. Individually-performed, chiefly but not exclusively by women; dancers move by throwing or thrusting their hips back or shaking their buttocks, often in a low squatting stance.Twerking is part of a larger set of characteristic moves unique to the New Orleans style of hip-hop known as “bounce”. Moves include “mixing”, “exercising”, the “bend over”, the “shoulder hustle”, “clapping”, “booty clapping”, “booty poppin”, and “the wild wood”—all recognized as “booty shaking” or “bounce”. Twerking is but one choreographic gesture within bounce.”
While I agree that twerking involves the vigorous movement of hips and waist ,I do not agree that twerking originated from New Orleans in the late 1980s.
Though African dance styles vary across tribes and nations and has been part of their cultural rituals right from the existences of those traditions, one thing you can’t take away is the necessary hip movement that matches the fierce rhythm.
Africans have different types of dances like Odi dance in Kenya , Zulu dance in South Africa, Nguni tribe’s indlamu dance , Maasai Adumu, Ghanian Kpanlogo, Umteyo ‘shaking’ dance, Mohobelo ‘striding’ dance, Zimbabwean Jerusarema dance and the south African umuemulo dances. All these different dances all have a unifying feature- vigorous hip movement which is referenced as Twerking.
One distinguishing dance that generations of urban Africans have come to embrace is the Makossa dance which originated from a Douala dance called the kossa. Emmanuel Nelle Eyoum started using the refrain kossa kossa in his songs with his group “Los Calvinos”. The style began to take shape in the 1950s though the first recordings were not seen until a decade later.
Musicians like Awilo Logomba and Koffi Olomide popularized this dance and it’s main feature is the vigorous hip movement – the twists and jerks .
Coming down to Nigeria, a nation made up of over three hundred and fifty tribes, there are dances like Nkwa -Umu -Agboho, Ekombi dance, Swanage, Koroso and others. These have stood out over traditions and cultures and done in ceremonies.
Though people see twerking as a provocative act ,what we have not realized us that twerking is a necessary exercise that can turn our bodies into a work of art.
Twerking strengthens muscles in just about every part of your body! Not only does it help you sculpt, tone and grow big bottoms, your thighs become super strong, your hip flexibility increases and more than anything, boosts your confidence ! Experts say you can burn up to 500 calories in 60 minutes of twerk.
So ,while you twerk to that dance or use it to spice up time you spend with your spouse in the other room, also remember that twerking is an artful exercise that helps you get a figure-8 shape without paying for an expensive liposuction procedure.
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