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Missouri quarterback James Franklin leads MU students in Harlem Shake

Saturday, February 16, 2013 | 5:27 p.m. CST; updated 9:16 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 16, 2013
About 200 students danced for the filming of the "Mizzou Harlem Shake" video led by Missouri quarterback James Franklin on Saturday afternoon on the Francis Quadrangle.

COLUMBIA — Missouri junior quarterback James Franklin has orchestrated dozens of touchdown drives on Saturday afternoons.

But this Saturday, Franklin led about 200 MU students and Columbia residents in something completely different: the Harlem Shake, the popular YouTube dance craze.

“It was pretty good,” Franklin said afterward. “There were some characters out here today.”

Franklin, along with several members of the Missouri football team, used social media throughout the week to get the word out. 

“Who wants to make a Harlem shake video Saturday at the columns around noon with some of us football guys?” Franklin tweeted Wednesday.

Students flocked to MU’s Francis Quadrangle wearing a wide selection of costumes. 

Despite the temperature remaining in the 20s, senior Stefan Haley wore only an American flag-print Speedo. 

“I bleed red, white and blue,” he explained as the motivation behind his outfit. 

Other MU students more equipped for the cold weather said they came out to support their school.

“We just wanted to show some school spirit,” sophomore Jonathan Davis said. “And I can do my bernie (a dance move).”

Sophomore Nikki Gassman said she hoped Missouri’s Harlem Shake could compete with other versions already posted on the Internet.

“We want to be the best,” she said.


Another MU group led by Truman the Tiger also produced and posted a Harlem Shake video.

Related article: What's the Harlem Shake and how did it become so popular?


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