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Twerking While You’re Working

By Sarah McCartan

Take a break from working to do a little bit of twerking? The IN ladies say, “Yes please. Count us in!” Just as we arrived at Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant for lunch last week, we spotted an intriguing marker-drawn flyer posted on the community board, advertising a midmorning booty shaking dance class. Naturally, we knew we had to jump on it.

Beginning Tuesday, June 4, Sluggo’s back room will be transformed into “Sqeeky Cheeks’ Asstastic Twerkercise.” This dance class will be held every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $4 per class.

But what exactly is twerking? Good question. Remember those high school students that got suspended recently because their school just couldn’t quite handle their dance moves? That’s twerking. Big Freedia? That girl is twerking. Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” video? That’s twerking. Twerking is booty bouncing with ample twisting, and even more jerking.

“Twerking (twist and jerk) has more of a sexual element than your run of the mill booty dancing—more floor and wall dancing, and booty clapping,” explains the class leader, who goes by “Sqeeky Cheeks.”

Her twerkercise class is geared toward individuals who want to have fun, shake their stuff and enjoy learning new dance skills. The class also aims to promote body acceptance. Sqeeky C. stresses that all shapes and sizes can twerk. No big booty required. All you really need are legs.

“I have a feeling most people that love to twerk don’t do it in public because they feel it will bring them unwanted attention, especially in a dance club,” she said. “The class will provide a safe place to get loose, feel safe and get an amazing workout.”

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, movement friendly attire and bring a yoga mat, a towel (things are going to get sweaty), two small weights (or water bottles) and a small pillow. Shoes that readily slip on and off are also a plus as many like Sqeeky C. opt to twerk barefoot.

And after you cool down from twerking you can stick around, rest your hot buns and grab some Potstickers or a Sweet Thai Chili Bowl lunch treat before heading back to work.

ASSTASTIC TWERKERCISE
WHAT: Sqeeky Cheeks’ Asstastic Twerkercise Kickoff Session
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4
WHERE: Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 S. Jefferson
COST: $4
DETAILS: 791-6501