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Video: Sexual Dance Twerk History. Facts You Did Not Know About
2023 Author: Miles Ford | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 12:19
Any dance is a manifestation of sensuality. A peculiar body language. With the help of dance, you can convey absolutely everything: mood, thoughts, philosophy. The dance is multifaceted. Everything on the planet moves to the rhythm of dance, it is present in all living things: fish, birds, insects, animals. The task of the dance is one: to attract a sexual partner. People are no exception.
The content of the article
- 1 At the origins of twerk
- 2 Modern twerk
- 3 Booty dance: yes or no
Absolutely any direction, even a pretentious and chaste waltz, is saturated with eroticism. And, if the civilized world carefully monitors rhythms and movements, then primitive tribes and nationalities carefully cherish traditions and without hesitation show the most beautiful and erotic forms of dance. One of these areas was the twerk booty dance.
At the origins of twerki
Twerk originated in Africa. But similar dance patterns are found not only there. Hindus, Indians, and many other distinctive peoples have used this pattern in their dances. But still, Africa is considered the birthplace of twerk.
Twerk has the same ancient history as humanity itself, but for all its thousand-year history, it has managed to preserve its authenticity. It is not surprising that popularity came to him relatively recently: it is not customary in the civilized world to splash erotic vibes in public places. Fortunately, the twerk was not forgotten and constantly developed along with its performers of African tribes and reached contemporaries.
Twerk alarms, amazes and fascinates. And this is due to the ritual of the dance. Twerk is a ritual. Ancient people who lived in harmony with nature knew perfectly well how to create certain vibrations to solve health problems. So African women fought infertility, female diseases with vigorous twisting of their hips. In addition, the booty dance made it possible to very quickly return to its former form and recover from childbirth. So initially there was no sexual connotation in the dance.
The women came up with a pattern, a rhythm, determined the speed of movements and at the end received a wonderful workout, which only went to the benefit. Giving the dance a ritual, and now all the women of the tribe are dancing twerk. This went on for more than one millennium, until the era of colonization came. Civilized Europe exported entire tribes to create cheap labor.
But the human core is not so easy to break, and enslaved Africans were able to preserve their traditions. In the evenings, when they could afford to rest, people danced twerk. So the civilized world learned about him.
The perplexity that the booty dance caused in Puritan Europe led to the fact that it was attributed to sexual obsession, believing that such movements are a direct call for sex. The Europeans did not see elegance, clear drawing, performance of the number in him. For them, it was a chaotic jerking of the buttocks, hips, legs. But that is why this African dance is beautiful: its improvisation, sensuality, unpredictability.
In general, if we analyze in detail the dances of African peoples, one can notice one characteristic feature for them: the lack of integrity. That is, only one part of the body moves, for example, legs or torso. There are options when body parts move asynchronously: the head by itself, the legs by themselves. The twerk is the same: the priest and legs participate in the dance. The arms and upper body are static.
The second characteristic of African dances is energy. They don't have a single slow dance. The beginning can be unhurried, like acceleration before the main action. And even then, most often the rhythm begins to build up, almost immediately. The inhabitants of African tribes and aerial elements are not used. All their movements are directed downwards, they seem to be imprinted into the ground, show close contact with the surface. This is understandable: the main musical instrument is drums. And it's hard to waltz to their fight. The drums set the pace for the whole body.
It is interesting that for each instrument, and there may be several of them accompanied, each part of the body moves separately. Under one hand drum, under another foot drum. Researchers of African tribes have noticed this feature. It's amazing that dancers could instantly tune in to the intro of a particular instrument and add movement. As a result, the drawing of the dance became clearer and clearer, and no longer resembled the "dance of St. Vitus". Researchers of African culture have noticed that each tribe is characterized by its own direction of dance, despite the apparent similarity.
In the late 60s, when Africans became full citizens of European states and the United States, twerk came out of the underground. Of course, this booty dance was already significantly different from the original, but the ancestors could rightfully be proud of their descendants, since they preserved this heritage of African culture. At the same time, the twerk was called "bounces" and began its conquest of the world from New Orleans and Miami. Since the dance requires a clear rhythm, such musical directions as rap, hip-hop and others began to be used as an accompaniment. But they still managed to forget the true purpose of the dance, and it fell into the category of erotic.
The lyrics of the songs also matched: obscene, defiant, as well as the body movements of the dancers. Of course, the dancers were not particularly favored for such too loose booty dances. The ban on public performance of twerk existed for a very long time: imitation of movement during intercourse from the stage did not please the sanctimonious West at all. But young people are a very freedom-loving element of society.
Everything that cannot be absolutely must be brought out for all to see. This is how the "hippie" movement appeared, for example, with their propaganda of love under every bush. And why are rappers worse? Of course, the booty dance began its difficult procession. He was gaining popularity, then slowing down. In fact, twerk could have remained just a dance of cheeky street rap performers, until the famous rappers at that time took it to a new level and included it in the dance.
