Thrill the World: Join the Global Dance Event!

Do you remember the first time you saw the groundbreaking music video to Michael Jackson’s song, “Thriller”? Wherever you were, we want to revive that thrill you felt watching those creepy zombies dancing out of the mist led by the man in red. To recreate that experience, we are joining the dance and want you to as well! At the library, we are participating in the annual worldwide dance event, Thrill the World, on Saturday, October 27 at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome to join us in the group dance performance. Participants are encouraged to arrive between 4:30-5:30 p.m., and to dress in zombie-inspired clothes and make-up. People must attend at least one practice session in order to participate, which are on Thursdays, October 11 and 18, from 6-7 p.m.

Thrill the World is an annual dance event in which thousands of people in cities around the world learn the “Thriller” dance and simultaneously perform it. One goal of the global event is to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Thriller Dance, which was set in 2009 with over 22,000 participants worldwide. Organizers also see the dance event as a way to bring people together, both around the world and in their local communities.

This is why Jennifer Johnson, JCPL’s School Age Program Coordinator, thinks the library’s involvement in the event is important. She says that the library started participating in Thrill the World in 2016, as a way of bringing diverse people in our community together. “We’ve had participants ranging from ages 4-50, and everyone comes for their own reasons.” One year, Jennifer says, a mother and daughter joined because they wanted an event in which they could both participate. Another time, a group of women in their 50’s took part together simply because they wanted to prove to themselves that they could do it. Jennifer says she personally participates because it’s a way to exercise, to meet new people, and just to have fun.

If you would like more information about the event, contact Jennifer at 423-434-4348 or

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