VIDEO: Four-year-old stars in Harlem Shake

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MEET the little boy whose moves earned him the starring role in Sunderland’s attempt at the dance craze sweeping the globe.

Four-year-old Alfie Armstrong was joined by more than 300 University of Sunderland students to record a version of the Harlem Shake, the viral phenomenon that has taken YouTube by storm.

Alfie Armstrong, four, starred in Sunderland University's Harlem Shake Video with the help of his mum, Carly Armstrong.

Alfie Armstrong, four, starred in Sunderland University's Harlem Shake Video with the help of his mum, Carly Armstrong.

Nominated by mum Carley, 23, he donned a Spiderman costume and motorcycle helmet and led the dance to the song by Baauer. The video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday afternoon and has already been viewed almost 9,000 times.

Carley, a second-year Media Production student, said: “He’s always got involved in stuff like that, he loves it.

“It was funny because I thought he might be shy but he wasn’t at all and everyone was cheering for him.”

This is not the first time Alfie, who attends St Mary’s Nursery at the University campus, has found himself in front of the camera.

“He’s been an extra in a feature film and in a music video too,” said Carley.

“I try to keep him involved in what I do and he’s helping me out.”

TV and Radio student Vincent White, 22, who organised the video, said he thought opening with Alfie would give the uni’s version something different.

“I just thought that would be an amazing way to start the video,” he said.

“The videos have been doing well on YouTube and I thought it would be good for our uni to have something out there.”

Featuring alongside Spiderman Alfie in the video were students dressed in costumes including a giraffe, a zebra and even a werewolf.

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