KUSA - From 9NEWS to nursing homes, the 'Harlem Shake' dance trend is taking the state of Colorado by storm.
The Harlem Shake, originally called the "albee" in Harlem, is a dance that started in 1981. The dance became mainstream in 2001 when G. Dep featured the Harlem shake in his music video "Let's Get It."
"Harlem Shake" is a song by Baauer, an American producer from Brooklyn, N.Y. The song was uploaded to YouTube on May 10, 2012 and went viral in February 2013 after an Internet meme got popular.
The videos last 30-something seconds and feature an excerpt from the song "Harlem Shake" by Baauer. Usually, a video begins with one person (often helmeted or masked) 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 Harlem Shake is technically very easy for fans to reproduce, as it consists of a single locked camera shot and one jump cut. Nonetheless, the simplicity of the concept allows fans considerable scope in creating their own distinctive variant and making their mark, while retaining the basic elements.
In its simplest form, it could be made with two people; a more sophisticated version might even involve a crowded stadium. Moreover, there is a level playing field for celebrities and fans alike, with no guarantee of success for either group. There is a strong vein of humour running through each video that is not dependent on language, further increasing its potential to spread virally.
After a while, organizations across the country started making their own versions.
University of Northern Colorado appears to be the first Colorado university to jump on the dance-craze bandwagon here, http://bit.ly/ZnyVJi
Do you ever wonder how Frontier Airlines flight crews pass the time during a layover? Two words: Harlem Shake here, http://bit.ly/12PIxx2
Golden West Senior Living in Boulder made a Harlem Shake video that features various characters including an older man jamming on a walker, http://bit.ly/ZbIJSF
Metro State University-Denver students submitted their own version of the Harlem Shake in an office in the Tivoli on Feb. 13 here, http://bit.ly/W0sgUn
Harlem Shake in the hospital? Penrose Hospital couldn't resist doing the Harlem Shake here, http://bit.ly/XLrJn7. Penrose Hospital is a part of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, a 522-bed acute care facility in Colorado Springs. The disclaimer on their viral video reads: "No chickens, penguins, patients or dancers were harmed in the filming of this video. The patient portrayed is not a real patient of Penrose-St. Francis. Patient care throughout the hospital was not impacted in the making of this film. The operating room was sterilized after the filming of this video."
Colorado State jumped on the bandwagon on Valentine's Day here, http://bit.ly/11Rs4ct
Skiiers even took to the Copper Mountain slopes to show how they do the Harlem Shake here, http://bit.ly/XoSoFt
The University of Denver version of the Harlem Shake features their mascot and, by all accounts, someone dressed as Gumby here, http://bit.ly/VnEg26
9NEWS didn't want to be left out of the trend, so they gathered their weekend morning news crew and did their own version of the Harlem Shake here, http://bit.ly/XXjGnw
The Colorado School of Mines students decided to do the Harlem Shake in the middle of scenic downtown Golden, http://bit.ly/XN0C7I:
Southwest Airlines in Denver decided to make their own version of the Harlem Shake too here, http://bit.ly/YxB7cv
University of Colorado in Boulder decided to make their own version on Feb 16, http://bit.ly/Xg8thJ
Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora did the Harlem Shake and posted it on YouTube here, http://bit.ly/153KJzV. The real question is, can you spot Missy Franklin?
CU also made another version here, http://bit.ly/XZr3KY
The University of Northern Colorado claims they made the 'biggest Harlem Shake' video in Colorado here, http://bit.ly/XwwmAo. You be the judge.
Arvada West High School seniors got together to make their own Harlem Shake video here, http://bit.ly/15vk7ZE.
Colorado College made their own version and uploaded it to YouTube on Feb. 13, http://bit.ly/135jeTv, but the video was later removed due to "copyright infringement.
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