Thriller practices, October 10th and 11th.

Practices this weekend!

At the Irving Park b-ball court, 7th & NE Fremont in Portland:

Saturday, 1-3 pm, with Paul.

Sunday, 2-4 pm, with Alan.

Michael texted us to remind you: “Wear a mask. Shamon!”

More info on streaming lessons, and a fb event page, to come.

Thrill the World returns!

It’s time: Portland’s 14th annual Thriller dance!

This year, we’re bringing you a socially distanced Thriller. We’ll still perform in public at Irving Park, and we’re going to use both courts to spread everyone out. Wear a mask! 

Practices scheduled so far:
this Saturday at Irving Park, from 3-5 with Sara (Oct 3)
this Sunday at Irving Park, 2-4 with Paul (Oct 4)

Were also working on a streaming Thriller, so that folks can dance along at home. You’re also free to create small outdoor Thriller dances of your own – please do let us know how many dancers you have, for our final total. We may have a streamed Thriller lesson as early as next week, mid-week. More info to come.

The details: 

  • Saturday, October 24th at 3 pm (the Global Thrill the World folks set the permanent date as the last Saturday before Halloween) 
  • Irving Park, 7th & NE Fremont in Portland, we’ll use the basketball courts.
  • Socially-distanced dancing! 
  • The nearest bus route is the 6 on MLK Boulevard. 

Get in touch if you have questions. We’re at


Thrill the World Portland 2019 – practices

Thriller season is underway!
Here’s all the info we have on upcoming practices:

Portland State Thrillers are hosting numerous practices, as well as a Thriller dance on 10/16. To sign up for the dance (and receive further details), fill out this document, and organizer Kara will be in touch:

All of the Portland State practices are at the PSU Student Rec Center, room #215, at 1800 SW 6th.

  • 10/9: 6:45pm – 8:15pm (Wed)
  • 10/11: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Fri)

Week 3/ Performance Week

  • Final Rehearsal! 10/14: 6:45pm – 8:15pm (Mon)* This is a critical one to attend if possible. – Rehearsal in FMH Building, 3rd Floor, near Transfer & Returning Student Resource Center (TRSRC)
  • Final Run-through/make-up & costumes: 10/16: 9:00am – 11:30am (Wed)
  • Wednesday, October 16th: Thriller performance at noon!
  • Friday, October 18th, 6:45 – 8:15 pm
  • Saturday, October 19th, 12:30 – 2

Thank you to Kara ( if you want to contact her directly) for organizing all of these practices.

In Portland:

Sunday, October 13th, 4-6 pm, at Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi, Portland, 97217
Sunday, October 20th, 4-6 pm, at Q Center
Friday, October 15th – evening –  tentative – we’re looking for a space to host us (ideas welcome!)

In Oregon City:
OC Public Library, First Floor Community Room
606 John Adams Street
12-1:30pm – Sunday October 6th, and Sunday, October 20th

Pioneer Community Center, Lower Level, 615 5th Street (entrance off of Washington)
6-7:30pm, Friday October 18th, and Friday October 25th

Three Rivers Guild and Downtown OC Association will host a Thriller flash mob on the evening of October 26th – more info to come.

In Hillsboro:
Saturday, October 12th, 2-4 pm – Tentative
Saturday, October 19th, 2-4 pm.
Practices at Hillsboro High, 3285 SE Rood Bridge Road, Hillsboro, 97123

The Gresham Zombie Walk is October 12th. They’ll host a Thriller dance at noon – all are invited. We may schedule a practice in Gresham for Friday, Oct 11th – we’ll let you know asap.  G’s Zombie Walk launches after the Thriller dance is complete. To join, meet up at the Gresham Arts Plaza, 488 NE 3rd Street, 97030.

We dance October 26th, 3 pm. At 2:45, Bollywood Thrillers will perform. Please arrive early enough to be registered before the dance begins – we need to add our count to the worldwide total!
FB event page here:

As always, we welcome donations – we suggest $5 a dancer. Proceeds go to KBOO Community Radio – for more info on the station.

You can find practice/instructional videos on youtube – search for Thrill the World lessons. We will update you later in the month with other opportunities to perform Thriller.

