For the longest time I’ve had the urge to learn the Thriller dance but never found a good enough online tutorial nor put the time and energy into a thorough internet search. Then one day a few weeks ago, as I was driving home from yoga of all things, I heard an advert on the radio promoting the Worldwide Thriller Event Thrill the World whereby there would be an attempt at breaking the world record for most # of people simultaneously dancing to Thriller. Viola! So I immediately went home, looked up the info and reposted to Facebook thinking I’d surely have a ton of friends interested in joining me in this adventure. How many takers did I get? One. But she’s a feisty one that little Marisa…
The deal was that you register, then learn the dance which was broken down into sections and available in video format, and perform it at the allotted time. They also highly suggested that you attend at least one of the organized dance rehearsals that they held around town prior to the day of the event.
Numerous times during that last busy week prior I thought that I’d just learn the dance on my own and maybe bow out of going, simply because I really was packing in the activities and didn’t think I’d have the energy to carry everything out. Thankfully I had Marisa there every step of the way, clearly much more eager about this event than even I had been originally. So I pressed on and we went to the Thursday night rehearsal which cemented the dance in my brain and allowed Marisa to learn what she hadn’t at the previous rehearsal she went to the week before. We then got together on our own on Friday night to go over everything again for about an hour and a half. Professionals, we are.
Then Saturday October 24th came. I went to spin class, stopped by Union Station quickly to be on standby for a possible Family Tour (thankfully no one showed), went home, took a disco nap (spinning in the morning makes me tired) and then got ready to Thrill the World.
We met up at LA Live in the 3 o’clock hour and prepped, rehearsed, ate, had a drink and then danced; one rehearsal, 2 actual dances and a 3rd (just because). Andrew, Marisa’s man, came with her to record the event for posterity and to be our own little cheering section. He was in a word, awesome. Got great photos and video and was probably even more excited than we were.
I had a great time with truly good friends and made history in the process. Done and done.