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[February 20, 2013]

Dozens turn out in cold for 'Duluth Shake' (and shiver)

Feb 20, 2013 (Duluth News Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A cow in a Minnesota Wild jersey, a puffy penguin and a two-toned Spandex bodysuit were among the costumes worn by the fad-friendly who responded to a local radio station's call to be part of a viral video sensation.


You've heard of the Harlem Shake, but how about its Northeastern Minnesota sibling -- initiated by Mix 108-FM -- the Duluth Shake About 40 people gathered Tuesday afternoon near the tugboat in Canal Park for the quick-hit video shoot. The radio station announced the call for dancers on its Facebook page and on air.

"We decided we're going to give a shout-out online," said morning show host Nick Cooper. "We have the weather to give a natural shake." For those who haven't been near the Internet recently, the Harlem Shake is a structured yet improvisational dance set to the hip-hop song of the same name by Baauer.

It starts with a masked dancer in the middle of a crowd of people who seemingly are not paying attention. Then, at the 15-second mark, a wild dance party breaks out complete with costumed dancers getting weird -- twisting, gyrating and doing, for instance, the Bernie.

More than 40,000 versions of the Harlem Shake have been uploaded to YouTube, according to the Daily Beast, including an underwater version by the University of Georgia swimming and diving team, one by the Norwegian Army that starts in formation and ends in chaos and another filmed during a Matt & Kim concert in Troy, N.Y.

Nikki Wrazidlo got the nod to start off as the lone dancer. She showed up wearing a helmet -- the mask or helmet is a must -- with the uniform she wears while racing Modified Series at racetracks.

"A few of my friends and I thought we might as well get in on the fad," she said, though she hadn't planned to be the lead-off dancer.

David Mahlberg, 20, wore a full Gumby costume.

"It's just totally random," Mahlberg said of the craze. "This is an event where people get totally random and shake. It's a chance to be yourself -- if you're silly." Austin Burley, a sophomore at Duluth Denfeld, kicked around dance options before filming began.

"I could do the worm," he said.

Burley waited until the last minute to strip down to just compression shorts, a cape and goggles. During the wild dance, he dropped to the snow and made an angel.

"I'm so cold," he said afterward, his exposed legs turning red.

The radio station planned to post the video to its Facebook page by mid-afternoon Tuesday.

YouTube video courtesy of Mix 108: ___ (c)2013 the Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Visit the Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) at www.duluthnewstribune.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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