This paper discusses the origins of twerking, its transplantation from its origins into the American dance scene, and Miley’s performance of the progressive version of the original dance. It also explores the values and criticisms associated with the dance, and some of today’s social views of the dance. Finally, it discusses the historical aspects of the dance and considers the future of twerking.
Performance by Miley Cyrus
As background, Miley appeared on stage on the night of August 25, scantily clad, and performed a dance that is now commonly referred to as, “twerking.” She appeared to have made this dance famous, as she received massive media coverage and commentary, comedic reprisals, and critical acclaim by some as to her media genius. In fact, this term was added to The Oxford Dictionary Online just this year. “Twerk” is defined as, a “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting dance” (Definition of twerk in English). Miley certainly did dance in a sexually provocative manner, thrusting her hips and squatting as she co...
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