What is the “Harlem Shake” Viral Dance Craze?

New dance Internet meme sweeps nation

Since the “Harlem Shake” went viral on February 3rd various groups have shot videos of themselves doing the zany dance, and uploaded them to Youtube, The Week reports.

The dancing style in the video is derived from a Harlem Shake dance, of the early ’80s created in Harlem’s Rucker Park by a dancer named Al B, but it’s not exactly the same.

By February 15th, 25,000 Harlem Shake videos had been uploaded to Youtube, receiving over 120 million views. The videos last about 30 seconds and feature an excerpt from a 2012 song called “Harlem Shake” by electronic musician Baauer.

Read more at The Week.

 

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