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Twerking And Race: What The Dance Craze Says About Racial Perceptions Of Dance (VIDEO)

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Lately the dance craze known as twerking has been causing quite the commotion, even amongst those who aren't sure exactly what it is, exactly.

Twerking, the act of working your hips and behind into a butt-jiggling frenzy, seems to be at the top of everyone's pop culture tongues. While for some mastering the art of the twerk will make you a YouTube hit -- we're looking at you, Miley Cyrus -- others have gotten suspended from school for participating in the rowdy dance sensation.

What are the origins of twerking and what role does race play in our reactions to this controversial dance move? HuffPost Live tackles the twerk with help from VH1's Bené Viera and Clutch Magazine's Yesha Callahan.

What do you think? Do twerkers understand the dance's African roots? Let us know whether you are pro- or anti- twerk in the comments.

Watch the full segment on HuffPost Live.

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