Twerking It Out: Controversies Across the Nation

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  • Twerk, Twerk, Twerk!
  • Where Does Twerking Come From?
  • When Did It Become “Household” Name?
  • Gay New Orleans Rapper Twerks Off
  • Twerking Gone Bad
  • A “Hood Ratchet” Party for Twerkers?
  • Hampton University Lectures Students About Twerking
  • Aliso Niguel High School Bans Twerking
  • North Thurston Public Schools Makes Students Sign the Dotted Line

Where Does Twerking Come From?

With influences across the globe, hip hop culture inadvertently adopted twerking from African dances such as the Bobarba Dance, or “big bottom” dance, and the once banned Mapouka dance from the Ivory Coast. The hip-shaking dance can be done to any beat-driven tune.

(Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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