Clowning vs. Krumping

Clowning vs. Krumping

Krumping (not Krunk-ing) is often confused with Clowning, but while the two are related by form and origin (and vaguely by style), differences are visible. They share the same basic speed, and a similar movement pattern: a rapid rhythmic bobbling and jerking of the body, as well as the intermittent flex of the spine and thrust-out chest, which may be called “the krump” or a “bobble bounce”. Krumping, however, is a more sinister and aggressive dance form and is intended as an expression of anger or a release of pent-up emotion through violent, exaggerated, and dramatic moves. High variation, individuality, and movement are the foundations of the Krump or bobble bounce. It must be said that the current focal point of the dance as of 2006 and its differentiation from Clowning is becoming centralized around the elimination of sexual or erotic movement, particularly by males (such as twerking, booty popping, freaking, snaking and winding). This is currently considered the taboo when Krumping, and is called “popping cakes” (cakes being the buttocks). It may also be referred to as “poppin bakes”, the difference being due to the gang culture pervasive in California. In a Crip hood, “b” words (words beginning with, or often containing, the letter b) may not be said, or must be altered; and in a Blood hood, “c” words are similarly taboo. So cakes becomes bakes, and boulevard becomes coulevard (pronounced soulevard).

The belief that Krump dancers regularly engage in face-painting is also a misconception: this is a Clown practice, and as Clowning and Krumping have been mixed and misrepresented in their introduction to the public (through music videos of artists such as Missy Elliott), it has been misinterpreted as a regular Krumping practice. Face-painting is a matter of choice and is practiced only occasionally by a small percentage of the Krump community. The confusion may be a result of the movie Rize which documented the founders and other initial practitioners during the infancy of Krump as an art form; thus, the footage was from a time when the Krump kings were actually evolving from Clowners into the Krumpers of today. The Krumpers’ modified use of face paint served as a visual indication of this split. The style and cultural symbolism of this painting (used mostly during the early Krump movement, but now adopted by Clowners) has evolved from the circus clown image into ceremonial indigenous (ie tribal), war, or dance paint. This could signify the development of a third school of a darker or more aggressive nature within Clowning, but still remaining Clown-oriented. In Clowning, there are older Clowners who have styles similar to Krumping but still associate themselves with (and are loyal to) the Clown school of dance.

Source: Wiki Krump

The History of Krumping

The root word “Krump” came from the lyrics of a song in the 90s. It is sometimes spelled K.R.U.M.P., which is a backronym for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise, presenting krumping as a faith-based artform. Krumping was created by two dancers: Ceasare “Tight Eyez” Willis and Jo’Artis “Big Mijo” Ratti in South Central, Los Angeles, California during the early 2000s. Clowning is the less aggressive predecessor to krumping and was created in 1992 by Thomas “Tommy the Clown” Johnson in Compton, CA. In the 1990s, Johnson and his dancers, the Hip Hop Clowns, would paint their faces and perform clowning for children at birthday parties or for the general public at other functions as a form of entertainment. In contrast, krumping focuses on highly energetic battles and dramatic movements which Tommy describes as intense, fast-paced, and sharp. CBS news has compared the intensity within krumping to what rockers experience in a mosh pit. “If movement were words, krumping would be a poetry slam.” Krumping was not directly created by Tommy the Clown; however, krumping did grow out of clowning. Ceasare Willis and Jo’Artis Ratti were both originally clown dancers for Johnson but their dancing was considered too “rugged” and “raw” for clowning so they eventually broke away and developed their own style. This style is now known as krumping. Johnson eventually opened a clown dancing academy and started the Battle Zone competition at the Great Western Forum where krump crews and clown crews could come together and battle each other in front of an audience of their peers.

“Expression is a must in krump because krump is expression. You have to let people feel what you’re doing. You can’t just come and get krump and your krump has no purpose.”
Robert “Phoolish” Jones;
Krump Kings

David LaChapelle’s documentary Rize explores the clowning and krumping subculture in Los Angeles. He says of the movement: “What Nirvana was to rock-and-roll in the early ’90s is what these kids are to hip-hop. It’s the alternative to the bling-bling, tie-in-with-a-designer corporate hip-hop thing.”

LaChapelle was first introduced to krump when he was directing Christina Aguilera’s music video “Dirrty”. After deciding to make a documentary about the dance, he started by making a short film titled Krumped. He screened this short at the 2004 Aspen Shortsfest and used the positive reaction from the film to gain more funding for a longer version. This longer version became Rize which was screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and several other film festivals abroad.

