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Woman claims to have inspired the real Harlem Shake

Posted: 11:36 PM, Feb 26, 2013
Updated: 2013-02-26 23:39:43-05

At this point, we’ve seen every rendition of ‘The Harlem Shake” imaginable.

But with thousands of options to chose from on YouTube, to say this dance is popular would be an understatement. It’s truly an Internet sensation with the shake gaining 44 million views.

But where did this crazed style of dance come from?

Sandra Boyce, a 69-year-old Harlem native is thought to be the original inspiration of the Harlem Shake.

Sandra Boyce, a 69-year-old Harlem native is thought to be the original inspiration of the Harlem Shake.

After some research it seems Sandra Boyce, a 69-year-old Harlem native is thought to be the original inspiration of the Harlem Shake. She says she’d dance at home and her son Al would take those moves and spice them up on the basketball court.

“Al started dancing and adding a little something more to it. I used to jump up and he’d do the dance and throw his hands. Really, that’s how it started,” Sandra says.

From past videos it appears the dance was first seen in the 80’s during Rucker Park’s Entertainer’s Basketball Classic, according to the tournament founder. Over time, it garnered the name “Harlem Shake”. However, the dance has obviously morphed a bit, into the strangely entertaining short clips we see online now.