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October 22, 2009

Dancers are gearing up for Saturday's mass "Thriller" performance

thriller dance rehearsalsSeveral months ago, dozens of dancers began training to zombie walk and booty swim their way through a mass synchronized performance of Michael Jackson's thriller.

The celebration, called "Thrill the World" will take place in the Inner Harbor at 8 p.m. Saturday.

As of today, about 275 have registered to perform the dance.

At the exact same time, thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) will join them around the world, in an effort to set a record for the largest synchronized dance routine at various venues ...

"It's been a lot of fun putting this together," said Cheryl Goodman, who organized the event. "The diversity of the people who are doing this is amazing."

Goodman has worked with 4-year-olds, senior citizens, men, women and folks from all different races, shapes and sizes, she said.

"I'm just amazed," she said. "Everybody has a great time."

If it rains, the performance will be moved to the Hippodrome, Goodman said.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:01 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Local music, Random stuff


Because zombies don't like rain?

Where exactly in the Inner Harbor?

There is an article about the "Thriller" dance event on

Although it was fun, it was a shame that the instructor was not faithful to the online instructional video which is where many of us had to learn it. As a result, the dance was out of sync at least twice with 100 dancers doing one thing & 100 dancers doing another. Hope next year is better.

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