On the sunny afternoon of Wednesday, September 25, a crowd of twerk novices and enthusiasts migrated to the Manhattan location of Herald Square in an attempt to make history.
In conjunction with Fuse TV, the New Orleans-bread Big Freedia invited fans to join him as he attempted to break the world record around the popular dance.
After the 6-foot-2 dancer performed his single, “Excuse,” a Guinness World Record judge stood before the large crowd (which included children as young as 8 years-old up to women as far as 80 years of age) to present the rules before they all got their twerk on:
1. Body must remain upright, with movement concentrated in hips.
2. Participants can put hands on knees or hips for support.
3. Twerking action cannot comes from knees – hips only.
4. Freestyling or additional choreography not permitted – no hands on the ground, feet in the air, twirling, etc.
5. Twerking action must be synchronized, can be at own pace.
6. All participants must twerk simultaneously for two minutes when Big Freedia gives the signal.
7. Any performers who do not participate fully for the entire two minutes will be deducted from the final total.
After 358 people successfully moved for two minutes straight, the “Queen of Bounce” received an award for breaking the Guinness World Record for the “Most People Twerking Simultaneously.”
Following the celebratory event, Freedia happily answered some questions from various media outlets and shared his thoughts about the history of Bounce music, twerking and his thoughts on Miley Cyrus’ twerk-fail at the 2013 Video Music Awards.
She didn’t get her lesson properly. She should’ve come to the Queen Big Diva. Before she tries to twerk again, definitely come see Freedia. Let’s have a class.
Sounds like an invitation to us, Miley.
Peep some footage from the event down below. You can catch his upcoming reality series, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, which premieres on October 2nd at 11/10 CST on FUSE.