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Will Miley make twerking mainstream?

Friday - 7/19/2013, 4:30pm  ET

WASHINGTON - It happened to the Harlem Shake. Before that the Tootsie Roll, Electric Slide and the Macarena.

The lifespan of a dance craze only lasts so long. But twerking still reigns as the hot new, yet controversial dance. Now at least one producer wants to feature pop star Miley Cyrus to show off her "twerking" addiction on a new album.

Twerking is a dance move that focuses on a person shaking their hips and butt, back and forth, up and down. To say it's suggestive would be an understatement.

And the dance move caught national attention earlier this year when students at a California high school were suspended for filming a video that demonstrated the move on school property. School officials said the move was offensive and lewd, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Cyrus posted a video of herself twerking in a unicorn costume, and it went viral.

Cyrus is seen dancing here to the 2011 song "Wop," by J.Dash.

Rapper Jay-Z refers to Cyrus's wiggle-wiggle-wiggle in his new song "Somewhere in America," including the lyrics "Twerk, Twerk, Miley, Miley, Miley."

According to Wikipedia, the first mention of twerking in hip-hop was in 1993. DJ Jubilee recorded the dance tune "Do The Jubilee All" which included the chant "twerk baby, twerk baby, twerk, twerk, twerk."

Lots of "How to Twerk" videos are now on YouTube. And, like the earlier dance crazes, twerking is now showing up in wedding videos.

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