Leadership students show CHS spirit with 'Harlem Shake'

CHS Harlem Shake

More than 100 students, faculty and athletic staffers appeared in the Crestview High School "Harlem Shake" YouTube production, organizers said.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

CRESTVIEW — After the success of last year's lipdub, the Crestview High School leadership class was hard-pressed to top the YouTube video, which has surpassed 200,000 views.

The current "Harlem Shake" rage inspired students to produce a 35-second version. In the viral Internet dance videos, a person or two "spontaneously" start dancing to the song "Harlem Shake" by dance music composer Baauer. Fifteen seconds later, the scene cuts to a group of people, many costumed, performing a wild dance.

The first of this meme, or Internet fad, originated last month and resulted in thousands of homemade videos uploaded to YouTube. The videos typically last about 30 seconds.

The Crestview High version concludes with an impromptu pep rally, though on a smaller scale than last year's lipdub.

"We were trying to do something like the lipdub but a little bit different," senior Alex Andrews said.

To produce the video, leadership students under teacher Stephanie Sanders's guidance asked alumnus Ben White, who created the lipdub, to return to his alma mater. White shot the production in two segments on March 7. The first 15 seconds were shot during second period; the balance was produced that afternoon, Alex said.

"We met around the Bulldog at 2:30 and by 2:45 we were out of there," he said. "It was a lot of fun. I think it was a good way to get out word about how much fun Crestview High is without doing the lipdub. And it didn't take near as much prep as the lipdub."

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