Harlem Shake surprise for Preston shoppers

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We’ve had Gangnam Style now the Harlem Shake is sweeping Preston.

Hundreds of nimble-limbed people took unsuspecting shoppers by surprise when they broke out in a dance frenzy on the city’s Flag Market for an impromptu mass dance-off.

Street: Harlem Shake on Preston Flag Market

Street: Harlem Shake on Preston Flag Market

From schoolchildren to shoppers, office workers and students, they braved the biting winds to strut their stuff in the first impromptu mass dance-off.

Top Free Running and Parkour Team The Street Monkeys organised the mammoth boogie along with Rock FM as part of a drive to raise awareness for the Cash 4 Kids charity in Preston.

Sean Delaney from the Monkey’s said: “ It was a very impulsive thing and we put messages out over the radio and social networks as well as our website to let people know that we wanted to do a mass dance in the middle of the city centre.”

Participants were encourage to wear fancy dress and Sean was delighted when groups began turning up in their droves.

He said: “ It went really, really well. There were people in fancy dress, people in onesies, Mickey and Minnie were there. It was mental.”

The event lasted just a few seconds after Courage the Cat, the charity’s mascot started the dance. Within seconds the Flag Market was alive with people shaking, waving their arms around doing their own thing on the stone-flagged dance floor.

Harlem Shake is the latest dance craze sweeping the country based on internet The videos last between 30 and 32 seconds and feature an excerpt from the song “Harlem Shake” by electronic musician Baauer.

Usually, a video starts 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, the video cuts to the entire crowd doing a crazy convulsive dance for the next 15 seconds.

The dancing style is nothing like the original Harlem Shake dance.

Various groups that have made videos of themselves doing the Harlem Shake include the staff of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a squadron of the Norwegian Army, basketball players from the Dallas Mavericks,football players from Manchester City.

You can see the final video here