Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sikeston Citizens to Learn Thriller Dance, Possibly Shatter World Record

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 3:24 PM

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Back in April 2002, about 200,000 grade school kids across Canada simultaneously danced the Hokey Pokey. Thus was set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance.

That record could be in danger, though, and folks from Sikeston, Missouri have signed up to help shatter it. How? By rockin' the Thriller dance.

Thrill the World is an online organization spawned a couple years ago by Ines Markeljevic, who according to her website, is a young Canadian dance and pilates instructor. Last year, Markeljevic and her group claimed to have set the world record for Largest Simultaneous Thriller Dance with 4,179 zombie-dancers in 72 cities in ten different countries (including Saudi Arabia). 
This year, they want to pay hommage to the late King of Pop by breaking the Guinness World Record. And an enterprising band of individuals down in Sikeston will be pitching at the official date/time of October 24, 7:30 p.m. EST.

Click here for the story, which originally appeared in the Sikeston Standard Democrat. It looks like the only other place in Missouri that's participating is Kansas City.

By the way, TTW's Web site is super-organized, with a 30-page PDF showing the different starting times for cities around the world. The site also has a page of links to YouTube clips in which Markeljevic shows you how to do the dance. Get out your sweats and get to it:

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