From American popstar Miley Cyrus to an Australian vying to become Prime Minister, the global phenomenon of twerking has gone mainstream.
And now the UK’s first ever twerking championships has taken place in London’s King’s Cross.
Ten of the best twerkers in Britain lined up at Scala nightclub to prove their jiggle and jerking credentials to a sold-out crowd.
Twerking is the now famous dance performed by Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards in the summer.
The dance craze, started in the New Orleans ‘bounce’ music scene of the early 90s and has now become so mainstream it was even honoured with an official entry in the Oxford Dictionaries Online.
The top spot on Thursday night – worth £200 – was awarded to a 19-year-old from Tottenham, East London who goes by the stage name of Mizz Versatile.
She told MailOnline: ‘I’ve been dancing for years. Twerking recently came up and I decided to learn
‘I tried different ways of moving my bum and practice whenever I have time.’
Mizz Versatile, who has a daughter aged two-and-a-half, said the venue was packed and the crowd were extremely loud as they cheered on the competitors, who were selected from regional heats.
The full-time dancer, who is a size 8 and 4ft 9in, said her success was down to her technique during the 30-second rounds which include freestyle and splits.
‘It’s not about the size of your bum. People with large bums can not move to save their life,’ she said.
She said her friends and family were proud of her twerking success and dismissed people that criticise the raunchy dance move saying ‘to be honest they probably just can’t dance.’
The double’s winner who scooped a £400 prize were a pair of sisters who call themselves Shannon X2, from Harrow, in north-west London
The 18 and 20-year-old’s faces were covered with balaclavas as they danced on the small stage, but they denied it was because they were ashamed.
The older sister, who wore a black balaclava and brightly-patterned leggings with a dark crop top told The Sun: ‘I felt it was an advantage because me and my sister wanted to be judged purely on our twerk skills, not our looks.
‘If our faces are covered they have to look at our a**** only.
‘We combined balaclavas with crop tops and patterned leggings.
‘You have to showcase more effort to see the jiggle through the fabric — so that’s why we don’t wear shorts.’
A ‘jelly round’ saw the girls standing still and shaking without moving their feet.
The event had an 18 age limit and the pumped-up crowd went crazy during the grand finale round where the girls twerked upside-down while being held up by a male audience member.
Event organiser, Harry Anthony, from Jump Off TV, told MailOnline the event was sold out very quickly and he hopes the competition will become an annual event.
‘The crowd had an incredible time. They never stopped making noise and we’re getting requests about when the next event is. We are most definitely looking to make this an annual event and currently working on a UK tour to showcase the winners.’
Although twerking is currently in the media spotlight Mr Harry denied it was a recent phenomenon.
He said: ‘Booty shaking or what its now more commonly known as twerking has been part of hip hip culture for decades and is only getting the media spotlight because of Miley Cyrus’ attempts to try to twerk.’