What is Thrill The World?
Thrill The World is an annual worldwide attempt to break the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Thousands of people in cities around the world will learn “Thriller,” dance and perform it together on the day that Thrill The World takes place.
What’s the purpose of Thrill The World?
Thrill the World want to bring dance to people all over the world. They want to remind everyone that before you believed you couldn’t (dance) you did. They want to connect the world, in fun, celebration and dance. And to show that it CAN be done. It’s not impossible. It just hasn’t been done yet. They think “Thriller” is the best way to reach the most number of people. As a bonus, on Halloween night parties, you’ll get to feel like a superstar in a movie when suddenly everyone erupts in choreographed dance!
In addition to sharing the joy of dance, the celebration of community and the passion for living, we created Thrill The World so that each event could be used to raise money for a local charity. Giving continues past just the steps of the dance, past the hands of Thrill The World to you, the participants. We want you to experience the gift of giving.
And lastly, Thrill the World believes by witnessing and/or being a part of Thrill The World, you will see for yourself that any dream, vision, idea, passion you have CAN be realized. Who would’ve thought we could inspire the world to dance with us? At the same time! Nothing is impossible. Impossible just means it hasn’t been done yet. Do the impossible!
2016 marked the 34th anniversary of the release of the “Thriller” album. It is still a popular and well-known video that crosses boundaries of language, culture, and geography. We believe that this is largely due to the amazing choreography. Don’t think so? Do the “roar” move anywhere, at any point, and without fail someone will yell, “Thriller!” The movements are so iconic and easily recognizable.
Best of all, “Thriller” is an easy dance to learn, when taught the way Thrill The World teaches it. We could do the Chicken Dance, or Hokey-Pokey, or the Macarena for a Guinness World Record… yes. But when Halloween rolls around, and you’re out at your Halloween party, you know “Thriller” will come on at midnight. And this year, you can have your very own movie moment when people you “don’t know” join you on the dance floor to do this “thrilling” dance!
Where did the idea for Thrill The World come from?
In October of 2005, Thrill The World Creator & Director, Ines Markeljevic, had read an article entitled, “Thriller at Dundas Square.” She thought that a large “Thriller” dance had passed her by. As luck would have it, she didn’t! “Phew! Glad I didn’t miss it,” she said to herself. It was a few days later that Ines had the idea that if it did not happen, then she would make it happen… and it would be a worldwide “Thriller” dance.