Harlem Shake

There’s a new dance craze in town called the Harlem Shake.

Here, the UGA men’s swim and dive team take a breath-holding crack at the HS: underwater! Kudos, Speedo-clad student athletes.

This new wave of the HS originated with a song by Baauer, which spawned several Youtube videos. The top hit features a guy in a helmet, jerking his body around in a room full of people who seem less than amused.  After a jump cut, everyone joins in the  body -jerking and 20 seconds later, it’s all over.

If the Harlem Shake sounds familiar, you’re probably reminiscing about the 2001 version of the dance.  Rapper, Fabolous’s, video for Young’n Holla Back features a lil girl in a pink shirt showing her Uptown moves on the subway.  Watch for her at the 2:10 and 3:00 mark.

I admire the rhythm and skill needed to perform 2001’s HS  yet the spontaneity and randomness involved in 2013’s Harlem Shake videos have me clicking replay.  Which Harlem Shake video and version do you prefer?  Post the links to your favorites in the comments section.

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