History of twerking

Africa's many tribes have developed their own unique dances, typically accompanied by vocal and percussive music that varied from tribe to tribe. The dances fell into three main categories: Ritual (religious), Ceremonial, and Griotic (storytelling). Africans brought their dances to North and South America, and the Caribbean Islands as slave labor starting in the 1500s. The dance styles of hundreds of African ethnic groups merged with European dances, forming the extension of the African aesthetic in the Americas. Dance has always been an integral part of daily life in Africa. In the Americas, it helped enslaved Africans connect with their homeland keeping their cultural traditions alive.

Most African villages had a "dance master" who taught the members of the tribe from a very young age how to perform the various dances. It was very important that these dances be performed exactly as taught, with no room for improvisation or ornamentation until complete mastery of the form was achieved.

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The earliest ancestor of the twerk is a dance called the mapouka, according to Mental Floss, which comes from the Ivory Coast in Africa. While twerking isn't a carbon copy of this centuries old booty-shaking dance, there is a definite familial resemblance. The mapouka is still practiced today, and it is generally a dance that's meant to showcase joy and happiness. There is another version which is more salacious, and it's meant expressly to keep the audience's eyes glued to the dancer, which it does quite well, as you can see.

Now we are all bringing it back to this day. Booty dance, known as twerking. The term twerking comes from the New Orleans' early 90s bounce scene. different dances as: Galala, baikoko, sega dance, bobaraba(big buttom) dance, mapouka, soukous, lembeul, niiko and many much more, are dances that were created and developed by people belonging to Senegal, Somalia, Congo, Kenia, Tanzania, Kenya and Cote d iviore.

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