The "Harlem Shake" is performed by acting "normal" in the first 10 seconds of a video and after the first 10 seconds , you're doing random acts that makes you look like a primitive fool.
One example of the Harlem Shake is a young black male jerking off in front of what looks to be his parents who seemed to be reading a newspaper in the first 10 seconds of the video, not noticing their son is about to make a complete fool of himself. While this is happening, you'll hear a generic, goofy tune in the background. That's the start of the dance tune. 10 seconds later the tune cuts off to a deep voice, "Do the Harlem Shake," the video then cuts to a scene where his parents are gone but the same room is filled with what seems to be his friends in costumes. One of his friends is humping a stuff animal who is dressed in a cow costume and another seems to be jumping on a chair who is dressed in a costume that is unrecognizable. There is another friend of his dancing behind him who is also dressed in a white costume that looks like a bunny suit and a random white male walks in front of the camera for the sake of diversity. The man mentioned earlier who was jerking off in front of his parents in the first 10 seconds of the video is now dressed in a purple costume, pouring milk on his head while staring into the camera as he pumps his pelvis in the second 10 seconds of the video.
by YouCan'tBlock February 14, 2013
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A new stupid dance crass on YouTube, and people just making idiots of themselves. Usely only about 30-45 seconds long, where it starts out as one person dancing and everyone not noticing. Til about half way and then everyone in the room dances and shakes usely masked to hide their shame.
Did you see Jimmy Fallon on YouTube doing the Harlem Shake?

Yeah they all looked retarted!
by McLovinUrMom951 February 08, 2013
An eccentric upper body dance move that involves the shaking of the upper torso and shoulders. The Harlem Shake originated on 125th and Lexington where gang bangers would shoot unsuspecting cripples with crutches. The staggering fall of these cripples created a signature move, adapted by gang-affiliates and introduced at local parties. Upon witnessing the newly created “Harlem Shake,” a corporate thug under the Bad Boy Entertainment payroll reenacted and sold this dance to famous choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson who introduced this dance with the video premier “Let’s Get It” by P. Diddy featuring G-Dep and Black Rob. The phenomenon sweeping white neighborhoods and Italian nightclubs across the country was born… the Harlem Shake.
Daddy, Sarah and I want to go to Abyss and do the Harlem Shake.
by The Geet March 10, 2008
A dance created to distract rich white folk so the thugs of Harlem could easily rob homes.
Johnathan: Did you see the Harlem shake videos?
William: Why yes I spent my entire day watching the dance online.
by CrypticCraig February 10, 2013
to get loose and shake the upper bodyusing more of the waist.
look at the kids in Eve and G-dep videos they do it they just put more action and role play into it to make it look good especially the freezes.
by Harl-em-sha-keh April 18, 2003
A dance most popular on YouTube that is worse than Gangnam Style. At the video beginning one person is dancing. Anyone else in the room are either still/simply not paying attention to the masked dancing.When the bass drops, everyone else joins in on the dancing.
"Have you seen the new Harlem Shakes on YouTube?"

"No the Harlem Shake is for idiots!"
by Crazy Motherfucker February 13, 2013
fuck the harlem shake its the thizzle dance
thizz or die
east side san jose
all about the bay
by east side blaza May 28, 2005
Pop Lock routine. Using your hips, popping your shoulders.
"That fine ass nig was doin' the harlem shake on the dance floor!"
by Krystal. April 10, 2003

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