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Twerking reaches the history books

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 - 01:47

Sept. 25 - Over 350 people set a Guinness World Record for twerking simultaneously for two minutes. Alicia Powell reports.

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Over 350 people have twerked their way into history. U.S. music channel Fuse teamed up with New Orleans musician Big Freedia in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most people twerking simultaneously for two consecutive minutes. And after 120 seconds Guinness adjudicator Charlie Weisman officially took twerking to a new level. SOUNDBITE: Charlie Weisman, Guinness World Record Adjudicator, saying (English): "Today, I am happy to announce a new Guinness World Record title with a total of 358 participants. Congratulations to Big Freedia and all the supporters here today." Twerking, which has been defined by Oxford dictionary as a "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance" first started in the 1990s in the Southern part of the U.S. The dance recently became popular again when Miley Cyrus posted video online of herself twerking. Big Freedia thanked Cyrus for the buzz before snatching back the title. SOUDBITE: Big Freedia, musican, saying (English): "The ambassador of twerking is here to take over the throne." One might think twerking is just for the young, but Jo Wind showed she can hang with any age. SOUNDBITE: Jo Wind, twerker, saying (English): "It was a wonderful experience today. I went to buy sheets in Macy's and they let me in and I'm just dancing my life away here. It was just great." And if you're still unsure of how to twerk, here are some clues. SOUNDBITE: Melanie Gardiner, twerker, saying (English): "Just let your ass just really flap around and let it all hang out there. It's just like my necklace says, it's just ass everywhere, you got to own it." SOUNDBITE: Jillian Ternosky, twerker, saying (English): "You got to detach a little bit. People want to be connected all throughout. But you got to like detach. Pretend that your ass is just one separate being."

Twerking reaches the history books

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 - 01:47

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