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Booty-Shakers to Attempt Twerking World Record in Herald Square

By Alan Neuhauser | September 19, 2013 2:31pm
 Big Freedia, a star of the New Orleans "bounce music" scene, is aiming to establish the Guinness World Record for "most people twerking simultaneously" in Herald Square on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.
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MIDTOWN — Miley would be proud.

Weeks after pop star Miley Cyrus made headlines by performing the glute-quaking move at the MTV Video Music Awards, Fuse TV and rapper Big Freedia are aiming to create "Booty Shaking History" in Herald Square next week by bringing together hundreds of dancers to try to break the Guinness World Record for "most people twerking simultaneously."

Twerking — which Oxford Dictionaries recently added to its online version and defines as "dancing to popular music in a sexually provocative manner [with] thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance" — will commence at noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, organizers said.

At least 250 dancers will be needed to establish the record, which is not yet on the books, said a spokeswoman for the Madison Square Garden Company, which owns Fuse TV.

Freedia, who has built a loyal following in the New Orleans "bounce music" scene, is scheduled to perform a live set immediately after the record-breaking attempt.

The event is also a promotion for her new reality show on Fuse TV, "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce," which debuts Oct. 2 at 11 p.m.

The gathering is not be the first attempt to set a twerking world record in New York City. Popular DJ Diplo had hoped to set the record at the Electric Zoo music fest on Randall's Island last month, but the event was cut short after two concert-goers died of drug overdoses.

For updates, visit the event's Facebook page.