Thousands of people are making YouTube dance videos to the song "The Harlem Shake, "
The original Harlem Shake video was shot in a dorm room.Thousands of amateur dance videos to the song "The Harlem Shake" by Brooklyn trap and bass artist and producer Baauer have flooded YouTube in the last two weeks, with some clips receiving millions of views.
As of 10 a.m. Friday morning, over 5,000 "Harlem Shake" videos had been posted to the website in the last 12 hours.
The original 31-second video for the song, entitled "The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS Original)" earned nearly 8 million views since YouTube user TheSunnyCoastSkate posted the dorm room dance video on February 2.
An early copycat version by user hiimrawn called "Harlem Shake v3 (office version)" that takes place in, you guessed it, an office, has earned over 10 million YouTube views. That video is also 31 seconds long.
The "Harlem Shake" video has even inspired copycat videos from such diverse fans as the Norwegian Army, "The Today Show" hosts and Jon Stewart. There is also a popular internet MEME.
But how do you do the Harlem Shake?
It's not really a dance, well there was a dance with the same name that Sisqo started in Harlem in the 1980s, but that has nothing to do with this "Harlem Shake."
To make your own "Harlem Shake" video, you need one friend to wear a mask and dance like no one's watching for 15 seconds, while you and the rest of your friends pretend not to notice.
When you hear the phrase "do the Harlem Shake," everybody dances.
Think the finale of "Napoleon Dynamite" or that little girl's moves from "Little Miss Sunshine."
You just did "The Harlem Shake."
Check out the dorm room video that started it all: the original "Harlem Shake" YouTube clip: