The Twerkshop

A conjunction of twitch and jerk?
A dance that Miley Cyrus does to get attention?
A fancy word for booty poppin?

You’ll find six pages of definitions for the word “twerk” in the Urban Dictionary. But we’re not here to settle semantics – we’re here to teach you how to shake your ass.

Warning: Nothing about this workshop or its description is appropriate for kids. That disclaimer aside, let the twerking begin!

Our motto is: twerk what yo’ mama gave you. Big booty or small, male or female, we’ll show you how to jiggle whatever junk you’ve got in your trunk. No ass-hugging shorts or gluteal gyration expertise required.

In all seriousness, nothing is serious about this twerkshop except for the calories you’ll be burning.

Leading the way will be Philly Dance Fitness all-star twerkers Sharice “let me show you my twerk face” Sloan-El and Maya “it just looks better because my butt is bigger” Sethuraman.

After warming up, we’ll give you a twerktorial of the basics, a little booty-poppin 101 if you will. In addition to breaking down the step, we’ll show you lots of rhythmic and stylistic variations so you can make the move twerk for you. As Sharice puts it, there’s no “right” way to twerk, but she’ll teach you how to twerk “in your own light.”

Once those hips are nice and loose, we’ll drop, pop, shake and wind through a series of dance routines. Don’t worry, we won’t make you twerk for 90 minutes straight – we want you to have something left to show off when you’re done. But you’ll be working that rear in some way in every song. Between the up-tempo rap and pop songs you might hear in a club, we’ll give you a chance to breathe with combinations set to slower numbers from artists like Beyonce and Ciara.

Come dressed to sweat because you will be swirling that butt hard. Tight pants or leggings will help you see the twerky shake you’re looking for, or go ahead and rock those booty shorts if you want to feel really sexy. But bottom line (get it?), we advocate wearing whatever you feel comfortable in, so don’t shy away if you wouldn’t dream of donning cut-offs.

Due to the in-your-face sexual nature of this dance style, this workshop is for adults ages 18 and up. Yes, we know that many teens can already twerk better than us, but we’re not going to go there. And this way they also don’t put us to shame.

And, yes, gentlemen, you can get your twerk on, too, as long as you come to dance and not ogle. We’ve seen plenty of men with bum-tastic talent, so we know there’s got to be some brave Philly guys who want to share their derrieres with us.

The Twerkshop

  • When: Sunday, October 6 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St.
  • Cost: $15 until Sept. 29, then $20. (Members, click here for a discounted rate) Due to the extended preparation required for workshops, non-members may not apply gift certificates toward tickets.
  • Wear: Comfortable workout attire and athletic shoes or dance sneakers.
  • Bring: Water

Can’t wait to twerk? Get a little practice in with this clip:

Some other Urban Dictionary definitions for “twerk” that we found amusing:

The rhythmic gyrating of the lower fleshy extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in ones intended audience

A series of movements made by females of the humanoid variety as an expression of contempt for their fathers.

And, used in a sentence:

Is yo ass tired because you’ve been twerking in my mind allllll day.

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