Fredericksburg, VA, August 8, 2012 — The Thrill the World dance and food drive is coming to the Spostylvania Town Center in October. Thrill The World is an annual worldwide attempt to break the world record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Thousands of Funky Zombies in cities around the world will learn "Thriller," dance and perform it together on the day that Thrill The World takes place. Fredericksburg's contribution to the global record effort will happen at the Spotsylvania Town Center, right in front of Sephora, at 3pm on Saturday, October 27.
Joel and Valerie Webber, who teach swing dance on Sunday nights at Picker's Concert Hall on Caroline Street, are organizing the local Thrill The World event. They will be teaching the dance to aspiring zombies during September and October on Sunday nights at 5:00 pm at Picker's. The class is free of charge, but we ask that participants bring a canned food item for the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. The pair are also organizing a midweek zombie practice at Mainstreet Grill and Bar in Stafford.
"Thrill the World is a way to bring people together while having fun, getting some exercise, and enjoying good music," Valerie Webber said. "You don't even have to be a great dancer: zombies are not exactly known for their dancing skills."
In addition to having fun, Thrill The World is about helping local charities. "We are asking our dancers to bring in nonperishable food items to contribute to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank," Valerie Webber said.
Ines Markeljevic began the Thrill the World event in 2006, and it has been growing and setting new records ever since. In 2011, there were 194 events and 12,297 Zombies in 29 countries.
Joel and Valerie Webber, of Stafford, have been teaching swing dance in Fredericksburg since January. They teach with Gottaswing, a DC-based organization that teaches about 5,000 people to swing dance in various locations every year.