My Harlem Shake brings all the boys to the yard

Gwendolyn Ducre

The Harlem Shake is back, but not in the same way it was when it debuted in the early 2000s.

Since the beginning of February, the famous ‘shimmy’ dance has been reinvented and is now more viral than ever before.

Today, people from all over the world are becoming a part of the new Harlem Shake movement that is now being called a “craze.”

The Harlem Shake dance of today was created by techno-pop DJ Baauer.

The craze is a response to the popular dance “Gangnam Style.”

The idea of the dance is when the beat drops, you dance like you typically would if no one is watching.

The song has been made the official soundtrack for The Harlem Shake.

The song made the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts within a matter of weeks from the day it was released.

ULM students have even posted a series of Harlem Shake videos.

Chris Williams, a sophomore kinesiology major, directed a Harlem Shake video in the SUB on Feb. 22, with the help of some ULM students.

Williams said after seeing all the videos online and even seeing the first video that ULM students did in the cafeteria, he too wanted to have one of his own.

He said there was something about it that was “wild and crazy” that made him want to do it.

“The experience was crazy. To be able to bring so many people together who would probably never talk on campus and have them all go crazy like that is amazing. Never thought we would have such a good turnout,” Williams said.

There are at least two ULM uploaded videos on YouTube now and there will be more to come.

To check out ULM’s edition of the Harlem Shake, go to YouTube and type in “ULM Harlem Shake.”

The original Harlem Shake dance started as a hip-hop trend around the “baggy clothes” era. The “shimmy” like dance was popularized by rapper Lil’ Bow Wow.

Today’s pop culture dance craze is not exactly what the original dance looks like, but instead looks more like you’re moving your body freely.

The new YouTube craze started from five Australian teenagers. They uploaded a 30 second video on YouTube and the rest was history.

As their views went up, the more people began to upload videos of their own.

Now, there are more than 12,000 Harlem Shake videos on YouTube. People from all over have participated.