Hundreds of Zombies Dancing to Thriller: Thrill Vancouver Returns, Oct. 25

Photo credit: Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Photo credit: Vancouver Film School | Flickr

Are you ready to let out your inner zombie?

Thrill Vancouver, the event where people dress up in gruesome costumes and dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, returns Saturday, Oct. 25.  This year, the dance – which has attracted hundreds of participants in the past – is being held at Olympic Village Plaza, on False Creek in downtown Vancouver, at 4 p.m.

Thrill Vancouver is actually part of the international Thrill the World event, which sees thousands of participants in dozens of different countries simultaneously emulate the signature dance moves from Jackson’s epic 1983 music video Thriller, which famously featured walking corpses thrusting and gyrating to the beat.

Photo credit: John Biehler | Flickr

Photo credit: John Biehler | Flickr

Thrill the World got its start in Toronto back in 2006, when a local dance instructor taught a group of 62 zombies the Thriller dance.  A couple hours later, they performed in unison at a community hall, setting the first Guinness World Record for Largest Thriller Dance in one location.  Each year since, the Thrill the World event – which generally takes place around Halloween – has grown in popularity.  It now attracts more than 10,000 participants in hundreds of cities around the world. (For timezone reasons, two dances are now performed, 12 hours apart.)

Photo credit: John Biehler | Flickr

Photo credit: John Biehler | Flickr

Want to join in but don’t know all the Thriller moves? You’re in luck.  This year, multiple rehearsals are being held in the days leading up to the event at the Creekside Community Centre on False Creek.  For a suggested donation of $5, you can learn all the Thriller basics, from the zombie march to the unforgettable zombie claw shuffle.  Rehearsals are Oct. 17, 22 and 24 in Room MP-4 at the centre.  You can get a head start by checking out this unbelievably comprehensive series of YouTube videos.

And of course you’ve got to look the part, too.  To really get into the role, swing by the Creekside Community Centre from noon onward on the day of the actual event (Oct. 25) for a professional zombie make-up job.  Trained artists are offering a range of services, from basic zombie face make-up (pale face/sunken cheeks, under eyes, dark lips) for $10 to the deluxe package, full zombie face make-up plus two prosthetics (large laceration, cheek bone showing or gushing/ripped-open neck) for $40.

Full information is available on the Thrill Vancouver Facebook Page.

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