How to dance with a girl twerking

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I Tried Ratchet Zooba And It Only Took Me 45 Minutes to Get Over White Girls Twerking

It's 7:30 P. M., and I'm waiting in line for Throwback Ratchet Zooba, a hip-hop dance cardio class. I can’t help but notice that the crowd lurking near the door is overwhelmingly white—cue the internal eye roll. Being a black woman in the predominantly white fitness scene of New York City, this is the norm. And it can get awkward at times. Awkward for me, that is; I'm sure the other people in my workout classes don't even notice.

Typically, I am the only woman of color in the room, which makes me cringe when songs like Beyoncé’s “Formation”—my summer 2016 theme song—come on. Lyrics like, “I like my baby hair with baby hair and afros; I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils,” speak to my culture and appearance as a black woman. And it feels downright strange to see it used as a hype song for HIIT, especially in a room full of women who probably have no idea what it’s like to feel insecure about kinky hair or wide noses. It’s made even more acute when the teacher leads the class through watered down dance moves that don’t capture the essence of Bey’s fabulosity.

Looking at the crowd outside Ratchet Zooba, I'm ready for more of the same. But over the next hour I twerk to Juvenile, sweat it out to Nelly, and catwalk to Beyoncé, and by the end of class I've shaken off my negative attitude and gained some new perspective on how vital it is to not only embrace your roots, but share them.

Ratchet Zooba is one of five class types offered by Banana Skirt Productions (the name is a nod to the iconic black performer Josephine Baker), founded in 2014 by Akinah Rahmaan, a young black mother who really just wanted to dance to Beyoncé. “I had just had my son, and I was trying to find ways to work out and lose the baby weight,” she tells SELF. “I was never really a hardcore fitness person. I was looking at a dance class to Beyoncé’s music, but they weren’t doing the choreography [from the video]. And I thought, ‘I’d love to learn [the dance from] “Crazy in Love” and “Get Me Bodied.' " So when she got laid off from a marketing position with Island Def Jam Music Group, Rahmaan hooked up with a couple of instructors via Craigslist to create exactly what she was looking for: sweaty cardio dance classes set to current hip-hop hits that mimicked the moves from the music videos. “My dad owned a nightclub, so I’ve been around music all my life. I wanted something where I can twerk and have a good time and not be at the club,” says Rahmaan.

Banana Skirt started out with just a group of friends in New Jersey and quickly expanded to New York City, where Rahmaan and her growing team of instructors rent space in Pearl Studios for Ratchet Zooba along with PopStar Pilates, Yoga, and Dance Fitness. As word started to spread, social media powerhouses like Hannah Bronfman started attending her classes. That’s when things really took off—and more white people started showing up. (Now, classes are about 80 percent white and 20 percent African American, Rahmaan says.) As her audience began to expand, Rahmaan extended her class offerings to include work by more diverse artists. One of her most popular classes went through the choreography in Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” video.

How to learn to dance twerk - Lifehacker

November 21, 2020 Likbez Sports and fitness

Butt size doesn't matter!

Iya Zorina

Author of Lifehacker, athlete, CCM

Twerk is just a super sexy dance that will pump your plasticity, and at the same time load your abs and back muscles well. To begin with, we will learn a few basic movements, and then we will diversify the dance vocabulary and analyze the main mistakes. And at the end you will find a bonus in the form of a playlist with suitable music.

If you have problems with your lumbar spine, exercise with caution, or better yet, consult your doctor.

Learn how to do basic elements

Booty pop back

Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width, toes slightly apart. Bend your knees and place your hands on your hips, turning them inward with your fingers, bend your lower back.

From this position, twist the pelvis down, and then, due to the deflection in the lower back, return it to its original position. Imagine that you are trying to reach the top of your head with your pelvis.

It is important to fix the upper back and work only on the lower back. You can not strain the gluteal muscles, otherwise the movement will turn out to be clamped.

If difficulties arise, try the lead-in exercise first. Place your hands on your hips so that your middle fingers rest on the protruding bones of the pelvis in front, and your thumbs - behind, closer to the sacrum. Bend your knees, move your pelvis down and then up, controlling the movement with your hands.

When you feel more confident, remove your hands and connect the movement with your knees. When the pelvis goes down, the knees bend, when it rises, they unbend. No need to lock the knees at the extreme point, they should remain slightly bent.

The pelvis moves back not only due to the straightening of the knees. The lower back must work.