Aside from Rize, krumping has appeared in several music videos including Madonna’s “Hung Up”, Missy Elliott’s “I’m Really Hot”, The Black Eyed Peas’ “Hey Mama”, and Chemical Brothers “Galvanize”. The dance has also appeared in the movie Bring It On: All or Nothing, the television series Community, and the reality dance competitions So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew. Russell Ferguson, the winner of the sixth season of So You Think You Can Dance, is a krumper. The original web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers also featured krumping in season one during the fifth episode, “The Lettermakers”.

What is Krumping?

What is Krumping?

What is Krumping? K.R.U.M.P (Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise) is a dance style with Christian roots/background. It also has connections / links to other dance styles like clowning and bucking.
Krumping usually involves what looks to be physical contact between the dancers. From non participants it can sometimes even look like a fight, however the participants in Krumping understand that Krumping is just a way to release feelings like anger in a positive nonviolent way.

Styles of Krump

Various styles of Krumping include:
• Goofy: Pioneered by the krump practitioner “Goofy” himself. It is the least aggressive of the krump styles, usually funny and energetic.
• Beasty: Aggressive, beast-like and powerful. It is similar to bully but more animalistic.
• Grimy: Dirty, mistreating and “wrong”.
• Flashy: Using a lot of foot movement and quick sharp, precise and showy moves.
• Cocky: Stuck up and conceited.
• Jerky
• Bully :Aggressive and powerful
• Tricks: Using a combination of moves
• Fight: Fake fighting.
• Fast: Quick, fast and energetic movements

The Popping Dictionary

The Popping Dictionary

Popping (a funk style) refers to the sudden contraction and retraction of muscles.

Tutting: Using your body to create geometric movements and positions mainly with the use of right angles. The main focus of this style is on the hands and arms

Strobing: An illusional style meant to mimic the way movement appears under a strobe light. This is performed by making fast/quick dimestops

Ticking: An illusional style of dance (often confused with Strobing). Ticking involves moving by hitting to the fastest part of the beat

Waving: A funk style dance that gives the illusion of a wave going through your body; the two types of waves are:[/b] arm waves and body waves

Boogaloo: A dance style that consists of various leg rolls, hip rolls, chest rolls, neck rolls, twisto-flexes, necko-flexes, master-flexes, walkouts, struts and angles

Strutting (aka Pimp Walk): A style performed with different arm angles and a series of steps

Puppet: Moving as if you were a puppet being guided by a puppet master

Dime Stopping: A sudden stop of movement without hitting/popping

Spiderman: Moving/jumping your hands around different parts of your torso, like spiders are moving on it

History of Breakdancing

History of Breakdancing

Breakdancing seems so different from all other kinds of dancing that the first question people ask when they see it is: “Where did these kids learn to dance like that?” To many people, this dance seems to have come out of nowhere. But like everything else, Breakdance did come from somewhere, something and someone. In the case of Breakdancing, that someone is the great superstar, James Brown, and the something is the dance, the Good Foot. In 1969, when James Brown was getting down with his big hit “Get on the Good Foot” the Hustle was the big dance style of the day. If you’ve ever seen James Brown live in concert or on TV, then you know he can really get down. And when he preformed his hit, he did the kind of dance you’d expect James Brown to do. High Energy. This almost acrobatic dance was appropriately enough known as the lot of kids around New York City.

By the time the Good Foot became the new dance style, the tradition of dance battle was well established. Dancers would gather at places like Harlem World on 116th Street in Harlem and Battle-dancewise. Battles are covered in more detail in the section on battles, challanges, and contests, but the important thing as fas as the history of Breakdancing is concerned is that Breakdancing was particularly well-suited for competition. And not only was the Good Foot well- suited for dance battles, it appealed to certain young men who were very athletic.

The Good Foot, which was soon to be called B-Boy and shortly after that Breakdancing, or Breaking, was very different from the Breaking we see today. In some ways it was simpler. There were no Headspind. No Windmill. No Handglides or Backspins. It was what is now called old-style Breaking. Old-Style Breaking consisted only of floor work, or Floor Rock, and in a way it was more complex than modern Breaking. There may be some small variations on the Headspin and a Backspin, but basically, a Headspin is a head spin and a Backspin is a back spin. But Floor Rock can involve some extremely complicated leg moves, and it is done very fast. And it did not take long before where were a lot of Breakdancing battles happening.

