Big Freedia and Friends Set Twerking Guinness World Record

358 twerkers joined the fun to help the bounce artist set the new record

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After a lot of hard twerk, New Orleans rapper and self-proclaimed “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia set a Guinness World Record for Most People Twerking Simultaneously in New York City’s Herald Square on Wednesday afternoon. A judge from the Guinness World Records verified it.

For two minutes straight, 358 dancers, ranging from age 8 to 80, twerked to dance music, Fuse reports. A minimum of 250 people were needed to set the record, which Big Freedia wanted to do to prove that twerking “is not new at all.” And of course, to promote her upcoming show on Fuse.


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Here were the rules — in case you need to refer to them next time you’re in the club:

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

And here’s proof that twerking is not just something millennials do: