Have you ever wondered how to dance the Harlem Shake that is so popular on the Internet? If so, then this article is for you! Rather, grab a WWII helmet and a banana suit. Let's do it.
Method 1 of 2: How to Make a Cool Harlem Shake Video
Step 1. Choose a custom setting
The beauty of Harlem Shake is that you can do it anywhere and with anyone (it's better if people can't dance). The more unusual the setting, the more interesting the result.
It is better to choose places where it will be legal to do it (although the Harlem Shake has already danced even on the plane). If you manage to do this in a fancy French restaurant or in chemistry class, it will be just perfect. The main thing is that the place is unexpected
Step 2. Gather a group of people
They should look normal and appropriate for the setting. A couple of people will be enough, but if you want the overall video to look better, then you need at least 6 people. No matter how many people you gather, the main thing is that they look normal.
The more variegated people participate, the better. Do you have a break dance friend? Super. Do you have a friend who will have to pay to participate in the video, but when he gives a pirouette to a Russian ballerina, everyone will just drop their jaws to the floor? Or better yet … do you have a friend who has an armadillo costume? Speaking of the costume …
Step 3. Find an unusual costume
If you and your friends are going to dance Harlem Shake just for fun, then you can just put on your pajamas and dance. But if you're going to blow up YouTube, you need something more spectacular. A certain "look" will work best, but in principle any costume that catches your eye will do.
- In most videos, each participant has their own personality. One guy in a gorilla suit in the background is doing some weird and weird things, another is playing a gangster, and another guy, for some reason, decided to swing a belt over his head while his pants fell to the floor. Whichever image you choose, the main thing is that it is bright!
- But on a side note, you should start the video in casual clothes that suit your surroundings. The whole point is to start completely ordinary and then BAM! Complete madness.
Step 4. Play the Baauer - Harlem Shake song
After a short time, ONE person should start dancing. They usually start on the left side of the screen and move to the right. In most cases, they wear some kind of headdress, which allows them to give free rein to their imagination!
Helmets, ski goggles, turkey - anything will do. And it doesn't need to be adequate. In fact, the more absurd the better. Even a simple blindfold will do
Step 5. When the chorus starts, everyone should start dancing
When we say "dance," we mean swing your limbs wildly as you please. The purpose of this video is not to look attractive or toe to 1 and 5. You can do whatever you want, as long as your movements match the electronic beat of the music.
- Do not be shy. Dance like nobody sees! You can close your eyes, then you will not see others. If you've ever wanted to pretend to be epileptic or possessed, then this is your chance! You've been waiting for this moment for years, haven't you?
- In most videos, there is a very obvious splicing between the two moments (when everything is normal and when everyone is dressed in costumes). You don't need to be a professional to do this.
- In this part of the video, one guy jumps from the side, some girl shakes her hair non-stop, and another guy dances in a giant squirrel costume. You probably have a friend who wants to just stand there and nod his head crazy. Every video has one.
Step 6. The video should not be longer than 45 seconds
One of the reasons the Harlem Shake is so popular is because the current ADHD generation has the patience to watch it. Everything happens quickly and to the point. If you make the video longer, it will be monotonous and boring. And how long are you ready to watch yourself go crazy?
Method 2 of 2: How to Perform the Original Movements from the Harlem Shake Video
Step 1. Alternately jerk it with your right and then with your left shoulder
Shrug your shoulder for each beat. "Pulling" here means quickly picking up and pulling to the side. The rest of the body must also move with each movement of the shoulder.
Your shoulders are sort of an arc from the inside to the outside. When you jerk with your left shoulder, your right hip should just start to move. The hips should follow the shoulders just a split second apart
Step 2. Move to the count of three
If you start moving your left shoulder, then move your left, right, left. Then move right, left, right. If you use music with a 4/4 beat, then you will move by half measures 1 or 2, for example.
Move faster and faster. Electronic dance music can be very fast, so it's important to keep up with it
Step 3. Start moving your arms
When you jerk your shoulders, your arms should be bent at the elbows, forearms and arms pointing in the opposite direction. Therefore, when you jerk your shoulder to the left, your arms should move to the right. When jerking your shoulder to the right, move your arms to the left. Clench your hands lightly into fists.
When you jerk your shoulder, it moves up a little. To enhance the effect, the other shoulder should be lowered slightly. When you use your arms, the movements will look nice and relaxed. Your hands will be slightly at different levels
Step 4. Add something of your own
Perform basic movements (move your shoulders and arms in different directions), add a little creativity. Raise your arms to shoulder level or above your head. Move your hands to the beat of the music (maybe shake your shoulders?) To add flavor. It's Harlem Shake!
When dancing to music in a 4/4 time signature (which is most common), alternate the movements for a count of three (1 and 2, 3 and 4) and a count of two (5, 6). You can jerk your shoulders five times on 1 and 2, 3, 4, and then five more times on 5 and 6, 7, 8
Step 5. Be aware that the dance itself is not at all the same as the popular video
Harlem Shake is a dance that originated in the 80s, not just a recent hit on YouTube, no matter what your friends tell you. In the popular video, everyone is dancing like crazy, nothing to do with the original dance.