Among those for whom old-style Breaking was especially popular were many of the youths and street gangs that roamed the South Bronx. And it was in those streets that Breakdancing really started. Often, the best Breakers in opposing gangs would battle dance wise instead of fighting. They would battle over turf. Or because someone stepped on someone else’s shoes. They might battle prove that their gang was better than the other gang. Sometimes they would make a contract that the loser would not go around to the winner’s neighborhood anymore. Sometimes they battled just to gain each other’s respect. Unfortunately, these Breaking battles did not always stop fight. In fact, they often would cause a fight, since dancers would sometimes get physical when they couldn’t win dance wise. No one likes to lose. But today Breaking battles have, to a large extent, replaced fighting in the Bronx.

In this way Breakdancing crews-groups of dancers who practice and perform together-were formed. And soon formal crews organized, who not only practiced and preformed together, but who also developed their own dance routines. Some of these crews became very dedicated to their dancing, and since they had nothing better to do, would spend hours a day practicing, developing more and more complex moves, improving their form, and increasing their speed. And then Afrika Bambaataa came along. Bambaataa is the legendary grand master D.J. who is the individual most responsible for the successful growth of Breakdancing. He is a record producer and member of the Soul Sonic Force, who’s “Looking For The Perfect Beat” was chosen as the No.4 best single in the 1983 Jazz and pop Critics’ Poll. Afrika Bambaataa is also the leader of the Zulu Nation in the Bronx.

In 1969, Afrika Bambaataa saw Breakdancing as more than just dancing. He saw it as a way to achieve something. He saw the potential of Breakdancing, and encouraged the dancers to keep at it. To work hard, and to believe that if they stuck with it, something good would come of it. Bambaataa then started one of the first Breakdance crews, the Zulu Kings. The Zulu Kings won a lot of battles and talent shows and preformed in various clubs in New York. At the same time they won a lot of adherents for the Zulu Nation.

Old-style Breaking remained popular until about 1977, when the Freak took over, based on the hit record “Freak Out” by the Shieks. Then around 1979 and early 1980 a new Breakdance crew was organized-Rock Steady Crew. Even though Rock Steady Crew was especially talented, a lot of people put them down being old-fashioned. But Bambataa encouraged them. He told them that if they stuck with it, something good would happen. He took them on, and soon they were performing at the Mudd Club, the Ritz, and other Punk rock clubs around New York. When Rock Steady performed for Malcom McLaren and Bow Wow Wow at the Ritz people started taking them seriously. Breakdancing Was In Again.

But the new-style Breaking was different from the old. Rock Steady added a lot of acrobatic moves. Breaking now included not only Floor Rock but Headspins, Backspins, Handglides, and Windmills. In 1981, Charles Ahearn made his Hip-Hop movie, Wild Style, a raw vision of rap singing, graffiti, scratching, and Breakdancing in the Bronx. Ahearn called on Rock Steady to do the Breaking and Rock Steady became the preeminent Breakdance crew and new-style Breaking became even more popular. When the spring of 1982 rolled around the Roxy was a well-established New York roller-skating rink. But the popularity of roller skating quickly began to fade, and in June of ’82, Pat Fuji turned the Roxy into a dance club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. The Roxy quickly became the Hip Hop center. It was here that rappers, D.J.’s, and Breakdancers would perform and hang out.

If you wanted to discover a Breakdancer for your show or video, you would come to the Roxy. Or if you just wanted to watch or learn some new moves, you would come to the Roxy. And the Roxy started to sponsor Breakdance contests, which would help the winners get more recognition. In June, 1983, Pat Fuji hired professional Jazz dancer Rosanne Hoare to run the Street Arts Consortium, whish was a house Breakdancing, rapping, and graffiti art. Rosy was going to officially establish a home for Hip Hop Culture. While the Street Art Consorium never really happened as envisioned, Rosy did provide a home for Breakdancers. She not only provided a place where they could feel at home, but she worked with them as a choreographer, helping to extend their dance possibilities. She also helped many dancer find commercial and performing dance work. Most importantly, Rosy was-and is-always there as a friend whom they can count on. She herself has taken up Breakdancing.


Source: “Breakdancing with Mr.Fresh & The Supreme Rockers”

B-Boys Are Back

B-Boys Are Back

B-Boys Are Back; in the ’80s, There Was Breakdancing. But First There Was B-Boying.

