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Above: Conseula Harris, 1938
Below: Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 2014

If people took the time to explore the root of what’s been dubbed as the “twerk,” they’d realise its origins lie in West Africa. It’s strikingly similar to the Mapouka dance from Côte d'Ivoire, a dance done by women that focuses on the buttocks. It’s existed for centuries.

Perhaps twerking doesn’t have the technical depth or chronicled history of ballet. It isn’t viewed as a dance scholarship worthy discipline like tap. However, it has an equally interesting history. And when done properly, it takes tremendous skill and attention.

Basically “twerking” isn’t new. Its ubiquity may seem sudden, but mainstream media’s merely catching up to something that’s existed in black global culture for years. (x)

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New Video - Serena William’s take on Beyonce’s 7/11

Something to take away your mid week blues, watch the free spirited and beautiful Serena Williams in her version of Beyonce’s 7/11. 

On and off the court, she’s such a delight.