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Harlem Shake dance craze reaches Croydon

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THE Harlem Shake dance craze has made its way to Croydon, with videos uploaded by students, Crystal Palace cheerleaders The Crystals and showing clubbers at town centre nightspots. The Crystals' 30-second video clip, which was uploaded last week, has already had 660,000 views on YouTube. The cheerleaders' previous efforts include a take on Psy's Gangnam Style, which has now had more than 1.4million hits, and a video for Carly Rae Jepson's Call Me Maybe. This clip was filmed at Rehab nightclub in Croydon, while the one below was filmed at Bad Apple. Another video uploaded this week was reportedly filmed at a school in the borough, but it is unclear which. The Harlem Shake craze, dubbed the Gangnam Style of 2013, sees one dancer bopping away to Baauer's tune before the bassline drops and the scene cuts to a room full of people throwing themselves around. There are no specific dance moves, but many clips show those involved in fancy dress and helmets. Among the most-viewed Harlem Shake videos are those uploaded by the Norwegian Army, the University of Texas at Austin and one in New York's Times Square featuring the NYPD. Baauer's YouTube sensation is the first beneficiary of a policy which allows viral sensations to become hit records. A change to the rules of the US singles chart has sent Harlem Shake to No 1. However, residents of Harlem have hit out at the videos, which they say are 'misinformed' and 'disrespectful' of the New York district's culture. "They're playing around with it, they're not taking it serious," says one disgruntled resident in a new video. "It [the Harlem Shake] is actually an art form, a dance art form, that doesn't have the respect that it should deserve," says another.

Harlem Shake dance craze reaches Croydon


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