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Isle versions of ‘Harlem Shake’ dance sensation can fetch cash

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    People across the globe are doing their own version of the "Harlem Shake," a dance that originated in the 1980's. The phenomenon has overtaken "Gangnam Style," and now is your chance to win $300 by participating in the "Shaka Shake" video contest, sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and HawaiiNewsNow.

Deadline: Monday, March 18 at Noon. See entry rules at the end of the article to participate.

Beefy Warrior football players are doing it; so are the lithe dancers at Ballet Hawaii. University of Hawaii artists with blowtorches and students at Kamehameha Schools, Aiea High School and Hawaii Pacific University are also doing it.

And three Samoan dudes with pompoms and a stuffed bear.

In fact, people across the globe are doing their own versions of the Harlem Shake, a dance that originated in the 1980s. "Harlem Shake" is also the title of a 2012 song by a Brooklyn, N.Y., DJ named Baauer that is featured in a YouTube video that developed into an Internet meme last month.

The phenomenon has overtaken "Gangnam Style" as the pop culture craze of the moment and been used in political protests in Egypt and moved the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a safety advisory against doing it on airplanes.

"Shake" videos generally are 30-second clips in which a lone person dances to Baauer’s catchy, beat-driven tune for 15 seconds while surrounded by an indifferent crowd. Then at the halfway mark, the video cuts to the whole mob — many with costumes and props — wildly dancing around.

The first "Shake" video was uploaded to YouTube in February, and the Associated Press reported that up to 4,000 variations are uploaded on the Internet daily — each one guaranteed to crack you up.

There’s no clear reason why the "Shake" is so infectious. Perhaps one reason the dance has gone viral is that there really aren’t any precise steps. Just shake, thrust, gyrate, jump and perform other acts of freestyle silliness and you’ve got yourself the potential makings of a viral video.

Because we like silly, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now invite you to enter your "Shake" video to the Shaka Shake Video Contest, with entries due by noon March 18. First prize is $300; second prize, $200; third prize, $100.

Make sure to carefully read the rules, and get shaking.



You must be 13 or older to enter. Entries should be approximately 30 seconds long and must be shot in Hawaii. To enter, upload your video to YouTube and email the URL, along with your name, address, telephone number and a brief description of the video to by noon March 18. (Oahu Publications and Hawaii News Now employees and family members are not eligible to enter.)

Hawaii "Shake" videos already posted on YouTube are eligible but must be submitted to with a link and the required information.

The top finalists, selected by Star-Advertiser staff, will be posted at from 12:01 a.m. March 19 to 5 p.m. March 20. The videos receiving the most views during that period may win their creators cash prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.

Important: Winners will be contacted March 20 and must be able to verify they were directly responsible for planning and production of the video. Winners will be announced March 22 in the Today section and, and on Hawaii News Now "Sunrise."

By entering the contest, you are agreeing to abide by the judges’ decision on entry verification, to be interviewed by the Star-Advertiser and for your name and video to appear in the newspaper and on our websites at no charge to the Star-Advertiser.

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