The twerk, which has gained great popularity in the world, focuses on the movements of the pelvic area. Twerk has its roots in various African American and African dances, including mapouka, baikoko, niko and chakacha. With slavery, the dances associated with the cultural traditions of different countries, cultures, and tribes in Africa have become mixed, and the roots of the twerk cannot be associated with the dances of just one region or cultural heritage. The concept of Twerk was introduced in the late 80’s, e.g. in the context of the bounce hip hop trend in New Orleans.
Twerk moves can be easily taken to the dance floor and probably that is why it is commonly seen at parties. During this workshop, you will get familiar with basic twerk techniques, such as shaking, jiggle, thrusting and throwing the hip and bounce as well as some floorwork At the beginning of the classes, we will have a warm-up, after which we will go through some basic movements and learn a short choreography. Twerk improves physical fitness comprehensively, especially back, thigh, buttock and abdominal muscles.
Salla teaches twerk and commercial dance at Flama. She has been dancing different dance styles from hip hop to contemporary dance for over twenty years. Salla has been actively involved in Turku’s dance group activities and has also led her own group for several years. Nowadays, she dances in Flama’s twerk group, Bouncy Crew, and leads Flama’s dance group The Honeys.
In Salla’s classes, the most important thing is to feel good, to forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to enjoy the movement and maybe even exceed yourself! Salla strives to create a safe environment for her classes, so that everyone feels welcome. Come as you are.