A Twerkshop class is a fun, physical way to exercise your core.
FOR THE RECORD, twerking is hard work.
You might know twerking from pop culture — Beyoncé, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus all come to mind. Or, you might not.
I had never tried to twerk, mainly because I fully believed my pelvis would not be able to. After taking a twerking class, I assure you there is an art to twerking properly, and it is quite physical.
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Doing the movement properly requires a lot of core control to get your pelvis to twitch in the right direction. When you add in a squat or get down to elbows and feet (aka a twerk plank), your core will wonder what this new torture is.
Twerkshop teacher Tricia Diamond grew up in New Orleans, where, as a kid, she studied Mapouka, an African dance that spawned twerking, she says. People in New Orleans have been twerking for more than 20 years, she says, and she wanted to spread it to the Northwest. The Northwest thanks you, Tricia.
I convinced my friend Pam to come. Diamond took our group of three through the two main elements of twerking: A pop is punching your rear back, while a bounce is thrusting your hips forward. We watched intensely in the mirror to see whether we could imitate…