Front booty pop

This movement is very similar to the previous one, only the emphasis is on pushing the pelvis forward rather than backward.

Set your feet wide and point your toes slightly out. You can put your hands on your hips to better feel the tilt. At the same time, bend your knees and sharply move your pelvis forward so that your butt goes down, and then bend your lower back and bring your pelvis back.

The emphasis is on the first phase of the movement, when the butt goes down. It is important at this moment not to pinch the buttocks, but to change the position of the pelvis due to the tension of the abdominal muscles.

Try other twerk moves


This element repeats the usual booty pop, only the movement of the pelvis in it is double: down-down, up-up.

Suffle twerk

Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width. At the same time, turn one leg with your toe and knee out and transfer your weight to the opposite thigh. Then, with a small jump, switch sides.

First try to move slowly to get the point, then speed up. Jump relaxed.

Up down twerk

Arch your lower back and push your pelvis back. On the count of “one”, simultaneously round the lower back, bringing the pelvis forward, bend the knees and bring the shoulders forward. On the count of "two", bend your lower back and take your ass back in a semi-squat.

On the count of three, straighten your knees, round your lower back, and roll your shoulders forward. On the count of four, arch your back in the thoracic region, straightening your shoulders.

It turns out that at the lower point you bend in the lower back, and at the top - in the chest.


To feel the movement, start moving slowly. Place your feet shoulder-width apart, place your palms opposite the pelvis. In turn, touch the palms with one or the other bone of the pelvis. Accelerate gradually.

You can wobble while standing upright or bent over. Practice slowly bending over and back up as you move. Important: you should not pinch, otherwise stiffness will occur and no shaking will work.

Zig zag

Get into a twerk stance, lower your right thigh first, then your left thigh. Then, one by one, lift them up to their original position. At first, perform the elements slowly, with fixation at each point, and then gradually accelerate.

You can do this movement a little higher. In this case, start with a stance on straight legs in an incline. In the same way, lower the right and left hips in turn, bending the knees, and then raise the hips, straightening the legs.

Stripper shake

Rise up on your toes and turn your heels in and out a little. Arch your lower back, try to relax your hips as much as possible.

This element can be performed in a straight position or bent over, moving both legs at once, or one at a time.


Stand with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders, point your toes forward, tilt your body and rest your hands on your hips. Rotate your pelvis, lowering and raising it as you go.

You can do this either in a bent over position on your hips or standing up.

Happy twerk

Start in a twerk position with your toes pointing forward. Do one regular booty pop in place, then another with the toes and knees turned out to the sides, and then the next one with them returning to a straight position.

Continue turning your toes and knees out and back, tilting your pelvis as you move.


Place your feet shoulder-width apart, rise on your toes. Pull your pelvis back a little. Move quickly from foot to foot, trying to relax your buttocks.


Raise your right leg to the side, turn it with your toe and knee inward. From this position, simultaneously transfer the weight to the left thigh and turn the raised leg with the toe outward. Return your foot to the floor and repeat on the other side.

Try moving in other positions

Twerk can be danced not only while standing, but also while squatting, on all fours and even upside down on your hands, with your feet resting against the wall. Try different positions - this will help diversify your dance.


This is the same booty pop, only squatting. If you don't have enough stretch to move freely in a deep squat, work on your hip mobility first.

Offset to one side

Good stretch is also required for this option. Otherwise, you will not be able to relax and move freely.

On all fours

First practice the standing element to get used to it. Raise one leg on the toe, turning it with the knee outward and at the same time leaning on the opposite thigh. Then smoothly switch sides.

Now place your palms on the floor, arch your lower back, bend your knees and lift your heels off the floor. Perform a familiar movement in a new position.

This is enough to get you started. Try, combine the movements with each other and, if something fails, correct the mistakes.

Understand why you don't succeed

There are three main reasons why instead of twerking you get some bullshit. And the size of the priests has nothing to do with it.

1. You lack flexibility

To twerk well, you must have good mobility in the lumbar spine and hips. If flexibility is lacking, you can improve it by doing stretching exercises.

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You work your upper back and shoulders

All basic movements require arching in the lower back. It is due to the lower spine that you feed the pelvis back and forth. But if during booty pop you bend in the thoracic spine and connect your shoulders, the movement will not look like a twerk.

3. You're too tight

This is probably the biggest beginner's mistake, which results in a tight, wooden pelvic movement instead of sexual shaking.

