Show off your ‘Thriller’ dance moves at NorthHalsted Parade
By NATASHA WASINSKI October 30, 2012 6:46PM
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◆ 7 p.m. Wednesday (arrive by 6 in costume to march)
◆ Travels south on Halsted from Waveland to Belmont
◆ Register at dawnofthe zombieapocalypse.com for email and text updates on the flash mob
Updated: December 1, 2012 4:43PM
A woman parading around as the King of Pop didn’t stand a chance against Julie Dahlinger.
Despite friendly warnings, the Michael Jackson “Thriller” lookalike insisted on a dance-off at a local bar Saturday night.
Dahlinger, who went with a “Billie Jean” costume, accepted the challenge. The outcome was just what the 29-year-old Andersonville resident had expected.
“We danced for five minutes and then she excused herself and went to get a drink,” Dahlinger said.
Dahlinger, a longtime Jackson fan, plans to bust a move again on Halloween in her red leather jacket — synchronized with 50 zombie-like strangers.
As the nighttime Northalsted Halloween Parade winds through Lakeview on Wednesday, creatures are expected to re-create moves made legendary in the 1983 hit music video “Thriller.”
Precisely when and where the group performs is a secret; the “Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse” thrill dance, open to the public, is a flash-mob style tribute to the late artist.
Despite his untimely death three years ago, Jackson’s fanfare has yet to wane, especially at Halloween.
“I don’t think people are willing to let Michael Jackson go because there never was one like him before and never will be again,” Dahlinger said.
Troy Hilbrands, organizer for the public dance performance, said “Thriller” is must-hear music on Oct. 31.
“It’s just one of those very few songs we have for Halloween that everyone can jam to,” he said. “It’s classic song that probably will be around for another 25 years.”
While “Gangnam Style” tops the charts now, the timeless “Thriller” zombie dance earned a place in pop culture history for both its intrigue and ease. The stomp, shoulder tic and freakish shimmy are moves that can be mastered with practice.
“It’s one of those iconic dance styles that doesn’t go out of style,” said Kamla Koyani, assistant manager for May I Have This Dance Studio, which hosts a two-hour “Thriller” workshop also on Halloween.
The Jefferson Park studio offers the class annually in the fall because of its popularity.
Dancers can show off their newly acquired skills at the studio’s belated Halloween costume party Friday.
Koyani said the “Thriller” dance makes people want to dance, even the wallflowers.
“That’s the power of music,” Hilbrands said.
Natasha Wasinski is a local free-lance writer.