Harlem Shake

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Harlem Shake

A Playboy-centric look back at a fad that consumed all of us

Remember the Harlem Shake? No, we’re not referring to the dance move that’s been around way longer than any YouTube video you can name. Instead, we’re referring to that borderline-insane fad where groups of people gathered together in droves to film one person in the group dancing and then smash-cutting to a shot of the entire group dancing. Practically everyone with internet access decided to try the Harlem Shake when it was popular, and Playboy was no exception. But ours stood above all the rest, mainly thanks to the eight Playmates who participated—including Miss May 2012 Nikki Leigh, Miss September 2011 Tiffany Toth and Miss August 2004 Pilar Lastra.