News Release

"Harlem Shake" at SCSU

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The hottest Internet meme is alive-and-kicking in the middle of Minnesota.

To-date, St. Cloud State entities have produced six versions of the "Harlem Shake" dance-video, a craze that erupted worldwide in February. There are numerous off-campus versions, as well.

"Harlem Shake," by Harry "Baauer" Rodrigues, was released commercially in June 2012. Sales exploded in February when a 30-second YouTube version sparked more than 3,000 imitation videos, according to Wikipedia.

A YouTube keyword search produces nearly 97,000 results, not all of which are the meme videos of the moment. Harlem Shake also refers to a 1981 dance style, with Ethiopian origins, that emerged from the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. 

Embedded below is the UTVS News version.

Here are links to versions by the Cloud Crazies (a Husky Hoops fan group), Campus Recreation, SCSU Athletic Training, Sherburne Hall and Atwood Underground.

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