How many twerkers does it take to break a world record? 250, according to the Guinness World Record judge, but New Orleans musician and the Queen of Bounce Big Freedia got 358 people to twerk simultaneously in Herald Square. We were to capture the magical moment.

“It would open a lot of doors and set history for bounce music and let the world know that we’ve been twerking for a long time. This is not new at all,” Big Freedia told Fuse. “Now it’s time to set the record.”


Here are the official rules on twerking:

1. Body must remain upright, with movement concentrated in hips
2. Participants can put hands on knees or hips for support
3. Twerking action cannot comes from knees – hips only
4. Freestyling or additional choreography not permitted – no hands on the ground, feet in the air, twirling, etc.
5. Twerking action must be synchronized, can be at own pace
6. All participants must twerk simultaneously for two minutes when Big Freedia gives the signal
7. Any performers who do not participate fully for the entire two minutes will be deducted from the final total

Ok, so the results were mixed but good effort, good effort! Here’s how it’s done best… EXCUSE!

(Picture: Yossera Bouchtia/ANIMAL New York, Edit: Aymann Ismail/ANIMAL New York)