Group of students doing the Harlem Shake

Harlem Shake Fever Hits Peterlee

Mon, 2002-02-25 00:00

Students from East Durham College today took part in their own version of the internet sensation the Harlem Shake.

The students put together the video in the Peterlee-based College’s atrium this morning with a number of students donning fancy dress costumes to feature in the video.

The dance was led off by fitness and coaching student Darren Humphries, 18, from Hutton Henry before he was joined by the rest of the student cast.

The basis of the video begins with one person (often helmeted or masked) dancing to the song, Harlem Shake by American DJ Baauer, alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or unaware of the dancing individual. When the bass drops, the video cuts to the entire crowd doing a crazy convulsive dance for the next 15 seconds.

College marketing director Alistair Cummins-MacLeod said: “We wanted to do this for a bit of fun and to create a buzz about the place, we certainly did that with over 300 students and staff watching the filming of the video.

“At the same time, it also helps raise awareness of the East Durham College brand and shows what an innovative and creative college we are.”

The version of the video originated from a video uploaded on February 2 by five teenagers from Queensland, Australia known on YouTube as The Sunny Coast Skate.  The video started a viral trend of people uploading to YouTube their own "Harlem Shake" videos

There is thought to now be around 40,000 Harlem Shake videos on YouTube with videos being uploaded at a rate of around 4,000 a day.

You can view the East Durham College Harlem Shake by clicking here.