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Old 02-17-2013, 02:23 AM   #51
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Default Re: The Harlem Shake

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But hip-hop fans knew that the dance they were seeing in these new videos was not at all like the Harlem Shake dance that has been around for more than 30 years. Al B, a man who used to dance during breaks at the Entertainer's Basketball Classic at Rucker Park in Harlem beginning in 1981, has gotten much of the Internet credit for inventing the original Harlem Shake, a dance characterized by wild jerking of the arms and upper body. At one point, it was referred to as the "Albee."

In a barely comprehensible 2003 interview with basketball website InsideHoops.com, Al B says the dance originated with mummies in Egypt, who shook because they didn't have freedom to use their limbs. "It was a drunken dance, you know, from the mummies, in the tombs," he asserted. "That's what the mummies used to do. They was all wrapped up and taped up. So they couldn't really move, all they could do was shake."
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