"The Harlem Shake" has finally made it to Chicago.
The dance track popularized by DJ Bauuer is moving and grooving through Chicago Public Schools. The kids tell me it hit town about a week ago. "The Harlem Shake" has become a YouTube sensation with the wacky videos that wind looking like a up like a blown out Pac Man machine. Okay, I'm showing my age.
Jones College Prep, 606 S. State wants to stay on top of these things. After school on Friday the students organized the shake in the school courtyard.
I was tipped to this Friday morning from my friend Angelo Varias whose daughter attends Jones.
Once I got to the school I saw Angelo hiding in a corner laughing at me.
Here is Jon Sall's steady video of the Jones students performing "The Harlem Shake."
Check out the girl in the tree.
The students had the blessing of principal Dr. Joseph Powers.
Wow. I got in trouble at Naperville Central High School for starting a fake Astronomy & Cosmos Club on yearbook photo day. Just like in the videos, Dr. Powers led off with a solo act. That's how the dance begins before the bass drops and all hell breaks loose. Dr. Powers wore a St. Louis Cardinals baseball jersey to honor the recently departed Cardinals great Stan Musial.
Stan played the harmonica.
This was the most fun I had this week. Jon says we should do "The Harlem Shake" in the Sun-Times newsroom.
Thank you Jones students.