CMU gets weird with Harlem Shake

Taylor Nagy prepares to “get weird” at Colorado Mesa University’s shooting of the “Harlem Shake” video. Over 1,000 students filled Brownson Arena to shoot the 45 second video.

What does a jumping banana have in common with an 80s dancer, a human mustard bottle and a shirtless cowboy walking on his hands? Absolutely nothing.

Over 1,000 Colorado Mesa University students “got weird” as they dressed in their craziest costumes on Monday night to shoot footage for their own version of the “Harlem Shake” video.

Whitney Rowe, Patrick Wall, Veronica Rodriguez and Jordan Price organized the dance video after thousands of “Harlem Shake” videos went viral and plastered YouTube.

“All of these big-time schools and universities around the country were making their own videos and we wanted to show how great CMU really is,” said Wall, otherwise known as the guy in the box costume. “It’s a great way to get exposure for this growing campus and university.”

The new “Harlem Shake” videos begin with a masked individual dancing alone in a group before suddenly cutting to a wild dance party. The dance videos are a hybrid of the “Harlem Shake Dance,” which originated in the Harlem dance scene, and the electronic body-shaking music of today.

“It’s just another thing for us to have fun with,” said Tammy Bishop, as she gyrated in her banana costume. “It’s an excuse to dress crazy and dance.”

A gorilla snatched Bishop and disappeared into the dancing wave of weirdness. Remnants of a banana costume were found after the shooting of the video.

While the “Harlem Shake” videos are sweeping the Internet, some natives of Harlem have taken offense to the new rendition of the dance.

Several reaction videos show Harlem citizens criticizing the new dance, explaining how “it is a disgrace to the real Harlem Shake.” Another video featured a Harlem man saying, “Ya’ll need to stop this fake Harlem Shake and do something else with your time.”

The new videos show no signs of slowing down, with around 4,000 “Harlem Shake” videos uploaded every day.

Check out CMU’s Harlem Shake video at to see dancing condiments and other things you probably never thought you’d see dancing. Get a behind the scenes look at


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