The Harlem shake, originally called the albee, became mainstream in 2001 when G-Dep featured the Harlem shake in his music video Let's Get It. It has its history from an East African or Ethiopian (Abyssinian) dance called "Eskista."
The Harlem shake's modern background goes back to the year 2001, with dancers called shakers, such as Dirty Kirk and M5. The shake has nothing to do with the chicken noodle soup, and although they both come from Harlem, one did not evolve from another.
The dance has similarities to an Ethiopian (Abyssinian) dance called Eskista. The political, cultural and religious link between Harlem and Abyssinia go back over 200 years, that included the formation of the Abyssinian Baptist Church – one of the oldest African American churches.
Albee (the world famous) relative to Tony Ray from fame originally started doing this dance in the 90's. Just like other dance moves that Puff Daddy claimed for his was done by people in harlem way before him. Albee was an alcoholic that would dance if you just asked him. I assume the move was seen during the Harlem Classic Basketball games then shown in a music video..
The "Harlem Shake" is done by moving one shoulder down towards the ground, as to which to other shoulder is not able to be seen. As you are doing that, you are also shimmying. After you do that, you then switch your shoulders by continuing to shimmy your arms in the same movement and then you just SWITCH. There are many different forms of the shake and new styles. After you have done that, you have mastered the "Harlem Shake".