What Would Your Harlem Shake Video Look Like?

How to do the Harlem Shake

If you work with the internet, or even if you just like a bit of net surfing now and then, chances are you’ve seen The Harlem Shake. The Harlem Shake is basically a recent internet trend where a group of people act out a funny sketch which is then accompanied by the Harlem Shake music which was recorded by American DJ and producer Baauer back in 2012.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 6 months here’s what The Harlem Shake looks like.

Looks mad doesn’t it? Well if you’re thinking of unleashing your own Harlem Shake video along with your family and friends, there are a couple of things to consider.

Keep it insane

In the world of The Harlem Shake, anything goes. The more ridiculous, the better. If you want yours to stand out from the crowd (there’s literally hundreds of Harlem Shake videos on Youtube right now) go for something really, really out there. Like dressing up as a Rubix’s Cube, or something similar.

Don’t stick to the norm

So you’ve got an idea for what costume you’re going to wear. Now mix it up. Make sure it’s an obscure fancy dress costume like a Storm Trooper or maybe specific character like Bobba Fett, or go for something completely off the wall like dressing up as a slice of bacon. As they’re the dancers viewers of the videos remember the most.

Think of a theme

Harlem Shake vids tend to be an ‘edition’, leaving the content pretty self-explanatory. Fire-fighter Edition, Asian Grandma Edition, Gamer Edition – having a theme makes your video much more searchable. This Army Edition ended up being one of the more popular Harlem Shake videos.

There are literally hundreds of themes you could base your Harlem Shake video around, something like a video using Halloween themed costumes could look great too, if you’ve also got a few friends to help you out you could create a ‘Steampunk’ or a ‘Zombie’ edition however don’t be surprised, if it’s already been done though.

As I mentioned earlier a gaming themed Harlem Shake video is always good. Many Harlem Shakers have been slipping NIntendo’s very own Mario into their videos as it adds to the hilarity, for example:

Find a good space to set up the cam

It’s important you find somewhere that a camera can be set up on a tripod or placed on a solid surface; hand-held videos don’t look as good.

Now are you going to hold the Harlem Shake in the office? In the car park? Are you and some friends going to dance in a hallway or a bedroom? There’s really no limit there. As long as the shot is wide enough to capture all the action, you’re good to go.

Lastly, if you are going to include the kids in your own Harlem Shake you might want to explain what it is and how it works to them or they might end up reacting like these kids did:

Disclosure: This blog post was brought to you in association with Fancy Dress Ball.

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