Whole lotta shakin’ going on in Washington Square

Photos by Tequila Minsky

Photos by Tequila Minsky

Everyone is doing the Harlem Shake, including New York University students, who gathered in Washington Square last Friday to join in on the viral video trend that’s sweeping YouTube. The phenomenon combines a 1980s Harlem dance move (the Harlem Shake) with 30 seconds of an electronic dance track produced in 2011 by Baauer. It starts with one solo dancer gyrating (the “chicken man,” below left) as everyone else sits around placidly. Then, 18 seconds in, everyone jumps in and starts doing freaky freestyle moves, standing on their head, riding unicycles with angel wings on, or whatever. One segment was even filmed underwater. YouTube recently reported that more than 4,000 Harlem Shake videos were being uploaded every day, with a total of more than 44 million views as of last week. To view the N.Y.U. Harlem Shake, go to http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=harlem+shake+video+nyu&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35 .

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