'Harlem Shake' videos explode
In the '80s, the Harlem Shake referred to a popular dance move, but today, it's a body-shaking dance move done to the breakthrough 2012 single 'Harlem Shake.'
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM
Photo: Olatokunbo Betiku
Confess it: you've watched a YouTube video to learn a new dance move. Maybe it was Michael Jackson's moonwalk in "Thriller," Soulja Boy's Superman move in "Crank That" or, most recently, you learned to ride the pony from Psy in "Gangnam Style." Now, there's a new viral video that has a new dance for you to master: "Harlem Shake."
Back in the '80s, the Harlem Shake referred to a popular dance move, but today, it's the biggest new trend in viral video — a body-shaking dance move done to the breakthrough 2012 single "Harlem Shake" from Brooklyn-based music producer Baauer. Like with "Gangnam Style ," variations on the original Harlem Shake video posted just two weeks ago are taking YouTube by storm. More than 135 videos featuring the Harlem Shake have been identified by Visible Measures, a social video analyst firm.
Spoofs have surpassed the original video in popularity. With more than 10 million views, the "Harlem Shake (office edition)" spoof sits at No. 1 in Visible Measures top 10 list of "Harlem Shake" spoofs, followed by an underwater version from University of Georgia's swim team. (Search YouTube for "Harlem Shake" and start with "best of" videos.)
"Harlem Shake" has spilled over onto other platforms, as well, such as GifBoom with a slew of animated dance GIFs and Vine , Twitter's 6-second video app. It's everywhere. But don't worry; all you really need to do to master this move is a simple shake and thrust.
Check out SeaWorld San Antonio's take on the Harlem Shake in the video below.
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