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NY Bops To The Harlem Shake

posted 17 Feb 2013, 10:18 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 17 Feb 2013, 10:19 ]

Hot on the heels of South Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style", a new dance craze called the 'HarlemShake' is going viral on YouTube. In Harlem, New Yorkers participate by showing off their own versions of the dance move.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORKUNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 15, 2013) (REUTERS) -  The Harlem Shake began as a dance in the 1980's but the latest version featured on a flood of online videos is an electronic dance track by 23-year-old Brooklyn DJ, Baauer, who released the single last year with the record label Mad Decent.

The video starts with one person, often masked, dancing while everyone else in the room pays no attention but when the chorus kicks in they all join in - usually wearing crazy costumes or carrying props.

YouTube said the craze appeared to have started with a posting by a video blogger. It quickly went viral quickly, with more than 12,000 Harlem Shake videos posted from the beginning of February, and seen up to 44 million times in about two weeks.

"It's fun and it helps people let loose and stuff," said Aleysha Williams, who showed off her interpretation of the dance in HarlemNew York.

"I think it's a neat dance," said Latoya Williams, as she watched her daughter Aleysha do the shake.

"It has to do a lot with Harlem, which is the type of place that's about music and a lot of things that come from here is great. Dancing, a lot of artists, so I think that it's great that it's a nice dance for kids to pass on."

Visiting from LondonDaisy Warren shared her Harlem Shake move, or what she refers to as a celebratory goal-scoring dance.

"I love it. I think it's really great. Everyone's always adding their own twist to it and stuff, so it's always individual, I think, so everyone has their own techniques," said Warren.

But not everyone's a fan of the new craze.

"That's more of, like, a boy dance, I think, because it wouldn't look right if a girl would do it," said New Yorkresident Shaqua Kesey.

"But not me."

Harlem Shake has a way to go to top "Gangnam Style" which made history last December when it became the first ever video on YouTube to reach one billion views.

But the latest figures show one office version of Harlem Shake, receiving over 10 million hits.