By Jodi Guglielmi, A&E Editor
February 20, 2013
High Point University students gathered in the University Center courtyard to join in on the nation-wide phenomenon known as the “Harlem Shake.” On Feb. 2, a YouTube user named The Sunny Coast Skate (TSCS) posted the first video, featuring five teenagers from Queensland, Australia, that launched this Internet meme. Based off of the song by electronic musician Baauer, the meme has spurred the creation of over 40,000 spin-off videos. These 30-second long videos usually begin with a single person dancing to the song while being surrounded by uninterested bystanders. When the bass drops however, the video cuts to a crowd wearing wacky clothes and doing crazy convulsive dancing for the last 15 seconds of the video. The effect of these videos has put Baaur’s “Harlem Shake” at number one on iTunes.
To view the HPU Harlem Shake go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98K4Oo20L0 or search “Harlem Shake – High Point University Edition” on YouTube.