Harlem shake hits the coast

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A GLOBAL dance craze has hit Blackpool.

People all over the world have been uploading films of themselves doing the “Harlem Shake”, ever since a group of Australian teenagers posted a video of themselves doing a silly dance to the song Harlem Shake by Baauer.

Members of Crossfit Blackpool with their version of the Harlem Shake. Standing, from left, Greg Brookes, Robert Whittam, Mark Windows, Sheena Aikman, Isabel Rogers, Jessica Large and Dervla McGrann. Front is John Embleton.

Members of Crossfit Blackpool with their version of the Harlem Shake. Standing, from left, Greg Brookes, Robert Whittam, Mark Windows, Sheena Aikman, Isabel Rogers, Jessica Large and Dervla McGrann. Front is John Embleton.

Their internet sensation went viral, being viewed by thousands of people and it wasn’t long before others tried their hand at doing something similar.

Now the phenomenon has come to Blackpool.

Niki Cooke, from South Shore, and his family became movers and shakers when they posted their video, which showed them doing all manner of crazy dancing to the tune.

And members of Crossfit Blackpool gym, based on Whitehills Business Park, donned weird and wonderful costumes – including a Mrs Santa outfit, a pink tutu, an oriental dress, a horse’s head, a Storm Trooper and a bumble bee.

Mark Windows, owner of Crossfit Blackpool, said: “The idea came to us as we’d seen other people doing the Harlem Shake online. And we hadn’t seen any other Crossfits in the UK doing it so we thought we would try to be the first.

“I put a message on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to come along after their workout and do it for a bit of fun and wear fancy dress.

“About 30 people came in and were up for it.

“We enjoyed it and everyone was up for the fancy dress. People of all ages joined in, including ladies in their 50s and 60s.”

Click here to watch the other Fylde based Harlem Shake videos:

HARLEM SHAKE - MISS FYLDE COAST

HARLEM SHAKE - COOKE FAMILY

Niki Cooke, from South Shore and his family – who were visiting from Stevenage, near London, joined in the fun by recreating the now world-famous video themselves too.

The 26-year-old, who works at Morrisons, said: “My family all live down south and we had seen this online, we thought it would be fun to re-enact.

“We couldn’t see any others from Blackpool, so thought really Blackpool should be represented.

“I was the one doing the push-ups, which was fine for the first take, but we took quite a few takes so I was getting quite tired!

“It was good fun though and the whole family joined in – my mum and dad, my sister Sonia and her boyfriend and my nine-year-old niece.”

And Miss Fylde Coast contestants also got in on the act, doing their Harlem Shake mid-contest on Sunday, in their ball-gowns and evening dresses.

HOW TO MAKE A HARLEM SHAKE VIDEO

• Begin with one person (often helmeted or masked) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or unaware of the dancing individual.

• When the bass drops, cut to the entire crowd doing a silly, convulsive dance for the next 15 seconds – wearing crazy outfits, while wielding strange props.

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