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An alternative history of twerking

Posted at 4:30 pm, November 21, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
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The Oxford Dictionaries this week made ‘selfie’ their word of the year. With respect to our learned friends, we think they’ve messed up badly.

If one word defines 2013, it surely has to be ‘twerk’. Ever since Billy Ray Cyrus’s wayward child Miley stuck her bum in the air at the VMA Awards, the world has been twerking 9-5 (and presumably resting up for the rest of the day). There’s even a UK championship – which takes place tonight at the Scala.

Though it’s hard to believe, twerking doesn’t just have its roots in Miley’s money-maker – ladies and gents have been getting low and shaking their seats for centuries. Here’s our guide to the three ages of twerking:

ANCIENT TWERKING

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HISTORICAL ART TWERK

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Right up to MODERN DAY TWERKING

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Find out more about the UK Twerking Championships happening tonight at the Scala in Kings Cross.

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