Friday, June 26, 2009

Thriller Dance - Have You Ever Wanted to Learn?

So, yes... I'm sad Michael Jackson's gone. Since he was sort of a Super Celebrity he never seemed quite real to me. I remember the first time I really knew he existed - I was somewhere around five years old staying at the The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island with my family (as we did every summer back then). I was attending a children's entertainment group one evening and they gave every child a toy. Mine was a Michael Jackson doll (like a Barbie Doll but with a white sparkley glove). I had no idea who he was and thought the toy was just strange. I wonder what it would be worth now...

But I'm sad, because as I've gotten older I've developed a nostalgic appreciation for some of his music. My favs: Billie Jean, Remember the Time, and of course Thriller.

I have always wanted to learn the Thriller dance!

Well that's not entirely true... I really became interested in learning the Thriller Dance back when I was play Guild Wars a couple of years ago. I had a Necromancer (with a killer black-red leather outfit) and one of my favorite procrastination activities was to type in the command for dance. Imagine my surprise when suddenly she started busting out with the Thriller dance.

In case you're looking to spice up your workout routine (as I am) I stumbled upon Thrill The World a couple years ago. It's a group that tries to get a bunch of people around the world every year to dance the Thriller dance simultaneously. Crazy idea but loads of fun, no?

I've never participated in this effort, but I have watched Ines's instructional videos. I think that I shall have to teach myself this dance at some point this weekend, just to celebrate the music of Michael Jackson.

Of course, if there's anyone in Dayton who might want to actually participate in Thrill The World, I would LOVE to do this one of these years. Do you have Halloween plans yet? If not, let's dance!