Students in Harlem Shake

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IT has taken the dance floor and internet by storm – now the Harlem Shake has sent a wave of excitement through Peterlee.

Students from East Durham College in the town took part in their own version of the routine, with some pulling on fancy dress as the video was shot in the atrium of the campus.

The event was led by fitness and coaching student Darren Humphries, 18, from Hutton Henry, before he was joined by the rest of the student cast.

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The video begins with one person, who is often masked, dancing alone to Harlem Shake by American DJ Baauer, and surrounded by others who are not paying attention.

Then, as the bass kicks into the song, the video cuts to the entire crowd doing crazy moves to the music. Since the college video was uploaded, it has been viewed on YouTube more than 3,500 times.

College marketing director Alistair Cummins-MacLeod said: “We wanted to do this for a bit of fun and to create a buzz about the place.

“We certainly did that, with over 300 students and staff watching the filming of the video.

“At the same time, it also helps raise awareness of the East Durham College brand and shows what an innovative and creative college we are.”

Since a video of a group of teenagers from Australia was uploaded on to YouTube, a host of footage of others doing the same has hit the internet, with around 40,000Harlem Shake videos now online.

The college’s video follows another Harlem Shake video by four-year-old Alfie Armstrong, who was joined by more than 300 University of Sunderland students as they recorded their own version.

It has been viewed more than 11,000 times and features the youngster, who attends St Mary’s Nursery at the university, dressed in a SpiderMan costume and motorcycle helmet, with students wearing costumes including a giraffe, a zebra and a werewolf.