The Harlem Shake Virus

The Harlem Shake is back. The well known dance that has took the nation by storm again due to trending and viral videos throughout the Internet over the past month. In the early 2000s, the Harlem Shake dance was brought to you mainstream through Hip Hop Artist G-Dep’s hit songs, Let’s Get It and Special Delivery. The movement dissipated in the mid-2000s, but now it’s become a humorous and trendy dance routine throughout YouTube. Check out some of the most popular videos.


Origin of the Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake started back in Harlem, NY (of course) in 1981 by a known dancer named “Al B”. The Harlem Shake was originally called the “albee” before it was named the “Harlem Shake” due to its introduction in the Harlem Rucker Park tournament. Al B called the dance, “a drunken shake anyway, it’s an alcoholic shake, but it’s fantastic, everybody appreciates it.” He said it comes from the ancient Egyptians and describes it as what the mummies used to do. Because they were all wrapped up, they couldn’t really move, all they could do was shake. 

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