MAPOUKA- IVORY COAST: The Original Twerking Dance?
Mapouka is a West African dance style mainly performed by women and is said to be one of the original source of ‘twerking’ now a popular dance type. This “traditional” dance is said to have originated from Ivory Coast, and is commonly referred to as “la danse du fussier” or “the dance of the behind”. Apparently, the globally renowned “Twerking dance” is said to have been created using Mapouka as a template. Furthermore, this dance was created and developed by people belonging to the Aizi, Alladian, and Avikam communities respectively.
History/origin of the Mapouka:
According to the cultural history of Ivory
Costumes used in the Mapouka:
There is no particular costume that needs to be worn while performing this dance form.
Music involved in the Mapouka:
Percussion instruments mainly drums (i.e. talking drum) are mostly used in this dance form.
Training availability and the technique involved in the Mapouka:
In terms of technique, this dance involves vigorous shaking of the hips. In addition, the performer also needs to maintain a slightly bent posture while performing. As for training schools/