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Four-second 'Disco Grandma' video by Miami Gardens photographer goes viral on Internet

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

A back-seat boogie by his longtime neighbor has landed Miami Gardens photographer Yoeslan "Joey" Alfaro one of the Internet's most-viewed Vine videos.

Alfaro says he was simply doing neighbor Conqui Hernandez a favor last June when she asked him for a ride to a local rental-car agency.

During the drive, Alfaro tuned in radio station Y100 and on came Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines.  

"I heard the song and said I kind of like the beat and I turned it up," Alfaro said.

From the back seat, Hernandez liked the beat, too, and started swaying to the music.

"I grabbed my phone and recorded the thing on Vine," Alfaro said.

Alfaro uploaded the four-second video to Vine's website and this week, dubbed "Disco Grandma," it landed on Facebook's "Best Vines" page.

"It’s just exploded. I just posted it. People started liking it little by little on the Vine application," Alfaro said. "People kept tagging and tagging. sharing with their friends."

Website Gawker linked to Alfaro's video on Tuesday and by Wednesday more than 307,000 Facebook users hit the "like" button. Nearly 75,000 Facebook users have shared it.

Alfaro, 28, has known Hernandez, a grandmother, since they both lived in Havana.

"She’s hilarious," says Alfaro, who is engaged to Joandris "Joey" Hernandez (no relation to Conqui). "She thinks the video is hysterical. Every time I see her at home she asks how many hits do we have?"


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