Were you aware of all the power that lies in your booty?
Twerking has been around for centuries. Check out these fun facts to get hip to the history and benefits of this art form.
1- The word TWERK was first documented being used in 1993 in a song called “Do the Jubilee All’ by King of Bounce, DJ Jubilee.
2- The claps you hear in almost every Booty & Twerk song were introduced by Cheeky Blakk: one of the pioneering Bounce artists from New Orleans.
3- Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, has the Guiness World Record for Most People Twerking Simultaneously in 2013. Over 400 booties of all shapes and sizes participated in the event.
4- Booty Dances have historically been used for weddings, for rituals to induce fertility and for celebrating from a place of resistance.
5- They are also used for postpartum rehabilitation: "Several ancient cultures recognise the need for pelvic-muscle strengthening after childbirth in the dances that women do. Rhythmic butt-shaking dances of Africa (Booty Dance) is an example of dances that strengthen the pelvic muscles.”
Ina May Gaskin (World Renowned Midwife)
6- Our booties are made up of 3 different muscles: Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Maximus & Gluteus Minimus. They each perform different tasks but are generally responsible for all movement of the hip and thigh.
7- Booty Dances can help tone and gain flexibility in the lower vertebrae and lumbar region improving posture and relieving back pain.
8- Booty Dances can help reduce menstrual pain as they help relax the uterus.
9- The trick to the twerk movement is being able to relax your gluteus muscles while simultaneously activating your pelvis to rotate forward and back continuously.
10- The strip clubs cannot be ignored in the biography of Booty Dance. The famous “Booty Clap,” for example, is one of many movements from the waist down that was created in Atlanta’s strip clubs.