Remember, if you will, 1984.

“Miami Vice.” Jelly shoes. Acid-washed jeans. Remember Michael Jackson in his red leather jacket with one gloved hand, gliding across the stage in his patented moon walk.

And remember the soda ads and MTV videos that featured punks in parachute pants spinning on their heads as a boombox pumped a beat in the background.

They called it breakdancing.

It spawned its own clothing lines, movies and lingo. It was the coolest, newest invention of the ’80s.

But it really wasn’t. Breakdancing had a history and depth that was lost in the media blitz that surrounded it.

Now, it’s time for a little history lesson.

Almost 20 years before breakdancing appeared, there was something called b-boying.

It was a new, but underground, dance/art form that filled the clubs in New York City.

Not much has changed.

B-boys say theirs is a form of expression that was born underground and has returned there, but only after it was twisted and turned by a mainstream audience.

“The media almost raped it from its true essence,” says B-Boy WiTeBoi, otherwise known as Josh Glawson, 20. “They wanted all the flashy moves and to be wowed.”

B-boying is more than blowing out moves on the sidewalk that make people ask, “Did that hurt?”

And it didn’t disappear at the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, 1989, like other fads of the decade.

It simply stayed true to its roots while the masses moved on to the next hot ticket.

For true b-boys, this is a way of life, almost a religion that begins – and ends – with The Dance.

“A b-boy is what I am,” says B-Boy N-Er-G, known at birth but rarely since then as Sebastian Alexis, 22. “Every culture has a storyteller, a warrior, musicians and artists. (In hip-hop), the DJ is the music player, the MC is the storyteller, graffiti is the art and the b-boy is the warrior.

“We get ready to battle.”

It’s Friday night at Greene Street in downtown Greensboro. The club’s daytime lights still glow bright as the first b-boys – and b- girls – trickle in.

Preteens, high schoolers and college-age kids gather in small groups on the floor.

They’re wearing shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, even dress pants. Their knees and elbows are wrapped in padding.

Their hair is long, short, spiked, braided and buzzed.

They stretch their legs and arms. They chug gallons of water. Just water.

Alcohol is shunned. Like athletes, they say, they need to stay focused.

The crowd thickens. They wait for the preliminary competition to begin, but there’s no time wasted. The b-boy crews, usually three to four dancers who perform together, practice their moves.

Around them, other crews sit on the floor, their legs wrapped underneath them, like schoolchildren watching a performance. They clap, nod their heads in approval and politely wait their turn.

On the wall above the dance floor dangles a giant plastic sign, evidence of the sacrifices b-boys have made to please the masses.

It announces tonight’s battle as a “breakdancing competition.”

If the sign actually – but more correctly – read “b-boying competition,” people might not come.

“If we do foundation (moves) for the media, they won’t even use it,” N-Er-G says. “We know what kind of crowd we’re trying to please, so we say, ‘OK, we have to breakdance at this show.’

“Folks need to know there are other things to this dance.”

The foundation of b-boying was laid in the late 1960s with something called “good foot,” the first freestyle dance that had performers dropping to the floor and spinning in circles.

As the dance evolved, moving or breaking on the beat became the cornerstone of b-boying – not spinning, dropping or kicking feet into the air.

Dancers with precision and rhythm, who did more than just swap moves with those performing around them, became the hottest b-boys around.

“The very first b-boys didn’t do anything on the ground – no spinning,” N-Er-G says. “You have to build a foundation of moves. To really dance, to express yourself, that is the real true art.”

N-Er-G, who performs with his crew, Phat Gravity, was introduced to b-boying at the tender age of 3, when he watched the movie “Beat Street.”

“That was like a lasting impression,” he says.

By 11th grade, he was practicing the moves and “started chilling with other cats,” he says.

Now 22, N-Er-G juggles jobs at Time Warner Cable and Pizza Hut. He’s been a student at N.C. A&T, studying German and fashion, and at GTCC, where he studied graphic design.

But be certain, he knows who he is.

“I don’t find time for b-boying,” he says. “I find time for everything else.”

The battle begins shortly after 11 p.m.

The music is pumping so loudly that a bottle of water bounces off the edge of a subwoofer.

The crowd melts into one giant mass and encircles the dance floor.

As the b-boy crews take their turns in the center of the crowd, other b-boys around them cheer and playfully jeer moves gone awry as elbows, knees, even heads smack the floor.

