The next viral dance video sensation has arrived: it’s called the Harlem Shake – and we’re not just talking the hip-hop move from the ’80s. The video that started it all was a January 30th upload from video blogger Filthy_Frank,which included 4 people dressed in latex suits dancing to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” Within 3 weeks, 40,000 Harlem Shake parody videos have been uploaded, with over 175 million views. It has marked the end of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” craze (tissue, please) and led us to the new viral dance that’s sweeping the nation.
So exactly how do you make a Harlem Shake video? Well, it’s simple: you start out with one person disguised in a helmet or mask who kind of moves to the beat of the Baauer song, while everyone around him pays no attention. Fifteen seconds into the song, you throw in as many people as you can and everyone goes bananas, dancing and shaking like crazy.
The Harlem Shake has been performed across college campuses, at Google headquarters, on The Daily Show and even by cats and dogs. One of our favorite versions to date is this one filmed at Sea World. The best way to make sense of it is to just watch it. And if you haven’t partaken in one yet, you better hurry, because who knows what’s next!