We thrill-killed it last year with 175 dancers in Pioneer Courthouse Square, in an urban downtown filled with the undead... and this year is going to be even more spectacular.
The dance this year is October 23rd, Saturday, at 4 pm. The date and time are chosen by the folks in Toronto who started Thrill the World and kick it into gear every autumn. We haven't finalized our dance location yet - we'll let you know as soon as we do! We will have room for as many people who want to dance.
Learning the Thriller dance ahead of time is a must ... with that in mind, there are two ways you can learn it:
--You can watch training videos on youtube. They are listed under youtube user name INESSENS; there are forty of them, numbered in order. They break the dance into eight sections and teach them individually, working up to the full Thriller.
--You can attend a practice!
We've scheduled seven practices, all of them at Fremont United Methodist Church, 2620 NE Fremont, Portland. The dates we have scheduled are:
- Friday, September 24, 6-8 pm
- Friday, October 1, 6-8 pm
- Friday, October 8, 6-8 pm
- Sunday, October 10, 3-5 pm
- Friday, October 15, 6-8 pm
- Sunday, October 17, 3-5 pm
- Friday, October 22, 6-8 pm
You do not need to practice ahead of time before coming to a practice, though it can help. We are happy to teach the full dance at these practices. You do not need to register for the practices... you can just show up! They are open to everyone.
If you or someone you know wants to help but doesn't want to dance, please let us know! We can use a few volunteers on the day of the event (and in the days beforehand!).
Just like the last couple of years, we are asking for five dollar donations for participants and spectators (kids absolutely get to participate and watch for free) - ALL of the money raised will go to SMYRC, the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center here in Portland. We will not turn anyone away for lack of funds.
More info at www.ttwpdx.com ! email us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Wanna see what we looked like last year?
Thanks so much! Get in touch if you have more questions, and we hope to see you soon...
Peace to MJ.
Alan & Kate