Have you noticed the videos all over social media lately of people doing the “Harlem Shake?” First, the craze was flash mobs, then dancing to Carly Rae Jepsen‘s hit ”Call Me Maybe,” and now the “Harlem Shake.”
My boyfriend (bless him) played the song for me while on vacation in Denver, saying “babe, there’s a song on Sirius that I think would be perfect for your spin classes.” Once I heard it, I loved it and agreed that it would rock in my classes. Then I started seeing all these videos of the ‘Harlem Shake’ on YouTube (“about 195,000 results”) that honestly just left me puzzled. I just didn’t get why there were so many versions streaming online. Flash mobs and “Call Me Maybe” dances I get as they are mind blowing, entertaining, and quite funny. But, people in offices wearing masks doing awkward dance moves? Hmmm….I am trying so hard to get it…just cannot!
Soooo, it made me even more curious when multiple students kept coming up to me asking if we’d be doing the “Harlem Shake” in class. I decided to Google “What is the Harlem Shake?” and it directed me to Wikipedia: “’The Harlem Shake,’ originally called the Albee, is a dance introduced in 1981 by a Harlem resident named “Al B.” The dance was initially referred to as “albee” after his name, but later became known as the Harlem Shake as its prominence grew beyond the neighborhood. The dance became mainstream in 2001 when G. Dep (which stands for “Ghetto Dependent”) featured the Harlem Shake in his music video “Let’s Get It.”
Ok….but still, why now? Why is everyone posting their versions of the Harlem Shake on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter? I wasn’t blown away by any of the versions I saw…until this evening when I found “The Real, Real, Real Harlem Shake!”
Now…I am entertained, blown away, and have found a new obsession :). If this is what the Harlem Shake really is and looks like, then PLEASE sign me up NOW! I am obsessed with the girl in the green shirt. She CAN move and I want to move like her! HOLY MOLY WOW! Who agrees with me?
I’ll admit that after seeing this video, I’m much more motivated to create my version of the Harlem Shake. Anyone else with me and interested? If so, please comment below or let me know when you come to class.
One last thing: my goal is to locate the girl in the green shirt to teach us all everything she knows…now are you in?