UT students join 'Harlem Shake' viral video craze

Screen shot of the Tennessee swim team's 'Harlem Shake' video on YouTube.

Photo by YouTube screen shot

Screen shot of the Tennessee swim team's "Harlem Shake" video on YouTube.

Screen shot of the Tennessee swim team's 'Harlem Shake' video on YouTube.

Photo by YouTube screen shot

Screen shot of the Tennessee swim team's "Harlem Shake" video on YouTube.

University of Tennessee students are shaking it, along with thousands of others.

Thirty-one second videos of college students, children, office workers, sports teams and even moms and dads doing the "Harlem Shake" are flooding YouTube. They feature "it DJ" Baauer's bass heavy "Harlem Shake."

The odd series of viral videos begin with one person wearing a helmet or mask dancing solo while others are seemingly oblivious and going about their normal routine. (Picture office workers diligently working at their desks while someone is subtly dancing nearby - or on a desk.) When the bass line drops, the videos cut to a frenzy of everyone in room dancing.

Earlier this week, a Facebook invite was posted to the UTK Memes page asking students to participate in the making of a large-scale video. The invite asks that people gather in front of Ayres Hall at 4 p.m. dressed in costume and ready to shake.

Not a student? Never fear. Another 'Harlem Shake' video is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Market Square. This one is slated as "kid friendly" and asks participants to "bring a helmet, costumes, and plenty of props."

The craze appears to have begun with a Feb. 7 YouTube video of a father and son having fun "while mom was out." The video has been viewed more than 2 million times.

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Comments » 3

keepitreal4vols writes:

Social Media in its finest hour...

slugdiamond (Inactive) writes:

That is about the GAYEST video I have seen in a long time. Too bad the Pike boys aren't around anymore, they could provide an interesting take on the dancing.

ccjs writes:

Guess if you nothing more important to do in your life but act like a fool, it is okay.

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