From Miley Cyrus at the VMAs to becoming a defined word in the Oxford Dictionary, twerking has become a major topic in today’s pop culture, and is a dance fad that is taking over the nation. People are even going as far as breaking the world record for longest continuous twerk. Last Wednesday, Sept. 25 that feat was completed.
Big Freedia, the New Orleans hip-hop diva, broke the record with 358 other booty shakers at Herald Square in Manhattan, N.Y. She organized the event with the goal of bringing hundreds of people together to twerk simultaneously for two minutes straight, all abiding by a set of rules determined by Guinness:
1.) Body must remain upright, with movement concentrated in hips.
2.) Participants can put hands on knees or hips for support.
3.) Twerking action cannot come from knees. Hips only!
4.) Freestyling or additional choreography not permitted. No hands on the ground, feet in the air, twirling, etc.
5.) Twerking action must be synchronized, can be at own pace.
6.) All participants must twerk simultaneously for TWO MINUTES when Big Freedia gives the signal.
7.) Any performers who do not participate fully for the entire TWO MINUTES will be deducted from the final total.
To break the record, at least 250 people had to participate, all using correct form. That amount was well surpassed with age groups ranging from 8-80, and after the allotted time passed, Big Freedia came out victorious. She is now currently the official record holder for “Most People Twerking Simultaneously.”
According to Fuse TV, Freedia was inspired to attempt the recording setting and said, “It would open a lot of doors and set history for bounce music and let the world know that we’ve been twerking for a long time. This is not new at all.”
Cailley Breckinridge is sophomore Telecommunications Major. This is her second semester writing for BUNow and she is currently the On-Campus Editor.