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by Helen Petrovic (subscribe)
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Published April 5th 2013
What it is and how to do it
It's the craze that's sweeping the dance floor (or at least sweeping the google search engine). According to Google's Zeitgeist, "How to Twerk" was one of the Top 10 most searched "How To's" in Australia for 2012, yet if you mentioned the term "Twerking" to most people it would leave them scratching their heads, with no idea as to what it means.

So what is twerking and how do you do it?

So firstly, I'm going to begin with a definition. The word "twerking" is a slang term for dancing by moving your hips and shaking your "booty" in a sexually provocative manner. The word is possibly a combination of the words twist and jerk (or twist and work) hence the twerk.

Google search for "How to Twerk" and you'll be bombarded with you-tube clips showing you how to "work it", twerk style. If you are thinking of learning a few new nightclub moves, here are a couple of clips showing you how to move like a pro:

Check out the basic moves here. (and while you're at it - check out those nails!)

And once you've mastered the basics, why not try putting it together in a whole routine, like this one.

So now you know what Twerking is and how to do it, get ready for the next craze to sweep the nation. Move over Zumba, because here comes Twerking work out style, named, ridiculously enough, the "Twerk-Out". You can check out the "Twerk-Out" here, and learn some calorie-burning moves, starting with moves with names such as "Assisted Booty Pop" and "Booty Clap" and move on to more advanced moves such as the "Booty Ripple", "Double Dribble" and "Super Squat Tootsie Roll". Does my booty really need this much attention?

Learning how to Twerk might not be everyone's cup of tea (after a few practice goes in front of the mirror I'm pretty sure that Twerking isn't for me), and you definitely wouldn't catch me doing any of these moves in public, although they are at least good for a laugh (and I probably look no more ridiculous than I do when I'm hula-hooping on my Wii - but again another activity that I wouldn't do in public)!

Out of interest, here are some of the other things we googled in 2012.

Some of the other "How To's" which made it to the Top 10 in Australia for 2012 included: "How to Change", "How to Bulk" and "How to Kegel".

The most popular search was Gagnam Style, followed by The Voice, One Direction, the late Whitney Houston and the Olympics. For people and celebrities, Whitney Houston topped the list, followed by Kate Middleton, Morgan Freeman, John Mccarthy and Usain Bolt. Home celebrities that we googled included Lara Bingle, Miranda Kerr, Delta Goodrem, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman.

We wanted to know the lyrics to Payphone, Some Nights, Lego House, One Thing and Starship, and we were watching Home and Away, The Voice, Big Brother, Masterchef and Game of Thrones.

In the area of sports, the most popularly googled Australian Olympian was Stephanie Rice, followed by Sally Pearson, Tomic Bernard and Lleyton Hewitt. We googled sports teams Sydney Swans, Essendon and the Melbourne Storm. We searched for Toyota more than Ford, and Dominos more than Pizza Hut. UTS topped the list of Universities searched, and Sydney topped the list of Australian cities.

You can see the full list of results here.

Happy Twerking everyone!

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Why? To move that booty
When: Anytime
Where: At a nightclub near you
Cost: Free
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