Do the Harlem Shake: UMKC to participate in national craze

U-News Staff

A year ago a DJ in New York called Bauer released an electronic dance track called ‘Harlem Shake.’

One year later, this track is likely to make it into the top five singles chart this week, powered by an Internet dance craze. According to YouTube, 4,000 videos are uploaded every day of people doing the Harlem Shake.

As of production there have been 12,000 versions of the popular Internet meme uploaded to, the popular video sharing service, YouTube.

The Los Angeles Times cited a number of reasons why it felt the meme was nearing its peak, including what it described as an “extravagant” departure from the meme’s humble origins, adoption by a very broad demographic including the elderly, choreographed corporate versions by ad agencies and marketing departments, apparent boredom of video participants, and significant departures from the original formula, such as the use of multiple camera angles and visual effects.

Usually, a video begins with one person (often helmeted) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or unaware of the dancing individual.

When the bass drops, the video switches to the entire crowd doing a crazy convulsive dance for the next 15 seconds. The dancing style should not be confused with the original Harlem Shake dance. Also, in the second half of the video, people often wear a minimum of clothes or crazy outfits or costumes while wielding strange props. The success of the videos was attributed to the anticipation of the breakout moment and short length.

An event on Facebook noted the future attempt of filming an unofficial UMKC version of this popular craze. Check out the QR code below for the event link.

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