Don't push yourself too hard, relax your buttocks and thighs, shake off tension from your arms and shoulders. All elements should be carried out easily and without clamps. The best way to relax and feel the movement is to turn on the music.

Pick up the music

We found a cool audio compilation that makes you want to dance to and not stop. The description on YouTube has the names of all the tracks.

And another big selection, this time from Yandex. Music. There are some great tracks too, and some of them are pretty slow paced so you can learn the moves in a relaxed and casual way.

Let us know how your twerking progresses in the comments. It turns out?

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90,000 “vulgar wagons!”: State Duma deputy offers to plant girls who teach children Tverka

Komsomolskaya Pravda

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Victoria Minaeva

26 26, 2018 16:45

Vitaly Milonov asks for the dispersed dancers to fade. But twerk lovers don't see any crime in this dance

Novosibirsk dancer Uliana Frolova boasted that she taught twerk to a 16-year-old schoolgirl and posted a candid video on social networks. It turned out that in dance schools a lot of high school girls learn fashion moves. They take an example from bright and successful ones, for example, from Siberian Elena Yatkina: she is a YouTube star, she starred in the video for the song Beyonce, and now she shows adult movements during master classes in front of teenagers. In social networks, people are hotly arguing whether it is talented or vulgar.

Vitaly Milonov, a well-known fighter for morality, did not remain silent. “Profursets” is the most censored word of a parliamentarian against dancing girls.

The dancer posted a candid twerk video with a schoolgirl

- If she is 18 years old, then she can shake her ass as much as she wants, - Milonov said on Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda - Novosibirsk. But don't call it twerk. Twerk is too soft and clear. Just a wagtail! In general, this is a wild culture of American homeless people who live on welfare and do nothing but drink and use drugs, rob people on the streets. And their aunts with fat asses shake them so that their young people - gangsters and drug dealers - have fun. Well, ours are copying ... I understand, they would copy the ballet! And here they really copy some deviant, sinful things. Twerk is like writing a swear word on your forehead. Can? Can. But it's understandable that you're a brainless idiot if you like it. And who needs a girl who dances twerk? Vulgar wagtails! And those who teach children to twerk are pedophiles, put them in jail!

Polina Dubkova from Novosibirsk at the age of 17 created her first team, for the sake of casting for the show "DANCES" she missed her school graduation and ended up on TNT. Now she is already an adult and lives in Moscow, the girl now has her own students, including teenagers. Polya categorically disagrees with Vitaly Milonov. He says that girls who dance twerk, of course, get criticism, but not so categorical.

- They rarely write something bad, says Polina. - I have girls over 16 years old. However, there is no sexual connotation in this dance! It's just a dance. You can dance in pants and leggings, it is not necessary to do it in short shorts or panties. As for children and their education... It all depends on the attitude. I treat twerk just like a dance, but there are people who do not understand this. It is in connection with this that we have introduced a restriction of 16+, so that there are no conflicts with the parents of adolescents, including. But I personally do not think that we are doing something bad and with sexual overtones.

As they assure, the dancers' personal life is also all right, they have boyfriends and even husbands.

A Siberian sits on a twine in unexpected places

- Many girls are married, many have children! The style of dance does not affect the attitude towards a woman. As for frankness, even with ballerinas, when they do splits in the air or some other elements, the lower part of the leotard is visible. It's just that twerk gets it now, because it's at the peak of its popularity. Naturally, this is being discussed, - says Polina.

However, Vitaly Milonov predicts that twerk will soon be forgotten.

A young mother delighted Instagram with a sexy dance

- I can tell you a secret: in most places, twerk has already gone, because this is a fleeting absurd hobby that is no longer fashionable, the parliamentarian is sure.


Twerk, also known as booty-dance (from the English Twerking) is a direction in dance, in the movements of which the work of the buttocks, hips, abdomen and arms is actively used, while the rest of the body is almost motionless. Twerk was talked about loudly in Russia a few years ago, when the country saw the scandalous number "Bees and Winnie the Pooh" of the Orenburg dance school "Credo", in the frame the girls in striped swimsuits frankly moved their hips, forcing the cameraman to blush. The UK then refused to initiate a criminal case - according to the conclusion of specialists in the field of choreography, "all movements are elements in the twerk style, the dance does not contain elements of eroticism and pornography." Since then, the dance has captured the minds and bodies of young people, pushing another overt type of choreography - poldance.

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