“Harlem Shake“, not the hip hop dance style, is the title of a 2012 heavy bass instrumental track from Baauer. In February 2013, this song spawned a series of dance videos which went viral on YouTube somewhat like the Gangam Style. They began with a masked individual dancing alone in a group before suddenly cutting to a wild dance party featuring the entire group. Despite what the name suggests, the videos present a wide range of hip hop dances, including the Bernie, Twerking as well as improvisations.
If you haven’t seen the video already, here it is:
And now after YouTube, Harlem Shake is dominating other websites too! Here is the Harlem Shake bookmarklet. Now simply click on it when visiting any webpage and watch the magic. Also, try searching for “do the harlem shake” on YouTube (without the quotes) and be ready for a surprise!
And here’s the big one. HSMaker.com is a website whose sole purpose is to Harlem Shake-ify other websites with the meme. Simply type in any URL, and watch as it gets a case of the shakes.