‘Harlem Shake’ takes over Franciscan

BY EMILY LAHR

harlem shakeWhile YouTube has been flooded with different versions of the Harlem Shake, households at Franciscan University of Steubenville have been performing their own versions.

The Harlem Shake has been performed in various dorms, the cafeteria, the library and the J.C. Williams Center. One of the first households to upload a video was women’s household Theotokos, which performed in the John Paul II Library and the J.C. Williams Center. The men’s household Disciples of the Word also did a flash mob of the Harlem Shake.

Women’s household Madonna of the Streets performed the Harlem Shake to surprise their intents as part of their induction process.

Brie Lund, a senior and member of the Madonna of the Streets said the intents were all in the common room for intent formation night while the household sisters waited for them in the lobby dressed in crazy and unique outfits

“We raided the kitchen and found as many random objects to make it pretty ridiculous,” said Lund.

Madonna of the Streets member Chrissy Casazza started the dance and the others joined in. Lund said the intents were surprised and excited.

Lund said it was special for her since it was her last semester and last time inducting new members.

According to the “Independent” publication, the Harlem Shake has been watched by more than 700 million people around the world in a matter of one month.

A DJ known as “Baauer” released the song the “Harlem Shake” in May 2012, but the song went viral when the first comedy video, featuring five Australian teenagers dancing wildly around a room, was uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 2, 2013.

Since then, the Norwegian army, Manchester City FC, and TV’s “The Simpsons,” among many others, have produced their own versions of the Harlem Shake. The moves have even been performed as a flash mob on an airplane by a Colorado ultimate team.

What looks like flying limbs and twisting torsos was originally inspired by a 69-year-old retired childcare worker and mother of 12 children.

According to DNAinfo.com, it was Sandra Boyce’s dance moves that inspired her second-oldest son, Albert Leopold Boyce, to create the dance that started off as the “Al B.” Boyce would perform the dance in the 1980s at the Entertainer’s Basketball Classic tournament at Harlem’s iconic Rucker Park, according to tournament founder and CEO Greg Marius.

During the halftime show, Boyce would wander down to the court to show off his mother’s moves. Sandra Boyce said he used her moves and added the shake. In 2006, Albert Boyce died at the age of 43 from heart failure due to excessive drinking. Sandra Boyce is thrilled with the explosion of the Harlem Shake on YouTube. She said it helps her keep her son’s memory alive.

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