Saturday, October 27, 2007

a child of the 80s moment

When I was little, Michael Jackson was cool beyond words. I remember fondly the days when my mom would pop "Off the Wall" onto the hi-fi (yes, we had ye olde record player) and my sister and I would bop around to "Rock with You" in the living room. Fun times. Too bad he somehow couldn't manage to stay that way.

And even though I begged my mom to watch this video, you know, cause all the cool kids got to...once I was finally allowed to it scared me even more than the old witch on Snow White. (Being about 6 or 7, that old haggy witch was my all-time scary reference!)

Apparently, if you had the fortune (or misfortune, depending on how you look at it) to be downtown Seattle yesterday, there was a flash mob dance...and I bet ya know what that dance was. I can't imagine how strange it would be to be downtown on your typical cold, sunny October afternoon sipping your latte and window-shopping when hundreds of zombie-bedecked folks stumble around and proceed to perform the 5-minute zombie dance. Whaaaat?

Even more amazing, the folks that participated as part of the thrill the world project were expected to primarily learn moves on their own and rehearse it together as a group over afternoon. I once had to learn a 4-minute mock couple ballet sequence for a college entertainment piece, and I think it took us about 10 hours just to get down the first half. Not to mention we were all ready to kill the genius who had the idea in the first place.

Do these pics make you wanna do the zombie dance?
Participants, including event coordinator and choreographer Ikrima Elhassan, center in red, perform at Westlake Plaza in Seattle. ...stolen from Mike Kane/Seattle P-ITiffany Tong of Seattle does the head-tilt...stolen from Mike Kane/Seattle P-I
Participants in the "Thrill the World" project, an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous dance routine, perform as zombies from Michael Jackson's 80's hit "Thriller" at Pike Place Market, in Seattle, WA on Saturday, October 27, 2007...stolen from Staff Photo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer/Mike Kane


La Arana Peruana said...

hahaha! how funny! It reminds me of the video I found on youtube

Jen said...

Fun! Nothing like this ever happens in Idaho Falls.

Cheryl and Greg Morton said...

Cool! Makes me want to be a zombie. er, er....

Jaime said...!