[Miranda Larbi | Metro]

Ever gone to the club and wished that you could take over the dance floor with some jaw-dropping butt moves?

Sure, we might think we’re Nicki Minaj after our fourth shot of tequila but most of the time, we look and feel like idiots.

But if you really do want to learn to twerk like the dancehall queen you know you could be, then you need to head down to Kelechi Okafor’s studio in Peckham.

Kelechi teaches twerking and pole dancing lessons and when we tried out her twerk class, we left not only feeling ready to take on the Trini float at Carnival, but also drenched in sweat.

Gyms are really missing a trick not teaching this kind of dance which sees you working through a whole range of motions – digging down into muscles that rarely get used so intensely (here’s looking at you, glutes and hip flexes!).

These classes attract a whole roster of women of all races, ages, backgrounds. If you think you’re ‘too white’ or ‘too rigid’ to twerk, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Kelechi probably the most impressive person I’ve met in a long time.

A supreme athlete, she’s also an incredibly powerful personality – working to empower women via dance.

"My work is all about reclaiming... Reclaiming history and reclaiming self."

— Kelechi Okafor

‘My work is all about reclaiming,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.

‘Reclaiming history and reclaiming self. Society dictates to us whether we deserve to love our bodies based on skin colour and body shape. we have to reject these narratives and love ourselves because of our sexiness and power.’

Because let’s not forget – pole and twerk are inexorably linked to sexiness. And unlike some instructors who try to remove that aspect from their classes, Kelechi embraces it.

‘Pole dance and twerk are ways in which women can connect or reconnect with their sensuality. There is so much power in embracing your humanity, your femininity and your sensuality,’ she explains. ‘You increase confidence because of the exploration of self and you become more physicality fit. It’s a win-win.