Twerk for Dummies, Twerk Workshop for Beginners
On Saturday, the 15th of October, Flama will be all about the booty shaking! The teacher of the workshop is Meri Niemi.
Twerk for Beginners is a workshop filled with shaking, jiggle, thrusting and throwing the hip and bounce. The class concentrates on different techniques of booty shaking and easy choreography. Full speed from the beginning to the end, great sweat guaranteed!
You do not need any previous twerk experience to be able to participate!
Bring knee pads or for example leg warmers with you to protect your knees. The classes are meant for over 16-year-olds.
What: Twerk Workshop for Beginners
Where: Flama Rauhankatu (Rauhankatu 15, 20100 Turku)
When: Saturday, the 15th of October 2022 at 12:00–13.15 (75 min)
Price: 17 €
Sign up by purchasing the workshop from our webshop.
If you want to pay for the workshop with sport or cultural benefits (Smartum, Tyky, Edenred, ePass, Eazybreak), please register by sending an email to [email protected].
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 a commonly seen at the parties. During twerk classes, you will get diversely familiar with various 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. The rest of the class is reserved for the choreography. Twerk improves physical fitness comprehensively, especially back, thigh, buttock and abdominal muscles.
Flama’s own TwerkMama Meri is such an energy bomb who is originally from Loimaa but has already lived in Turku for several years.
Dance has taken Meri all over the place: it all started with Loimaan Naisvoimistelijat and their annual spring performances and through both national and international basketball leagues, she finally made her way to Twerk Finnish National Championships. Meri has dance experience in show dance, hip hop, Cuban Latin dances as well as some ballet, but in recent years the love of her life has been twerk that is also nowadays her primary dance style. In twerk, Meri is fascinated by its physicality, roughness and challenging techniques. According to her, the best thing in twerk is that it allows one to do an extremely hard workout and simultaneously praise one’s own body. In addition to twerk, Meri’s heart is also taken by Dancehall Queenstyle and Latin dances. However, you can find Meri in any dance classes, since her training policy is that different dance styles let one develop into a versatile dancer, and each dance style can provide something new to one’s own style.
As a teacher, Meri is a relaxed type, but she urges and encourages her students always to do their best. Her classes are filled with laughter and humor – not forgetting hard training. Meri thinks that the best thing in her classes is absolutely to see how people go beyond themselves and do something they could not even believed to be possible. Everyone can come to the classes just the way they are, regardless of the size of the butt.
At Flama, Meri works as a twerk teacher and dances in the dance studio’s own dance group, Bouncy Crew. In her free time, Meri can be most likely found on the dance floor of a bar or just enjoying life with her friends.
If you have any questions, send us an email to [email protected].