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Behind the shake: Putting together Wayne State’s “Harlem Shake” video

The Harlem Shake is a “dancing” sensation that’s swept across the internet as of late and has become the meme du jour for YouTube. Although the moves in the popular videos bare little if any resemblance to the actual Harlem Shake, the meme has caught fire for a moment in time.

wayne-state-harlem-shake-detroitAt more than 40,000 views, the Wayne State Harlem shake has been one of the more successful local varieties. We talked to Jessica Archer, information officer at Wayne State University, about how it came about.

“The idea came from one of our web developers the Thursday before we recorded. We tried to pull it off on the same day, but we weren’t sure if we would have enough people. So, we created the Facebook event and let it build over the weekend while, we got the correct permissions,” said Archer.

They pulled more than 300 people together via Facebook, and it all came together in the WSU Student Center Building food court. Dancing banana and all.

What about the idea that the Harlem Shake was overdone? After all, there have been a lot of versions. Archer said she “was a little reticent to do it at first, but it was a total blast.”

So why do it?

“Because it’s fun,” said Archer. “Sure Wayne State is a serious urban research institution, but our students work hard all semester; they deserve to have a bit of fun.”

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