The Harlem Shake wedding dance is the latest craze to follow the ever-so-popular Gangnam Style. At weddings, parties and even workplaces across the World, people are taking part in the Harlem Shake dance.
Wedding Harlem Shake
The Harlem Shake first began in New York in the 1980’s and has been used in a handful pop videos since but it’s only in the last few months that a new, revamped version has gone viral. It’s not just at weddings but in offices, nightclubs, supermarkets and even underwater, that people have been recording their own attempt at the Harlem Shake dance.
What is the Harlem Shake and how do I do it?
The dance accompanies a new tune from an American DJ called Baauer and typically the Harlem Shake will start with one person in a group doing a random move repeatedly. At this point the others in the room are going about their usual business and ignoring the person gyrating in a strange manner but then, as the chorus starts and the bass kicks in, all of the others in the room spontaneously react and start doing their own random dance moves in time to the music.
Couple the unusual moves with equally weird items of clothing and you have the Harlem Shake! Some people will wear a dustbin on their head, some will carry a flag, others will parade around in their underwear and some people dance on tables. The idea is to be momentarily random.
The beauty of the Shake is that there are no set dance moves, there are no routines to learn and anybody can join in. There is no right or wrong way to do the Harlem Shake, it’s purely down to interpretation and having fun.
We’re regularly asked to play the Harlem Shake at weddings and parties and with people filming their antics and uploading to Youtube, this is the latest dance craze to spread around the World.
About the author: Simon Ross is co-founder and joint Director at Live Events Group, a Wedding DJ and Mobile Disco Hire company in the UK.