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City shakes in latest dance video meme

It's being done in offices, on school campuses, at home and even under water.

It's the Harlem Shake, the latest Internet "dance" craze that has people bouncing and shaking across the country, including in Fort Wayne.

Type in "Harlem Shake video" on YouTube.com and you can view about 217,000 videos – about 10 marked from Fort Wayne.

So exactly what is the "Harlem Shake"? For the unversed, it's a dance video meme that starts out with one person dancing alone while "Harlem Shake," by New York-based DJ Baauer, plays in the background. After about 15 seconds, when the bass drops, the lone dancer is joined by a crowd of other dancing people, usually wearing costumes, hats or other outfits doing inane activities with or without props.

Each video lasts a little more than 30 seconds.

At the hair salon Tangles, 6724 E. State Blvd., there was more than hair cutting going on, as a dancer in a motorcycle helmet kicks off the video and is later joined by people dressed as ballerinas, hula hooping and an older woman with a walker.

Co-owner Marsha Hicks said there was no practicing. The dancers, which included staff and a client, just went for it.

"We just like to have fun and stay up with the trends, even if it's not hair," she says.

The Fort Wayne TinCaps' "Harlem Shake" video starts out with mascot Johnny dancing alone in the locker room and is later joined by a group of other dancers dressed as a giant hamburger, red sauce packets, a banana and a whoopie cushion.

A whoopie cushion? In baseball?

Abby Naas, assistant director of marketing, says the whoopie cushion was part of a Halloween promotion for the TinCaps. In fact, all the costumes and items came from the prop closet that is used for activities during TinCaps games, she says.

Naas, who is dressed as one of the red sauce packets, says there is also a Pac-Man, "Star Wars" stormtrooper, a person inside a hamster ball and an upside down man among the dancers. "You may not notice it the first six times you see it," she says.

And that's just part of the fun of watching the videos, trying to figure out what each person is doing.

So far the video has gotten a great response, Naas says. As of Monday, it has received more than 2,500 views on YouTube.

She says the staff decided to do the video after seeing other sports team's postings, and they wanted to do "something new and fun and use the different items" that have been stored away.

However, those items could make another appearance during the games when the season begins April 11, Naas says. So might the "Harlem Shake" video.

trich@jg.net

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