When Miley Cyrus needed to learn how to twerk, she turned to Amazon.

No, we're not talking about Amazon.com's wide selection of twerking merchandise — we're referring to Amazon Ashley, a 6'7" burlesque star who taught Miley everything she knows about the butt-bouncing dance move.

In Touch Weekly interviewed the statuesque dancer for its September 30 issue, which is on newsstands now.

She recounts that she became Miley's twerking tutor by happenstance — they met at the raucous Los Angeles nightclub Beacher's Madhouse and became fast friends.

But now, after Miley's now-infamous performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in August, "the student has become the teacher," Amazon raves. "She's taken it to a whole new level.

"We didn't think people would be talking about it on CNN," she adds.

Luckily, Miley hasn't forgotten her roots. She gave Amazon a cameo role in her "We Can't Stop" music video and even invited her to join her on-stage at the VMAs.

The Party Queen certainly isn't the originator of the low-dipping dance move, but she is the one who made "twerking" a household term and a craze bound to remembered in the 2013 pop culture zeitgeist.

And we're glad to know Amazon's role — so that we can give credit where credit is due, for better or worse!

Source: In Touch Weekly

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Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!