When b-boys battle, the one with the most distinctive style wins. There are basic moves, but imagination is rewarded.

“If someone does nice footwork and a nice freeze, you want to make sure yours has better style, greater flavor, and demolish the opponent,” WiTeBoi says.

Want to humiliate an opponent? You don’t need to trash talk – just dance. Sexually.

The b-boys use gestures to poke fun at each others’, ahem, size.

“Sex is a great way to dis each other,” says WiTeBoi, who helped organize tonight’s battle. “It’s easy to offend them and make them mess up. You have to be in a certain frame of mind to do this and shut it out. Almost businesslike.”

When he was in elementary school in Charlotte, WiTeBoi says he was the “fat kid” who was sometimes teased. In high school, he dropped the weight and became president of the chess club. “I wasn’t the coolest person,” he admits.

But he wasn’t always keeping his eyes on the chessboard. WiTeBoi watched other kids breaking, and he knew then he wanted to dance.

“It’s human nature to want to dance, but we’re so afraid of what people will think,” he says.

While doing research on the Internet, he came across a Christian group that used breaking as a means of worship.

“I could be a b-boy and a Christian at the same time,” he says. “I can express myself and worship God through dancing.”

He pushed himself to work on the moves.

Now, a few years out of high school and his teenage persona, he has become WiTeBoi.

“I have the confidence to do some stupid move, and people will say, ‘He’s just b-boying,’ ” says WiTeBoi, adding that he wants to work on moves that mix b-boying with traditional swing dancing. “Breaking pushes you a little farther, and you start thinking of different moves. This gives you the feeling to be able to express yourself in dance.”

As the battle wages on, WiTe-Boi is working the crowd.

In the center of the dance floor, bodies are sweaty, the air becomes hot, and looks are shot across the room.

Egos are at stake.

But what happens on the floor, WiTeBoi says, stays there – in most cases. After each battle, the dancers hug, high five or pat each other on the shoulder.

A triumvirate of judges rates each dancer’s style, the moves that take real athletic ability and how clean the routine was.

After winners are announced, there’s grumbling in the audience – even words exchanged – by some b-boys fans.

Just like in sports, there’s a devoted following who never wants to see their favorite lose.

But as long as they can keep b-boying, that’s all that matters.

“(When you dance), you feel like you have to let your soul come out,” WiTeBoi says. “You can get lost in the music.”

N-Er-G adds, “Even if the song is whack.”

Source: Greensboro News Record

The Top 50 Songs To Cwalk To

The Top 50 Songs to Cwalk to

1. Xzibit – Get your Walk On
2. Xzibit – Multiply
3. J-kwon – hood hop
4. 2Pac – Loyal to The Game
5. Westside connection – gangsta nation
6. Tonedeff -Heads Up
7. Xzibit – Alkoholik
8. Mase – Breathe, Stretch, Shake
9. 2pac – Still Ballin
10. Cunninlynguists – 616 Rewind
11. Nas – Doo Rags
12. J-Kwon – You and Me
13. Dr. Dre – Keep Ya Heads Ringing
14. Ludacris – Me and my Crew
15. Mase & Mya – All I Ever Wanted
16. Twista – Drinks
17. Cunninlynguists – Half Animal Half Man
18. 2Pac – Out On Bail
19. Notorious BIG – Juicy
20. Gucci Mane – That’s All
21. Immortal Technique – The Point of No Return
22. Extended Famm – Good Combination
23. The Roots – Don’t Say Nothing
24. Outerspace ft. Celph titled – the revolution
25. Demigodz – Empire Strikes Back
26. Ludacris- Welcome to Atlanta
27. Outkast – Ms Jackson
28. Ciara ft. Ludacris – ohh
29. Zion I – The Bay
30. The Roots & Talib Kweli – Rolling With Heat
31. Outkast – The Whole World
32. Young Gunz – No Half Stepping
33. DMX – Dogs Out
34. Nas – Got Yourself a Gun
35. Luniz – I Got Five on It
36. Mac Dre – Get Stupid
37. Fugies ft. Nas – if I ruled the world
38. Styles P ft Akon – Locked Up
39. KnocTurnal ft Snoop Dogg – The Way I Am Remix
40. Some Cut- trillvile
41. Fort Minor – Where’d you go
42. Baby Bash Feat. Villarea – Shorty Doowop
43. 50 Cent – Just A Little Bit
44. Snoop dog – drop it like it’s hot
45. T.I – King of the South
46. Craig Mack – Return of the Mack
47. Fantasia Barrino – Truth is
48. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin and Juice
49. Notorious BIG & Mase – Only You
50. Fat Joe – *uck 50

