Egypt Arrested Students Dancing “Harlem Shake”

Goodbye Gangnam Style. Hello Harlem Shake.

For those who have just finished their own rendition of the Gangnam style dance then you are in for a surprise.

There’s a new trend in town. Harlem Shake is the latest dance craze gaining worldwide recognition and popularity.

Relevant to this latest trend, four students were arrested, for mimicking the viral dance craze, in Cairo, Egypt on February 23rd, Sunday.

The four pharmaceutical students removed most of their clothes and videotaped themselves while performing the pelvis-thrusting dance, and neighbors who viewed the video assaulted the students and accused them of committing “a scandalous act”. It also led to their arrest, the police said.

Egypt has a strict public indecency laws, AFP reported.

The Harlem Shake, originally called the albee, is a dance introduced in 1981 by a Harlem resident named Al B. The dance became a mainstream in 2001 when G. Dep featured it in his music video “Let’s Get It”.

Al B claimed the dance is “a drunken dance” patterned from the ancient Egyptian mummies, citing that since they are all wrapped up, all they could do was shake.

In the early February 2013, an unrelated song entitled “Harlem Shake” originally uploaded on YouTube on May 10, 2012, went viral and became an Internet meme.

The dance done in the video was not the Harlem Shake and must not be confused with the original.

The video was uploaded on February 2nd by five teenagers from Queensland, Australia known on YouTube as The Sunny Coast Skate, which was a follow-up to a video by a YouTube comedy “vlogger” named Filthy Frank, which featured several costumed people dancing to the tune of the song “Harlem Shake” by Baauer, an electronic musician.

Usually, a video begins with one helmeted or masked person gyrating to the tune, then continues with others joining in, often wearing minimum of clothes or crazy costumes while wielding odd props.

Prominent people and celebrities and even sports enthusiasts worldwide were documented doing the dance, as reported.

Last March 1st, Fox uploaded the “Homer Shake”, an animated version, on YouTube, which featured the Simpson family dancing to the eponymous song, as posted online.

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