Zombie Dance Dance Revolution
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Zombie Dance Dance Revolution

“Thriller” is having a moment. Last October, we reported the story of Thrill Toronto’s attempt to set the first Guinness World Record for Largest Thriller Dance (see the video at right) by recreating the choreography from Micheal Jackson’s video classic. Then there was the much blogged Thriller Wedding Dance on YouTube, a Bollywood-style version and reports from London and New York of fitness classes that use M.J.’s zombified moves as a 13 minute workout.
Now the ghoul kids from Thrill Toronto are back with plans to Thrill the World. The plan is to stage a simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” with thousands of dancers in over 100 cities on October 27, 2007. “Everyone asks why ‘Thriller,’ ” says choreographer Ines Markeljevic, the driving force behind Thrill The World. “But everybody knows it and it’s very easy to learn.” And the main purpose for the event is, simply, to get more people dancing.
While the Thrill Toronto’s record for Largest Thriller Dance is still unofficial at 65 dancers (most of whom where untrained), the group now hopes to set another record of largest Worldwide Simultaneous Dance. To get all ready-undeady for the event, the group is holding a Thriller Night this Thursday at Footwork Bar (425 Adelaide St. W). The doors open at 9pm. At 10:30pm Markeljevic will teach a section of the dance and at midnight there will be a performance. “You don’t have to dress like a zombie,” she says, “But you can if you want.”
Seriously, what better way to make two childhood fantasies (being in a video and in the Guinness Book of World Records) come alive?