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Synchronized Thriller performance sees zombies dancing in Christchurch



Dancers, including bloody nurse Katala Hansen, dressed up for the annual Thrill The World global synchronized dance spectacular held in Christchurch on Sunday morning.

JOSEPH JOHNSON / STUFF

Dancers, including bloody nurse Katala Hansen, dressed up for the annual Thrill The World global synchronized dance spectacular held in Christchurch on Sunday morning.

Christchurch Thriller-fans joined thousands of dancers worldwide for a six-minute synchronized dance routine to Michael Jackson's classic tune on Sunday.

Dancer Carrie Martin leads a mob of Cantabrians through rehearsals at The Commons, with everyone grooving in union for the performance, in unison with other dancers and Jackson-lovers joining similar events around the world.

The choreography was taped on YouTube clips and shared online before the big day to give entrants a chance to familiarize themselves with some of the trickier moves.

The zombie event is held every year on the Saturday before Halloween. This year, Halloween falls on Thursday.

JOSEPH JOHNSON / STUFF

The zombie event is held every year on the Saturday before Halloween. This year, Halloween falls on Thursday.

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Thrill the World Christchurch, at 11am, was run alongside a global organization by the same name celebrating Jackson. Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, the group encourages people to connect through dance and raise money for local charities.

Donations from the free Thriller the event went towards Dancing Like the Stars, a nine week dance program in low-decile primary schools throughout Christchurch.

About 60 people attended the dance, on Kilmore St, in Christchurch.

JOSEPH JOHNSON / STUFF

About 60 people attended the dance, on Kilmore St, in Christchurch.

The dance was part of a FoUND (festival of the undead) Halloween-themed family fun day.

The festival, in its second year, hosted several ticketed events across the city at venues including The Commons, The Art Center's Great Hall, Lumiere Cinemas, The Darkroom, Tūranga and Little Andromeda throughout Labor Weekend, including Nosferatu with live piano accompaniment and the Rocky Horror Picture Show singalong.

Dancers young and old dressed up in Halloween-inspired costumes.

JOSEPH JOHNSON / STUFF

Dancers young and old dressed up in Halloween-inspired costumes.


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