New Orleans “Bounce Queen” Big Freedia is taking to New York City’s Herald Square in an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for most people twerking simultaneously. Big Freedia’s goal is 250 twerkers (just typing “twerker” makes our spell check want to explode), though any relatively large number will suffice as, surprisingly, this record has not yet been recorded by Guinness. Read more at iVillage…
By now we’re all familiar with twerking: hip-shaking, booty-focused dance moves a la Nicki Minaj and (ugh) Miley Cyrus. It’s sexy, it’s silly — and apparently, it’s completely safe for expectant mothers. OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton confirmed to ABC News that twerking is safe for pregnant mommies who won’t let a little morning sickness get in the way of their booty-shakin’. “For the average pregnant woman, dancing and aerobic activity is safe during pregnancy, so therefore Twerking is, too,” she explained. “Pregnancy is not a disease, and women should feel comfortable being active. If something hurts, don’t do it.” So go for it, ladies. Shake that fetus around like a cocktail shaker! [10news.com]
It’s time for another episode of “Trainer Trials,” our new video series in which I try out various fitness activities in hopes of finding one or more that I don’t hate. (That sounds negative. I’m just really good at finding excuses not to work out, so in order to keep the ol’ ticker healthy, I need a semi-regular fitness routine that is at least half as enjoyable and fun as, say, drinking wine and organizing my sea shell collection.) The amazing Zuta Gilchriest from Crunch Gym came by The Frisky video studio to give me and Jessica some private Zumba tutelage, and, well, booties were poppin’. (Watch above!) Zumba combines dance styles like salsa, merengue and soca, with standard workout moves like lunges and squats, all to the tune of various Latin and world beats. I know, I know, we’re making it look easy – but it’s not. Embodying the spirit of Sasha Fierce works up a sweat, you guys. I don’t know that I feel confident enough yet in my skills, but perhaps after a few more classes, I’ll be bustin’ out that towel move at the clurb. Look out!
Twerking. It’s the “Dougie” of 2013, the Macarena of the zeitgeist. It also appears to be a very popular YouTube extracurricular activity — and not just amongst the Miley Cyruses of the world. This Huffington Post Comedy video sets a bunch of twerkin’ dudes to the sweet sounds of classical music. It really elevates it, don’t you think? [Huffington Post]
You may remember Karen Cheng as the former Microsoft exec who resigned from her job a few years ago via a song posted to YouTube called “Bye, Bye, Excel and I.” So what has she been doing since quitting her job? Teaching herself to dance, man. Cheng has posted this amaaaaaaazing YouTube video of her journey which concludes in an insanely awesome performance in a San Francisco train station. Seriously, it’ll blow your mind and inspire you to take a dance class or two yourself. Check it out above!