Twerk Dance 101

Course Description: Join us for an exhilarating 8-week journey into the world of twerk with our Twerk 101 class at DG Studio 77. This fun and empowering course, led by our expert instructor Xara Flame, is designed for all skill levels, from beginners to those looking to refine their moves.

Week 1: Twerk Foundations

  • Introduction to twerking: History and cultural context
  • Warm-up exercises
  • Basic twerking stance and posture
  • Isolation techniques for hips and glutes

Week 2: Groove and Flow

  • Review of previous week’s fundamentals
  • Rhythmic twerk drills
  • Combining movements smoothly
  • Creating your first twerk routine

Week 3: Floor Techniques (Knee Pads Required)

  • Perfecting isolations and pops
  • Controlled shakes and shimmies
  • Twerking with different rhythms and speeds
  • Introduction to floor work

Week 4: Choreography Development

  • Learning a twerk routine
  • Emphasizing musicality
  • Expressing yourself through choreography
  • Confidence-building exercises

Week 5: Twerk Styles

  • Exploring various twerk styles (bounce, clap, wall twerk, etc.)
  • Adapting your twerking to different music genres
  • Freestyle twerking practice

Week 6: Freestyle and Improvisation

  • Building improvisational skills
  • Twerk battles and group freestyle sessions
  • Feedback and constructive criticism

Week 7: Twerk Props and Costumes

  • Incorporating props like chairs or poles (if available)
  • Costume ideas and considerations
  • Experimenting with freestyling

Week 8: Refining Your Style

  • Come dressed up for photos and videos
  • Final Twerk routine
  • Opportunities to freestyle and play with what you’ve learned

About the Instructor: Meet Xara Flame (she/her), the passionate force behind DG Studio 77, Montreal’s premier pole dance school with a legacy spanning over two decades. Xara’s dance journey, ignited during her childhood gymnastics days, has flourished into 14 years of pole dance experience. Xara is a multifaceted specialist, holding qualifications that span beyond the dance realm. She’s not only an accomplished pole dancer but also a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer and corrective conditioning specialist. Her expertise extends to the realms of nutrition, corrective conditioning, and psychology, as she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University. Xara’s background in psychology lends depth to her teaching approach, understanding the psychology behind skill progression and personal growth. Her dedication to creating a safe space for all students to thrive and explore their potential is unwavering. But there’s more to Xara’s repertoire; she also offers tarot readings and approaches witchcraft through a scientific and psychological lens, enhancing her holistic approach to personal development. At DG Studio 77, we believe everyone has untapped potential waiting to be unleashed. Join Xara and our vibrant community to experience the transformative power of pole dance, twerk, and burlesque in a nurturing, inclusive, and empowering environment. It’s not just about dance; it’s about self-discovery and growth.

Suggested Materials:

  • Comfortable workout attire, preferably booty shorts or colorful leggings
  • Athletic shoes or dance sneakers (clean indoor, or barefoot)
  • Knee pads (needed as of week 3 for floor work)
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and pen for notes

Required Knowledge: No prior twerking experience is required for Twerk 101. This course is designed to cater to all skill levels, from absolute beginners to those with some dance background. Our instructor will provide thorough guidance and support to ensure everyone can enjoy and excel in the course. All you need is an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a passion for dance!