The Dorrance Gets Shaking

The Harlem Shake, a viral video trend, comes to Providence.


The opening shot of RISD's Harlem Shake video.

Next Monday, the newest viral obsession to sweep the globe is bopping its way into the Dorrance in Providence, then bopping right out. It's the Harlem Shake, everybody, and now's your chance to join in on all the absurd fun.

What's this Harlem Shake, you ask? Poke around on YouTube and you'll discover a bounty read: 73,500 search results of thirty-second videos of folks dancing like maniacs and dressed in whatever tumbled out of their front hall closets first. They're all getting down to the same electronic dance track by Brooklyn-based producer Baauer, and what they're doing looks absolutely nothing like the true Harlem Shake, a hip-hop move from the '80s.

Now, I Heart Providence, the group behind the annual food sampling event of the same name at City Hall, is gathering up all of the city-loving folks it can find to create its own video of the Shake. RISD students already recorded a version in their Fleet Library, recently named one of the most beautiful libraries in the country by Travel and Leisure.

But everybody's invited to this one, scheduled for next Monday, February 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Dorrance, 60 Dorrance St., Providence. Potential shakers include Big Nazo, the Extraordinary Rendition Band and the Los Andes Restarant team dressed in traditional Bolivian garb. According to the Facebook event page, you should "come wearing 'your thing' with 'your props,' or just bring yourself as you are at that very moment."

Then, best as you can, shake and shake and shake before the trend gyrates into its inevitable cyber grave. Here's RISD's take on the Harlem Shake:

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