Thrill the World Portland 2018!

The funk of forty thousand years is in the air, and we zombies rise… to dance! Thrill the World Portland takes the stage for its twelfth annual Thriller dance, the local outpost of a simultaneous, worldwide Thriller.

Join us! We dance at three pm, Irving Park’s covered basketball court, close to 7th & NE Fremont. We ask that dancers arrive by 2:40 pm – we need to get you registered before you can take the court. Also – we’ll have a Bollywood Thriller performance before we dance Thriller, hosted and choreographed by our co-MC, DJ Prashant! Contessa de la Luna will be on hand to co-MC, as well.

We ask a five-dollar donation from all dancers. This helps keep our team motivated to come back year after year to bring you Thriller. Our proceeds this year go to KBOO Community Radio.

Practices continue through 10/26:

Fremont UMC, 2620 NE Fremont in Portland (east side of the building):

  • Friday, October 19th, 6-8 pm
  • Sunday, October 21st, 1-3 pm
  • Friday, October 26th, 6-8 pm

Luminous Dance Arts, 8065 SW Cirrus Drive #20E, Beaverton, OR 97008:

  • Saturday, October 20th, 2-4 pm
  • Sunday, October 21st, 2-4 pm

Costumes optional, Thrillers. All ages and all abilities are welcome. The Irving Park location is ideal for photography and video, as spectators can stand a couple of feet higher than dancers.

A facebook event page is here:

Folks who want to dance this weekend are invited to perform at the Stumptown ZombieCon. Plan to meet up at 7:30, at the Dixie Tavern, and ask for Winnie. This is 21 and over.

If you’re practicing at home, here are a couple of videos that Ines created:

Slow version with movement cues:
(this is slightly faster than the slowed-down version we use in practice)

Regular-speed song with cues:


Upcoming Thriller practice schedule.

Just under three weeks until we thrill Portland! There is plenty of time to learn the dance; here are practices we have scheduled (listed by location):

Fremont UMC, 2620 NE Fremont in Portland (east side of the building):

  • this Friday, October 12th, 6-8 pm
  • Friday, October 19th, 6-8 pm
  • Sunday, October 21st, 1-3 pm
  • Friday, October 26th, 6-8 pm

Luminous Dance Arts, 8065 SW Cirrus Drive #20E, Beaverton, OR 97008

  • this Saturday, October 13th, 2-4 pm
  • Sunday, October 14th, 2-4 pm
  • Saturday, October 20th, 2-4 pm
  • Sunday, October 21st, 2-4 pm

Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi:

  • Sunday, October 14th, 4-6 pm

Sellwood Community Center, 1422 SE Spokane:

  • Wednesday, October 17th, 6-8 pm

Folks 21-and-over are invited to dance Thriller at Stumptown Zombiecon, on Saturday, October 20th. Please meet up with us at Dixie Tavern, 32 NW 3rd Avenue, at 7:30 pm.

We dance Saturday, October 27th, at 3 pm. Details and fb event page to follow.

Portland’s Thriller dance lessons begin next week.


It’s close to midnight… and we’re counting down to Thrill the World’s annual Thriller dance, on October 27– our twelfth year terrifying and Thrilling Portland!


We’ll begin practicing the dance next week. Here are the first few practices we’re holding:

  • Friday, September 28, from 6-8 pm, at 2620 NE Fremont (east side of the building
  • Sunday, September 30, from 1-3 pm, at 2620 NE Fremont (east side of the building)
  • Sunday, October 7, from 1-3 pm, at 2620 NE Fremont (east side of the building)

All ages, all abilities are welcome to join. You can attend as many or as few practices as you like; or even none at all, if you’re learning the dance another way. We teach the dance in full at every practice; our instructors each bring different styles to teaching. 

You can also practice at home. Instructional videos are on youtube:

We dance on Saturday, October 27, at 3 pm – location to be announced. We’ll create a facebook event page soon. 

We will also be accepting donations. We ask you for five dollars a dancer, with all proceeds going to KBOO Community Radio.

Thanks! We’ll see you soon,
Alan & the Thriller team.