Australia teens fuel 'Harlem Shake' dance craze
AFPSYDNEY--A group of Australian teenagers have sparked a Gangnam Style-like viral dance craze called the “Harlem Shake,”with their pelvis-thrusting moves inspiring tens of thousands of Internet copycat clips.
February 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The fivesome, from Australia's Sunshine Coast, have shot to fame with their 31-second clip “The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original),”which has been viewed more than 12 million times since being uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 2.
The video-sharing site said the clip by TheSunnyCoastSkate — which the five Australian skateboarding aficionados shot on a rainy day when they were bored cooped up inside — has led to an explosion of spinoffs.
“As of Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) the number of 'Harlem Shake' videos has increased to around 40,000 — based on video title — and those videos now have 175 million views,” YouTube said on its Australian trends blog.
The pelvis-thrusting clip starts with a helmeted man dancing unnoticed in a room full of people to a song called “Harlem Shake” by the up-and-coming Brooklyn DJ Baauer. A few seconds later, a number of people break into a wild dance, shaking and twisting, as the bass kicks in.