Forget about the catatonic undead; the zombies are alive and dancing at Rockland District Middle School. As part of the Rockland Afterschool Alliance, several students have been preparing their ghoulish moves for International Thrill the World Day. The annual global tribute to Michael Jackson’s epic dance video ‘Thriller’, Thrill the World attempts to set a world record for the largest simultaneous ‘Thriller’ dance. In 2009, 22,571 people in 264 cities from 33 countries danced “Thriller” at exactly the same time, setting a new record. Zombie crews from Rockland and countries near and far emerge from their eerie resting spots to dance the posthumous King of Pop’s choreography at the same time in hopes of setting a new world record this year.
RASA students have been studying every week with Youthlinks instructor Caitlin Schick to learn ‘Thriller’ moves. The choreography for the event is uniquely structured to offer an easy to learn version of the dance, pairing words and rhythms with physical movements. Students continue to practice and are preparing their zombie attire for their dancing Z-day. The infectious moves have even snagged some local community members to join the zombie squadron for the official dance. The more the scarier! Keep your eyeballs peeled -Youthlinks hopes to make Thrill The World an annual event for both students and adults alike in the Midcoast. For more information about the international event, visit www.thrilltheworld.com.
The official event will take place October 29that Harbor Park in Rockland. The dance will begin exactly at 10 am to coordinate with all other international dances. Cautious onlookers are encouraged to watch if they dare.
Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 11-17 in mid-coast Maine. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded by grants and the generous donations of individuals and businesses. All programs are free for participating youth.
RASA is a collaborative program of Youthlinks and RSU 13 supported by a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant from the Maine Department of Education. For more information contact Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA