Despite popular misconception, twerking did not start with Miley Cyrus.
In fact, twerking, a type of dancing associated with thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance, has already been associated with the modern hip hop culture in the United States even in the 2000s. However, the term’s origin is itself uncertain, although there are common assumptions, including a portmanteau of the words “twist” and “jerk” and a contraction of the word “footwork.”
Some comparisons have been made with twerking and traditional African dances, such as Mapouka from West Africa. Twerking in the United States was introduced into hip hop culture by way of the New Orleans bounce music scene. The video for the 1993 song by DJ Jubilee’s “Do the Jubilee All” increased the popularity of twerking.