Bust a Move: Dance Crazes We Loved and Still Do

March 20, 2011  |  

Harlem Shake (see 3:10+)
Even if you were no where near or had never been to Harlem, there’s no denying the popularity of the Harlem Shake in the early 2000s. Said to have started as early as ’81, the dance finally made a splash in the video for the song “Let’s Get It” by Diddy protege G-Dep in 2001. I have a feeling it had something to do with the adorable kids with undeniable swank that set it off. Kids make anything interesting. But people were doing this dance just because, even when the song didn’t account for pulling it out. If you’ve forgotten, the dance starts with a lot of shoulder shaking and arm movement, and if you’ve got it down pat, you can kick a leg up and pause, throw your arms above your head and pretty much do the absolute most.

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