Image courtesy Steven Lelham
TURLOCK - Residents and businesses are getting their shake on with viral success. Now that the "Harlem Shake" has become a full-blown video craze with everyone from Sea World animals to Norwegian army brigades posting their own version of the infectious dance trend, Turlockers are taking part as well. Two videos, one posted by a group of friends and another by the Turlock Poker Room, put their own spin on the Harlem Shake phenomena, which involves filming 30-second video clips beginning with a calm scene and erupting halfway way through with spastic revelry and costumed dancing.
On Sunday, hundred of Central Valley high students came together in Riverbank's Silva Park to film what they called the Valley Shake. The video brought together students from Modesto, Turlock, Riverbank, Oakdale and beyond. But on that same day Turlock resident Steven Lelham and friends decided to shoot their own hometown version. Shot in Markley Park, the video brought together about 20 friend with light sabers, sledge hammers, snowboards and more to show their stuff.
"A lot of people were doing it. We wanted to do one in Turlock for people who didn't want to drive all the way to Riverbank," Lelham said. "So we got together and through word of mouth got people there. It was also to bring together the Assyrian community."
The Assyrian flag can be seen running through the video at the end of the clip. The video has garnered more than 17,000 views so far. That's more than the larger Valley Shake, which currently has about 11,500 views.
The Turlock Poker Room has also gotten in on the fun and on Monday morning they brought together employees and customers to shake what their mamas gave them inside the business. Poker Room Manager Mario Alvarez said they made the video to show the lighter side of a game some people think is very serious.
"We wanted to one to show the inside of Turlock Poker Room," he said. "People might have a stereotype of a poker room as being dark and gloomy. This Harlem Shake thing was a way to express to everyone that this is a place where people come to have a good time."
The YouTube video has been posted on the Poker Room's homepage and has about 2,600 views. Alvarez said feedback on their Harlem Shake video has been very positive, with some people even saying it convinced them to check the place out for themselves.