Upcoming Thrill the World practices, and event details!

It’s close to midnight… and we’re counting down to Thrill the World’s 10th annual Thriller dance, on October 29th!

First up…. we have practices scheduled through October 28th. You’re welcome to join any, or all, of the practices, as you like. Upcoming practices:

  • Sunday, October 16th: 2-4 pm, at 2620 NE Fremont (east side of the building), with Dano
  • Friday, October 21st: 6-8 pm, at 2620 NE Fremont (east side of the building), with Schlyce
  • Sunday, October 23rd: 2-4 pm, at 2620 NE Fremont (east side of the building), with Dano
  • Friday, October 28th: 6-8 pm, at Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi.

We may add one or two other practices, on in-between days – we’ll let you know.

We’re very happy to announce a Thriller class on Thursday, October 27th, led by Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater. The cost is ten dollars; it’s from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, at the North Star ballroom, 635 N. Killingsworth. The facebook event page for the class is here.

You can also practice at home. Instructional videos are on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/INESSENS

We dance on Saturday, October 29th, 3 pm, at Irving Park’s covered basketball court – very close to the corner of NE 7th & Fremont. Please be at the court by 2:45 – we need to register everyone, before the dance begins.

We will also be accepting donations; we ask you for five dollars a dancer, with all proceeds going to local organizations that serve queer & trans people, SMYRC and Sankofa Collective.

Our facebook event page is here; please share!

More info soon on a couple of fun things we’ll be doing that afternoon at the court, as well.

Keep practicing, and we’ll see you soon, Thrillers!


We dance October 29th, 3 pm, at Irving Park!



The funk of forty thousand years is washed off, and we zombies rise… to dance! Thrill the World Portland takes the stage for its tenth 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 2:45 pm – we need to get you registered before you can take the court.

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 the Sankofa Collective (formerly the Black chapter of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and SMYRC, Portland’s Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center.

Practices are happening all month long! For more info, message us at ttwpdx@gmail.com. If you want to learn Thriller at home, look for instructional videos on youtube under username INESSENS.

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

Plus! Special guest performances! more information to come…

Thrill the World Portland 2016 is a benefit for SMYRC & Sankofa Collective.

Dancing Zombies Take Over the World; Portland Hosts 10th Annual Thriller dance & fundraiser 

It is a Saturday in late fall – Portlanders are smearing on makeup in ghoulish styles, ripping their clothes, and smudging themselves with dirt. Once it’s obvious they’ve recently risen from the grave, they converge on a covered court at Irving Park in Northeast Portland and drop to the asphalt. At precisely three pm, music ascends from speakers, and together, the zombie-dancers rise and break into a tightly choreographed dance…

This scene will emerge on October 29th, 2016, as Thrill the World, a worldwide project that coordinates local dancers to perform the zombie-dance from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, for the tenth year in a row.

Proceeds from Thrill the World Portland benefit the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC), a local organization that provides services and a drop-in center for queer youth, as well as Sankofa Collective, serving the needs of local queer and trans Black and African people.

Dancers will need to learn the dance ahead of time. Practices are held throughout the month of October, at a number of locations in Portland. Our team of five instructors each have years of experience teaching the full Thriller dance in public settings.

In our first nine years, Thrill the World Portland has had more than 1200 participants, and we’ve raised over four thousand dollars for local organizations serving queer and trans people.

For more information on SMYRC, visit their webpage. To learn more about Sankofa, this article in PQ Monthly gives some history.


Alan Silver, Thrill the World Portland organizer

This week’s Thriller/Thrill the World practice schedule!


Join us for Thriller practice – we have three coming up that you can attend. Come to one, or all, or any of our practices… or practice at home!

This week:

  1. Thursday from 6-8 pm, at Sellwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane.
  2. Friday, 6-8 pm, at Fremont UMC, 2620 NE Fremont St.
  3. Sunday, 2-4 pm, at Fremont UMC, 2620 NE Fremont St.

We *may* add a Saturday practice.

You can also dance to instructional videos on youtube, under youtube user name INESSENS.

See you soon!

–Alan, Thrill the World Portland organizer


Thriller flash mob at Portland State, Oct 15th

Hi Thrill the World Portlanders,

There is a fun and exciting opportunity to participate in a Thriller flash mob at the Portland State Vikings Homecoming Game vs. Cal Poly at Providence Park on Saturday, October 15th at 2:30pm (we would perform at half-time show).  This dance event aims to bring both the PSU and Portland community together from PSU students/staff/faculty to the general public in the spirit of education and the City of Portland.  The Athletics department intends to donate tickets to the first several zombies who sign up to perform and participate; it is $10 for a ticket to enter for anyone else who performs the dance.

Please email me at kahayes@pdx.edu if you have any questions, and sign up for the dance here.

Please tell people you know and forwarding this form will help get the word out! REHEARSALS will take place for PSU students/faculty/staff at the PSU Campus Recreation Center on-campus: Thursdays, October 6th, and October 13th : 6:15pm-7:45pm ; Saturdays, October 1st and October 8th : 1:15pm-2:45pm; Friday, October 14th: 2:15pm-3:45pm. For the general public, I recommend joining a Thrill the World rehearsal, which you can find here:https://www.facebook.com/thrilltheworldpdx/

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Next set of practices!

We have three practices coming up during the next week:

Thursday, October 6th, at the Sellwood Community Center (14th & Spokane), from 6-8 pm [unfortunately, this location is up a staircase, with no other access];

Friday, October 7th, at 2620 NE Fremont Street, from 6-8 pm;

Sunday, October 9th, at 2620 NE Fremont Street, from 2-4 pm.

More info as we schedule practices!