As a result, 1982 became the starting point in the history of dance, marking it with a huge number of music videos in which the dancers skillfully shook their buttocks. But the video clip of rapper Huey with the song “Pop, Lock and Drop It” broke the system. It skyrocketed to number one on the US music charts. Then there were times of ups and downs, but in 2013 the world exploded.
Miley Cyrus became the twerk's bomb. Apparently, the world has long lacked a fresh stream in an erotic direction. And so Miley showed everyone what it means to "wiggle the rolls." Since the bet on the younger generation is very advantageous a priori, since it adores everything that is in opposition, Miley was not mistaken and finished off the moralphages by performing twerk at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. The result was not long in coming, and the twerk triumphantly burst onto the dance floors of the world.
What is now modern booty dance has significant differences from past forms. The first thing that has changed is the music. Rap, of course, holds the palm. But reggae and R&B also began to be accompanied by this dance. Actually, twerk has adapted to many directions.
An equally important component is the costumes. You can also tie your buttocks in jeans, but it will look more like a corgi wagging than an erotic dance. Therefore, jeans are canceled, but shorts are the topic. This also includes leggings, tops, sports shorts. The more defiant the clothes, the more open the body, the juicier the dance and the more exciting the rhythmically moving pop is.
Nobody canceled acting skills. And twerk requires a great deal of artistry from the performer: a modest "Turgenev girl" may not even try to blow up the dance floor. Twerk is a hot, groovy dance. It is designed to awaken desire and raise the lowest self-esteem in the audience. So, the more debauchery and scandal, the better. But stupid antics are unacceptable. Individuality is what this dance demands. Even if the twerk is performed by a group of girls, each one is noticeable.
Do not flatter yourself and think that twirling your ass is easy and simple. Nothing like this. To dance this dance for a long time and beautifully, you need a lot of endurance. You need a good stretch, a sense of balance. The physical components of this dance are such that having a weak and unprepared body it is very easy to get injured: sprains, bruises. Energetic movements, jumps, lunges, small acrobatic elements, all this requires serious physical training, however, like any dance direction. But nevertheless, everyone can learn to dance the booty. It is much more difficult to overcome shyness and modesty.
For the layman, twerk is very disagreeable, we can say that an obscene dance, therefore, not every dancer will be able to present it in such a way so as not to offend and not look vulgar. The line between vulgarity and erotic grace is very thin. Safety precautions must not be neglected: during training, you must use knee pads, elbow pads, cuffs to protect the ligaments of the wrist joint (for acrobatics) and ankles.
Oddly enough, but the booty dance obliges this part of the body to have a certain shape. A skinny one will not give the desired effect yet, and the back of a war horse will cause disgust. Therefore, here it is necessary to strictly monitor both the volumes and the shape. But the dance itself will do its job: physical activity during dance studies allows you to adjust the figure in accordance with the requirements.
Booty dance: yes or no3
Anything that goes beyond the bounds of decency causes a public outcry. Twerk did not escape this fate. People's opinions were divided into those who condemn him, and those who, on the contrary, seek to give an even greater impetus to the development of this dance direction. There is no unequivocal opinion here and there never will be.
Opponents of this dance make some pretty serious arguments in support of this. Indeed, this dance is unlikely to carry something valuable. It is only the cultural heritage of a certain branch of humanity, and is unlikely to claim a place next to a waltz or tango, let alone ballet. Whatever one may say, but the dance evokes certain moods and thoughts. Twerk most often works for the vulgarity and baseness of the imagination.
It is likely that camera techniques played a significant role during the filming of the clips. After all, they try to show frank movements in close-up, and this already looks somehow too defiant and very provocative. Such arguments are mainly cited by dance critics who have made their name on classical forms of dance and are already at an age that is saturated with morality and chastity. It doesn't matter how they sinned in their youth, the important thing is that now they will not allow themselves this and threaten the rest of the fingers.
But they will always be replaced by young, liberated specialists who are not only well versed in standard dance steps, but also welcome everything new and unexpected. Thus, in twerk, you can see positive features: an excellent cardio load, which structures the body, making it strong and at the same time graceful, wonderful physical fitness is akin to sports.
After all, pole dancing at one time was the lot of striptease and was saturated with vulgarity. Now, there are a lot of dance schools with pole teaching and parents willingly give their daughters, seeing in this first of all a sporting meaning, and not lust.
Competitions, tournaments, championships are held. Tiny babes get up on a pole so that strippers nervously smoke on the sidelines. And it never occurs to anyone that the baby's future is a foregone conclusion. So it is with twerk. The sexual connotation was given exclusively by media resources. It was given the status of erotic dance, putting it on the same shelf with go-go and similar directions. Well, maybe it will be so for now, but the result is definitely different.