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Hernando shakes it up for charity

Published:   |   Updated: April 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM

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Basketball superstar LeBron James and the Miami Heat have done it.

The staff of the Jimmy Fallon Show was seen performing it live. CNN anchors and sports teams across the country have taken the plunge.

And now, Hernando County can join the ranks of those who have done a version of the ubiquitous Harlem Shake.

For the uninitiated, the shake occurs when a lone person dances onto the scene and eventually the music gets everyone excited and a larger group of outlandishly dressed people suddenly break out into a dance, perform mostly unchoreographed moves, wave their hands and generally look like they are having fun.

The Hernando Shake is a variation of the craze and, while it may be outwardly entertaining, it focuses on a serious issue: domestic abuse awareness.

The producers of this dance, performed last week at the county commission chambers, shines the spotlight on the county's Dawn Center, which provides a safe haven for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The Hernando Shake is so infectious that County Commission Chairman Dave Russell even gets into it by banging the gavel before the dancing begins.

The video, now viewable on YouTube, debuted at last Friday's Hernando County Republican Executive Committee's Lincoln Day dinner.

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