Songs To HarlemShake To

This is a compiled list of songs to harlem shake to:

Angie Martinez – Mi Amor
Beanie Siegel – Guess Whos Back
Beenie Siegel – Roc the Mike
Bow Wow – Let me Hold you
Busta Rhymes – As I Come Back
Busta Rhymes Feat. P. Diddy – Pass the Courvoisier
Busta Rhymes – Break Your Neck Busta Rhymes – What It Is
Clipse – Grindin
Cocoa Brovaz – Get Up
N.E.R.D – Lapddance
Fabulous – Young’n (Holla Back)
Fabulous – Right now and later on
Fabulous – Ma Be Easy
Fabulous feat. Nate Dogg – You can’t Deny it
Fat Joe – We Thuggin
Foxy Brown feat. Spragga Benz- Oh Yeah
G Dep – Special Delivery ( This is the best song to shake to!)
G Dep- Let’s Get it
G. Dep – Blastoff
Jadakiss- Knock Yourself Out
Jay Z – I Jus Wanna Luv Ya
Jay Z – Do It Again
Jay Z – Jigga That N*gga
Jay Z – 99 problems
Jay Z – Dirt off your shoulders
JD – Ballin out of Control
Lil Mo – Gangsta
Lil Bow Wow – Take ya Home
Ludacris, LL Cool J, and Keith Murray – Fatty Girl
Master P – Ooohhhwwweee
Memphis Bleek – My Mind Right
Memphis Bleek – We Get Low
Meth and Red – Da Rockwilder
Meth and Red – Y.O.U
Missy Eliot – One Minute Man
Missy Eliot – Lose control
Miss Jade – Feel the Girl
Mobb Deep – Burn
Mobb Deep – shook one
Mr. Cheeks – Lights Camera Action
Noreaga – Grimy
Noreaga – Oh No
P. Diddy & Bad Boy Family – Diddy feat. the Neptunes
P. Diddy – Diddy P Diddy – Blast Off
Phillys Most Wanted – Please Dont Mind
Ray J – Wait A Minute
Ray J – Formal Invite
Royce Da 5’9 – The One 9remix by Neptunes)
Royce da 5’9 – You can’t touch me
Shyne – Bonnie and Shyne
Tha Liks – Best U Can
Tha Liks – Run Wild
T.I – Im Serious
T.I – Rubber band man
Tupac – Still ballin
Usher – I Dont Know

How To Harlem Shake

How To Harlem Shake

Before you shake
Before you shake you must always stretch.
While doing these stretches remember the following:
1) Hold the stretches for a minimum of 30 to 60 seconds.
2) Warm up a bit before and after the stretches
3) Stretching should not be painful!!!!!!

The stretches
The stretches are provided by EliteFit and can be located here:

The 1st shake we will discuss is the: “Shimmy Shake”
1) Start off with both feet together.
2) Next have your arms to your side with palms flat facing the ground
3) Now comes the easy part, you simply shimmy
4) While you are shimmying you must remember to pop a shoulder up in an alterative pattern, *Example: when your right shoulder is up your left should be down, from there you put your right shoulder down and you’re left up.
5) Repeat step 4 in different speeds while flowing with the beat.

The 2nd shake we will discuss is the: “G Dep Shake”
1((Start off with any arm) take your elbow and place it behind your back so that your forearm has its palm sticking out away (from your body). Note: your shoulders should be slightly drawn back
2) Now from there shake your arms bringing your arm that was back up to your side with its palm still faced down.
3) Now you should have both arms on the side
4) repeat step 1 with your other arm
5) Repeat step 2 NOTE: while your doing all of this you should have a light shimmy

For all shakes:
Remember The basics to the shake is to shimmy + have hip movement

How The Harlem Shake Started


How The Harlem Shake Started

The Harlem shake originally called the “albee”, became main stream in 2001 when G Dep featured the Harlem shake in his music video Special delivery which was around the same time the cwalk became popular.
Although the dance came up around 2000 it started a few years back (in 1981) by an alcoholic named Sisqo in Harlem, New York. The man would do the Harlem Shake (Albee) for 50 cents or a beverage, for 50 cents or a dollar he would also be willing to teach you.
Resource: Harlemshake.Info (R.I.P 2005)