Tuesday, September 23, 2014
AVON PARK — South Florida State College seeks dancing zombies to break a world record and raise money for charity.
For the first time SFSC will be one of the worldwide locations participating in the annual zombie dance of “Thriller.”
The college is inviting folks of all ages to learn the Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance and join the global event 4-6 p.m., Oct. 25, tentatively scheduled at the Theatre for the Performing Arts. The site may be moved to another location on campus based upon attendance.
The college’s Performing Arts Club is coordinating the event, which will benefit the United Way, Highlands County division.
SFSC Director of Cultural Programs Cindy Garren said the event started in 2006 and went global in 2007 as a way to celebrate Michael Jackson’s music and raise money for local charities.
Garren stressed, “We are looking for zombies of all ages ... to help us break the world record.”
A lot of people have told her they can’t dance, Garren said. “It’s not about the dance; it’s about the experience.”
“Thriller” dance lessons, led by Nancy McDuffee, will be held 7-9 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22, in the SFSC Health Sciences Building lobby.
The dance lessons are free; you can come to one or to all of them, but participants have to be registered with the college for the event to come to the dance lessons, Garren said. It’s $5 to register to join the zombie dance of Thriller.
Everyone will dance to the 5:58 minute version of “Thriller,” she said. The dance will start at exactly 6 p.m., Oct. 25.
The event will be video recorded and forwarded to the international headquarters of Thrill the World.
After the dance, there will be a screening of the George Romero horror classic, “Night of the Living Dead,” in the University Center. Admission to the movie is free, but a donation to the United Way is encouraged. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.
Performing Arts Club Vice President Kevin Wheaton said he likes the worldwide concept of the event and also getting the community involved in the fun together at the local level.
Zombies of all ages can register at www.crowdrise.com/thrilltheworld.
For more information check the SFSC Thrill the World Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Thrill-the-World-South-Florida-State-College/1483697055205794.
Last year the Thrill Day was held on Oct. 26 with about 6,451 zombies at 134 events in 22 countries and 6 continents, according to thrilltheworld.com. The biggest dances were at Redmond, Wash. - 256, Istanbul, Turkey–221 and Eugene, Ore.–213.
An estimated $68,000 in food,clothing and charitable donations was raised.
Thrill The World was created by Ines Markeljevic of Canada in tribute to Michael Jackson for world records and for charity.
Source: Marc Valero | Highlands Today