LEARN THE DANCE
Memorize as much of the dance as you can, using our YouTube lessons. You don't need to know it perfectly or completely to join in.
DRESS AS A ZOMBIE
Although it's not required, almost all of our participants dress up for the event. Copy a zombie look from the iconic Thriller video or create your own. We'll have makeup artistS on hand if you need a little help. Makeup artists will charge a small fee ($3-$5) to cover supplies.
Please don't forget to fill in a registration form/waiver at the event. You won't count towards the world record unless you do. If you're under 18, you must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver, which you can get HERE or at the event.
COME EARLY TO PRACTICE
Arrive arpund 1:30pm to practice the moves with your fellow zombies or our dance captains!
Our 2017 Thrill event will take place on Saturday October 28th. Southcentre Mall will be our host venue again, with a 3pm start time.
Thousands of other people in cities around the globe will perform the dance with us, at exactly the same second: a worldwide coordinated effort.
Anyone can join our attempt to break the World Record (for largest simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller') by learning the dance with our free step-by-step YouTube tutorials.
There are no age or dance skill requirements. It's all about having fun and taking part.
Thriller participants (and spectators, too) are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Calgary Food Bank.
We are also a PartcipAction Teen Challenge event, promoting unique ways for young people to get active; and to tackle the obesity epidemic in Canada.
How do I join in?
When/Where is Thrill 2017?
Thrill The World is an annual simultaneous world-wide dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
There are Thrill events in most major cities, from London to Tokyo; Paris to Rio; Sydney to New York City. Vistit Thrill The World's international site at ThrillTheWorld.com to find details.
Each year, the goal is to set a new world record for numbers of people dancing Thriller. The current record is the 2009 event -- the year Michael Jackson passed away -- with 22,923 participants, in 264 cities (including Calgary) from 33 countries.
Thrill The World was started by dancer Ines Markeljevic in Toronto in 2006. Calgary joined the movement in 2009 with an event at Canada Olympic Park, sponsored by ScreamFest. Our 2010 event was sponsored by Calgary Downtown Association and held on historic Stephen Ave. 2011 through 2013, sponsored by William Joseph, were held in Eau Claire Market. In 2014, Southcentre became our new home base!
Anyone can take part in Thrill the World here in Calgary. It's free to participate, it's open to all ages, and there are ONLY THREE STEPS needed to join the movement.
1. Learn the dance.
2. Sign a registration form/waiver at the event.
3. Thrill the world.
However, to enjoy the full Thriller Night experience -- e.g. dressing as a zombie, supporting the charity, etc. -- take a look at our checklist.
Who can take part?
What is Thrill The World?
How do we support charity?
How to get to our TTW host venue
Thrill The World takes place in Southcentre Mall's Inner Circle (Centre Court). Click on the map for interactive directions.
BY CAR: The mall is located at 100 Anderson Road SE. Anderson is easily accessed from Deerfoot Trail and Macleod Trail. There is ample parking.
BY C-TRAIN: Southcentre Mall is connected to Anderson C-Train Station by a pedestrian walkway. Anderson Station can be accessed on the Red (south) C-Train line. Connections from other lines can be made downtown.
BY BUS: Many bus routes (including the #10) stop at Southcentre and Anderson Station. To find the best route from your location, use the Calgary Transit trip planning tool HERE.
ON FOOT: Just remember, zombies walk sloooooooooowwwwww...
-- "What time should I get there?"
The event starts at 3pm exactly, but we suggest participants arrive early (1:30pm) to learn the dance, practice the moves and register. When the event starts (at 3pm) all participants need to be registered and ready to dance. There'll be two performances of the dance between 3pm and 4pm -- a full dress rehearsal and the actual world record attempt. The entire event will be done by around 4:15pm.
-- "Will someone be able to help with my make-up?"
Yes, we have two professional make-up artists who'll be ready to zombie up your pretty faces. There'll be a small charge ($5 per adult, $3 per child) to cover their supplies if you choose to get your make-up done at the event. There WILL be a line for make-up, so come early! They'll be set up at 1:30pm.
-- "Can I do the dance if I'm under 18?"
Yes, but if you're under 18, you MUST have a legal guardian sign a waiver. You can get the waiver at the sign-in desk on Saturday, or download/print/sign one in advance from ThrillCalgary.com on the About/Join page. Minors must also be accompanied by an adult at the event.
-- "Will you be teaching or reviewing the dance?"
Yes, our dance captains will be teaching and reviewing the dance before the event, starting at around 1:30pm. You can always find fellow zombies to help with the Thriller moves too!
-- "What do I need to bring?"
Although it's not required, we ask that participants bring non-perishable food donations (or just regular donations) for the Calgary Food Bank.
-- "My fam jam is coming to watch! When should they arrive?"
Spectators should be there by 3pm to see both perfromances of the dance. They may want to arrive a little earlier to stake out a good spot. The entire event (including two 'Thriller' flash mobs, performances and prizes) lasts just over an hour.
-- "But I don't know all the 'Thriller' moves"
Don't worry if you don't know the full 'Thriller' routine. Thrill The World is all about taking part and having fun; not about doing it perfectly. Besides, the moves repeat several times -- so even if you only know the first 30 seconds, you already know most of the dance! (Or just do what we do and copy the person in front of you!)
-- "Do I have to dress as a zombie?"
No, anyone is welcome to take part, zombie or not! But it's much more fun to do the dance when you're undead, like most participants!
-- "Can I invite more people?"
Yes, absolutely. Share the Facebook event -- https://www.facebook.com/events/225031648027920 -- or send them to ThrillCalgary.com. Our dance mob is totally free to watch or come join!
-- "Will there be prizes?"
Yes there will! We'll have awesome prizes from Rocky Mountain Soap Co for the best zombie costumes!!
-- "What happens after the event?"
People tend to stick around to take selfies, make new friends and enjoy the 'thrill' of having just done a giant flash mob. Stick around Southcentre and grab a bite or do some shopping for non-bloody clothing!
BRING SOME FRIENDS
Anyone can join in the dance, but we love being watched too. The more, the merrier.
DONATE IF YOU CAN
Our event is free for everyone. But if you can afford to, please bring non-perishable food items for the Food Bank to collect.
SPREAD THE WORD
Tell everyone! Let's make this the biggest flash mob Calgary has ever seen!