Thrill St. Pete Hopes to Break World Record

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Every fall, expert, amateur and fun-loving dancers descend upon St. Pete with the hopes of being a part of the largest Thriller dance tribute in the world. Participants are encouraged to come painted in their zombie best.

In order to assist local residents who wish to participate but need a little help with choreography, Thrill St. Pete hosts a series of dance workshops and makeup lessons leading up to the big moment. Beginner dance lessons will be held on August 30, September 13 and September 27, from 7-9pm at Jazzercise St. Pete (2501 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North.)

Learn the iconic dance and support a great cause

All rehearsals leading up to the official Thrill St. Pete event are free, but donations are accepted. Funds raised from the workshops will benefit the Kind Mouse, a group that helps feed hundreds of hungry children each month. Businesses are invited to pitch themselves as a potential location for a Thriller flash mob. Something is currently in the works for the screening of Beetlejuice in Williams Park on September 30, which begins at 6pm.

Visit Thrill St. Pete’s website for a full list of dance workshops and zombie boot camp classes. This year’s Thrill the World Dance will be held at Cody’s Roadhouse Grill, 4360 Park Street North, on October 28 at 6pm.

In 2013, 6,451 Zombies showed up at 134 events in 22 countries and 6 continents. Estimated Funds Raised: Over $68,000 plus food/clothing/charitable donations. Make a change in the community, learn an iconic dance, and help celebrate all that makes the Burg shine during Thrill St. Pete.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: