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Thriller in Ventura

Thriller Dance in Ventura

Be part of a world record attempt

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” album and video. On October 26, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe will take to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, scores of dancing un-dead will perform at the Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday, October 26, at 2:00 p.m. as part of this worldwide record attempt. Additional zombies are encouraged to participate and Thriller classes are currently underway at several locations throughout Ventura County. To register or to learn more about this event, visit or contact Event Coordinator Louise Bretz at 223-0635. Prior dance experience is not required and zombies of all ages are welcome. Participants may also learn the dance on-line at

Now in its eighth year, an estimated 10,000 participants in 200+ events in 25 countries are expected to perform Jackson's Thriller dance via satellite countdown . In 2009, the year of Michael Jackson's death, 22,923 people at 28 events in 32 countries danced Thriller at the same time; breaking the Record Holders Republic record for "Largest Simultaneous Thriller Dance," while gathering over $85,000 for 80 charities worldwide. In 2009, local dance instructor Louise Bretz coordinated the first-ever Ventura Thriller performance, gathering donations for the local Mossy Foot Project with outreach to Africa. In 2011, Louise’s dancers joined forces with Maverick’s Gym and staged the largest Thriller performance in Ventura with 78 dancers aged 6 to 64 stomping and roaring to the beat of Thriller.

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