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Somerville Thrill The World Official Site

 Hello all,

We now have a slightly less useless site for all of your information-seeking needs.  I will continue to update this page, but for all the latest info, and bunches of other stuff, please go to our new page.  

Here is everything you need to know about the event in a nutshell:
  • Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for world records and charity.
  • Somerville Thrill The World is being held as a benefit to the Somerville Community Corporation.
  • The event is taking place on Saturday October 24th.  
  • It will take place at the Unity Church of God on the corner of Somerville Ave and William Street in Davis Square.
  • If you don't already know the choreography, arrive at 3:00 pm for a workshop.  If you do already know it, arrive at 5:30pm.
  • There will be a small registration fee (around $5), which will go to the Somerville Community Corporation
  • Everyone should download the pledge form and raise some money for the cause.  I recommend a personal goal of $100, which really is only $5 from 20 people.  You could do it in an afternoon!
  • If you come with pledges, we will waive the registration fee and automatically enter you in the raffle to win sweet gift certificates to local restaurants and shops.
  • There will be prizes for the people who raise the top three amounts in pledges
  • Learn the dance online from step-by-step instructional videos or in person at World Rhythms Dance & Fitness or from me in my back yard (see our site for details)
If you have any questions or want to get involved in any way, feel free to drop me an email at ttw09somerville.com

World Rhythms Dance & Fitness

The World Rhythms Dance & Fitness dance studio has their Thriller workshop schedule on line and you can now sign up for classes!  Please go to their site and click on the "register" tab to sign up.  Here are the details on the workshops:

Saturday 10/10  5 - 7pm
Saturday 10/17  5 - 7pm
Friday 10/23  6:30 - 8:30pm

The cost is $25 per class ($20 if you're a member of the studio), or $65 for all three!  Also, there is a discounted rate for pairs: come with a friend, pay only $45 total!  All prices also include the day-of review class Saturday 10/24  5 - 7pm.  That's four hours of professionally taught dance classes for $25, which is pretty much totally unheard of.  Sign up!  Learn the Dance!

I will also be having a totally budget and non-professionally taught workshop in my back yard this Sunday 10/11 from 1 - 3pm.  Please email me at ttw09somerville.ma@gmail.com for the address and directions to get there.

Upcoming Thriller Workshops

The Thriller workshop we held this weekend was an excellent success.  The weather was lovely, the zombies were enthusiastic, all was right with the world. 

Here are the upcoming Thriller workshops that you should attend:
  • Sunday October 4th, 6pm in Salem MA at the Dodge Street Bar & Grill.  Salem is conveniently on the Commuter Rail (Newberyport/Rockport line leaving out of South Station at 4:30 and 5:30)
  • Sunday October 11th, at 1pm in my backyard in Somerville (Please email me at ttw09somerville.ma@gmail.com for the address)
Happy Dancing!

Thriller Workshop this Friday

Excited about Thrill The World, but anxious about learning the dance?  Never fear!  Starting this Friday I will be holding free workshops in my back yard once or twice a week so that I can teach you all those bad-ass moves.  Here's the deal:
  • Thriller dance workshop, all ages and dance experience levels welcome!
  • Friday, October 2, 2:30 - 5:00pm
  • Email me at ttw09somerville.ma(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like to attend and I will give you my address and directions if you need them
  • Come dressed in comfortable and outdoor-appropriate clothing that allows you to dance!
Hooray for Zombieing the crap out of this town!

Salem Zombie Practice!

Hello Zombies!  

If you are in the neighborhood of the  North Shore/would like to go there, there will be a Thriller practice TODAY Sunday September 27 at 6pm in the back room of the Dodge Streed Bar & Grill.  To get there from the Boston area you can take the Newberyport/Rockport commuter rail train leaving North Station at 4:30pm, which will give you ample time once you get to Salem to find everything.  If you prefer cutting it close, you can also take the 5:30 train.  This practice is being taught by one of the people who helped teach all the zombies who danced in the DragonCon Thriller dance over Labor Day weekend, so needless to say, he is a pro at Thriller teaching.  Do it!  Have an exciting undead-full Sunday afternoon!

Thriller Workshops

The World Rhythms Dance & Fitness dance studio in Somerville is now offering Thriller dance classes!  If you are interested in learning the dance from experienced instructors in a beautiful new studio for a modest fee, please contact Charlye at charlye(at)wrdancefitness(dot)com to learn about the schedule and sign up.

For a Good Cause!!

This evening I officially heard back that the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) has agreed to be the beneficiary of the Somerville Thrill The World event!  All of the proceeds that we generate from sponsorship, donations and pledges will now go to support this amazing agency.  SCC does a lot of vital work in Somerville, with a heavy focus on community empowerment and self-determination.  Please check them out and tell your friends that there is now yet another awesome reason to Thrill The World with us! 

In addition to asking for sponsorship from local businesses, we also ask that anyone who is planning to attend and participate in the Somerville Thrill The World event print out a pledge form (available soon) and collect pledges from friends, family, coworkers, strangers on the street...anyone you can think of!

Interested in a Zombie Promo??

If you would like to be involved in a promotional stunt for Somerville Thrill The World, please shoot me an email (ttw09Somerville.MA@gmail.com).  Your involvement could be dancing Thriller in zombie attire with a few other people somewhere in the Boston area; photographing or videotaping such events; baking cookies/brownies/etc for a zombie bake sale, or whatever else you can think of!  This is an opportunity to get the word out about our event in a fun and awesome way, so if you're interested let me know.

On-Line Registration Form

We now have an on-line registration form hosted by Google (see below).  If you are planning on attending the event and dancing, please fill one out ahead of time.  This will allow me to guess at how many people will be attending so that I can plan appropriately and saves time for everyone on Thrill Day.  If you're not totally sure you want to or will be able to attend, feel free to fill one out anyway, it's not binding or anything.  If you would prefer not to fill one out, but still want to be kept in the loop, you can always just shoot me an email at ttw09Somerville.MA@gmail.com.  Awesome!!


Do you spend a lot of time thinking about a potential zombie apocalypse?  Or about large-scale public choreographed dance events?  Or Michael Jackson's unparalleled genius?  Or all of the above?  Well you have come to the right place!

Welcome to what is now the Boston area's only Thrill The World 2009 event.  Thrill The World:  

an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of “Thriller” for world records and charity. 

A Tribute to Michael Jackson. 

For lots of details about Thrill The World, as well as videos with step-by-step instructions on learning the dance please visit the official website for the world-wide event.

If you need no further convincing, please email me at ttw09Somerville.MA@gmail.com to register for the Somerville event and be part of a record-breaking and surely life-altering experience!  If you have further questions about the world-wide event, you can email the head honchos at thrilltheworld@gmail.com.