Who's behind BC's "Harlem Shake?"

There’s a viral video out there that has every BC student mesmerized. They’re jealous, even outraged that they didn’t participate in its creation. Yet, they can’t stop watching.

The video takes place in the Bapst Art Library, which is known as a hushed space to study, where a sneeze is too loud and a rustle of papers is only occasionally permissible.

Naturally, it was the perfect setting for BC’s version of the Harlem Shake, a dysfunctional flash mob of inexplicable dance moves, ridiculous costumes and utter mayhem.  The man behind the operation is Marty Long, a senior in CSOM.

“Dancing in absurd costumes in a place that usually forbids quiet conversation creates such a stark contrast that it makes the video interesting,” Long said.

Long was inspired by other Harlem Shake videos that had gone viral in the past few days. The University of Georgia men’s swim and dive team created its own Harlem Shake underwater. Anderson Cooper’s staff surprised him with the dance during a meeting.

In about 24 hours, the Harlem Shake (BC Edition) came to fruition. Long worked with his roommate JJ Vittoria, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, to spread the word. Long created the Facebook event and Nick Drachman, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, agreed to film and edit the video.

About thirty minutes before 9PM on Tuesday night, participants in the BC Edition of the Harlem Shake started filing into Bapst. Once 9PM rolled around, Long stood up on a table in one of the quietest, most beautiful places on campus wearing boxers, a bathrobe and an orange bucket on his head. Fifteen seconds later, many of Long’s friends, friends of friends, and unrelated cooperative students joined in. Long made sure everyone participating was wearing normal clothes over their Harlem Shaker clothes so that people wouldn’t think anything out of the ordinary was going on—just yet. Soon, the booty shaking started. Shooting totaled about five minutes.

“We didn't want to be too big of a distraction for people that actually had work to do.”

The video comes at the right time as midterm season starts to ramp up. Long and his friends wanted people to stop for a minute or two and have a good time.

“I hope that people realize that they don't have to take themselves so seriously,” he said. “Sometimes it's good to form a group to do something harmless, fun, and ridiculous.”

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