So the new craze at the moment is The Harlem Shake. This new ‘style’ of dancing craze started around two/three weeks ago and already has over six million hits of several different youtube videos. The dance involves one person dancing alone wearing a helmet who then is joined by a crows of people who then all start dancing to the song by Baauer. Apparently the dance is nothing like the original which actually originated in 1981!

The Harlem shake is a dance that originally began in Harlem, New York, in 1981. It was based on an Ethiopian dance, the “Eskista.” Since its beginnings it has spread to other urban areas and became popular in music videos. The self-purported inventor of the dance was “Al B”, a Harlem resident. Because of its founder, the dance was originally called the “albee” in Rucker and Harlem, but then later became known as the Harlem shake.

The new dance craze has blown up with so many different people posting up their versions online for others to watch. Here are a few example, and even some from Coventry University!

Friends from my 6th form…



…its crazy! Most if not all these videos have 1000+ views on them as well so they are all getting viewed by many audiences and not just the people who created the videos friends.

This just proves that self made youtube videos can go viral in the space or a day or weeks. One of the first links I posted only had 100 views when I first watched it then 2 days later I went on it to show a friend and it already had 2000+ views!

This is very similar to the Gangnam Style dance that became the craze a few weeks ago. That song and dance also became an internet phenomenon with many people do their own versions of it.

Here is one of my favourite examples of a version of it…


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