Video: Portland Thrill the World Dance & 2011 Info | Practice, Date, Location | Michael Jackson Zombie Thriller Dance

There are still two more dates to practice for the 2011 Portland Thrill the World Dance this Halloween weekend. If you are not going to dance, you can still watch it this Saturday at Irving Park!


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From Thrill The World:
Portland Thrill The World Dance
Saturday, Oct. 29 at exactly 7 p.m.

Irving Park | NE 7th Ave & Fremont St
Portland, Oregon 97212 | Park info:

Thrill Portland is celebrating its fifth year of dancing zombies and Michael Jackson roar moves!

On Saturday, Oct. 29 at exactly 7 p.m. (this is a worldwide-timed dance, you know), at the basketball court in Irving Park (NE 7th and Fremont), zombies will convene to perform possibly the most internationally well-known dance besides the hokey-pokey – Michael Jackson’s infamous “Thriller.”

As with every other year, we are raising money for SMYRC (Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center). Over the last 1/2 decade, we’ve gone from 60 dancers to 170, and are hoping for even more this year! We’ve held the event at Holocene, at the Oaks Park Rose City Roller hangar, at Pioneer Square…this year we’re trying out Irving Park. You seriously haven’t lived (or in this face, died) until you’ve done this dance or seen it performed by mass amounts of Portlandia-ish Portlanders.

We will be dancing in sync with people WORLDWIDE at the very same time. More info about the international event can be found here:

The worldwide events are also raising money for local non-profits! See worldwide videos here:

For more info on the local event and your final chance to learn the dance Friday night or Saturday afternoon, go here: or “like” us on Facebook under “Thrilltheworld Portland.”


Check us out from last year in Pioneer Square


Thrill The World PRACTICES

As we did last year, we're holding practices at Fremont UMC, 2620 NE Fremont in Portland. We’re grateful to FUMC for donating use of their space to us. The practices coming up are:

  • Friday, October 21, from 6-8 pm with Alan & Jamilah
  • Sunday, October 23, from 3-5 pm with Schlyce
  • Friday, October 28, from 6-8 pm with Alan & Jamilah
  • Saturday, October 29, from 1-3 pm with Alan —- this is a new addition to the practice schedule.

The practice on the 28th will have two sessions at once: Alan working with folks who want to practice the moves in sections, leading up performing the dance in full; while Jamilah works with folks who know the dance and want to run it straight through. We will try to accomplish something similar at the practice on the 29th.

You do not need to RSVP to attend practice. You don’t need to attend every practice, or even any of them. Training videos are available online (youtube and if you want to practice on your own. We are going to have some amazing instructors for dance practice this year. If you practice on your own, please make sure that you use the Thrill the World version of the dance, so that everyone is in synch on the dance we’ll be performing.



The official dance date, set by the Thrill the World organizers, is October 29th, at 7 pm. We're going to dance at the basketball court at Irving Park, at 7th & NE Fremont in Portland. We need to register everyone who dances, so please arrive early. We'll be at the courts by 5:30, and we can begin registration then. Please be at the courts by 6:30 if possible; we will be practicing the dance informally before the official Thrill the World time at seven pm!

We invite you to stay for just a few minutes after the dance for a surprise that we’re whipping up.

If you know someone who will be filming/photographing any of the dances we’re doing, please let us know! We’d like to have access to some photo and video footage of our events…. Thank you!

The Portland Zombie Walk is on October 30th beginning at Hollywood Vintage, at 28th & NE Sandy. Folks will beginning gathering at noon, when the location is open, and the walk kicks off by one pm. We will do a Thriller dance at H. Vintage a little before the walk begins probably no later than 12:45 pm.

We’ll also dance at Last Thursday, Oct 27th, about 7 pm, to promote Thrill the World, somewhere on Alberta Street.



We organize Thrill the World: Portland as a fundraiser for SMYRC, the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center in NE Portland. We will gratefully accept donations to SMYRC at both Thrill the World, and the Zombie Walk.

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