Thriller 2016 – The Afterglow

 

 

 

Thank you everyone who helped make this our best Thriller season ever! Our 200 dancing Zombies enjoyed a fabulous time together during three Flashmob weekends, a spectacular event at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens, and a day-long Zombie Romp in Santa Ynez. We have 1,000 amazing images and vibrant video footage to share with everyone who took part, cheered from the sidelines, or was with us in spirit.
The Sunken Gardens, Neverland, and Cold Spring Tavern
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Zombie Donations

It’s not too late to turn in your Sponsorship Envelopes or make a gift to our Rwanda Education Fund! Bring donations to class, drop them at Janet’s (906 Nopal), or Donate Online. So far, our TOP fundraising zombies are:

   

THANK YOU! 

We are so grateful to everyone who brought Thriller to life this year:

 Our Fabulous Thriller Sponsors: 

 

Participating Groups: 

 Westside Boys & Girls Club, Santa Maria Boys & Girls Club, SBCC Ambassadors, California Lutheran University, Education First (EF), Hollister School, La Colina Jr. High, Mountain View School, Vieja Valley School, Friends of the Children’s Home (Gallarate, Italy), SB Dance Center, Destined Dance, Montecito YMCA, SB YMCA

Event Organizers:

Danna Mead, Debra Geiger, Genevieve Feiner, Jackie Pruitt, Janet Reineck, Jennifer MacMillan, Juanita Johnson, Karen Stiny, Leah Combs, Lida Pardisi, Linda Jalaba, Lisa Buell, Marcia Heller, Monica Pessino, Olga Herrera Pinal, and Sandy Stinson
Photographers & Videographers:

Alma Gowler, Aaron Strockis, Chantelle Maganda, Dwight McCann, Eliot Crowley, Fritz Olenberger, Fritz Pinney, Hannah Kleidermacher, Hongjun Zhou, John Rousseau, Justin ProVideo, Lorraine DarConte, Noah Paule, Peter Haslund, Rob Hoffman, Sira Eriksen

 

Dance Instructors 

Make-up Artists

 


Sunken Gardens Set-up &
Sound

 

 

 

 

THOUGHTS ABOUT THRILLER…

 

LOLA PAREDES
“The entire Thriller experience was awesome and epic. Thank you so much for leading the Zombie mob for such a worthy cause. The Courthouse and Neverland Ranch were simply magical. Every place we went had its own special energy. I loved seeing the faces of the onlookers, especially the children. Way to carry the torch, Janet.”

 

 

KAREN STINY

 

“An amazing day – the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I so enjoyed the fellowship with other MJ fans and zombies, the dancing, the discovery of others’ lives. So much joy and the weather cooperated in every way. It was amazing that the sun shone down on us when we were at Neverland. What a blessing. This was my first time flash mobbing in Santa Ynez – can’t wait to do it again!”

 

 

 


PAMELA ALBERT

 

 

“I cannot thank you enough. I had a great time dancing and laughing and singing and getting to know an awesome group of people. And the best part is doing that for a good cause.  Having fun and helping others – well I don’t think it gets much better! Many thanks for all of the hard work that went into coordinating it all. I look forward to continuing with World Dance!”

 

 

 

JAYNE JOHANN

“Thank you for your amazing energy to make Thriller happen. It was a joyous experience and a highlight of this year. The vans were a great idea to meet other zombies and have fun together throughout the day. I can’t wait for next year!”

    

 

ANNETTA PATRICK

“It was a fabulous ‘thrill’ for me to participate in my first Thriller event. I had so much fun, and am very passionate about the Rwanda Education Fund!”

 

 

 

POOJA REDDY CHINTAKUNTA

“I am so happy I spent Halloween weekend with World Dance. It was totally great! I’m in my early 20’s and I had such a good time with the dancers of all ages. Best thing was in Neverland. Not even in my dream I thought, I would one day dance in front of MJ’s house. India is full of cultures, but MJ is the one who touched the hearts of Indians and introduced the western form of dance and music. Still today, for the young people who perform pop dance, it has to be a MJ’s song and his signature moves. Coming to Cold Spring Tavern, I felt like a butterfly just popped out of its cocoon. I let myself flow and did Indian traditional dance to the music of Soul Biscuit. I have no words to thank you enough. I found lovely spirits which I always wanted in my life!! I am so blessed to know you all.”

 

 

 LISA BUELL”Less than a month ago I was going about my business when I was handed a flyer about the Thriller event. As a dancer, I had a total blast learning MJ’s moves and discovering my inner performer as we boogied from one flash mob to the next. As a newcomer to Santa Barbara, I found myself instantly surrounded by the most fun, open and loving community of people who care about the world and love to have fun – you just can’t beat that combo. As a life coach, I have been so inspired and affirmed by Janet as a model for what can happen when you insist on doing what you love. In her case, taking 2 passions that aren’t obvious partners on the surface – dance and humanitarian aid – and using one to fuel the other; making a huge difference in people’s lives and creating a lot of joy along the way. I have had more fun this last month than I’ve had in years!” 

 

“Heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me, and the entire human race.” Michael Jackson

PHOTOS

MEDIA

http://www.keyt.com/lifestyle/hundreds-perform-thriller-dance-at-santa-barbara-courthouse/135604913

 

ZOMBIE COMMENTS :

Peter Haslund: “The event shrieked of “community.” It brought people together and they had fun…together. For the moment, they could forget about our highly contentious election. We set aside the constant, and often loud, reminder that we are a nation divided by ill-defined beliefs. For a time, we suspended those biases and were reminded of our common bonds; that we are, and remain, a community.”

Lola Paredes: “The entire Thriller experience was awesome and epic. Thank you so much for leading the Zombie mob for such a worthy cause. The Courthouse and Neverland Ranch were simply magical. However every place we went had its own special energy. I loved seeing the faces of the onlookers, especially the children. I so appreciate your many leadership skills/ways: Great Communicator and Public Speaker, Organized, Fun Dance Instructor, Inspirational, Welcoming, Genuine. Way to carry the NOW torch Janet.”

Karen Stiny: “That was an amazing day with the most fun I have had in a long time. I so enjoyed the fellowship with other MJ fans and zombie dancers, the dancing, the chatting, the discovery of others’ lives. There was so much joy and the weather cooperated in every way. It was amazing that the sun shone down on us only for the time we were at Neverland. What a blessing. This was my first time flash mobbing in Santa Ynez and I can’t wait to do it again!”

Pamela Albert: “I cannot thank you enough. I had a great time dancing and laughing and singing and getting to know an awesome group of people. And the best part is doing that for a good cause.  Having fun and helping others – well I don’t think it gets much better! Many thanks for all of the hard work that went into coordinating it all. I look forward to continuing with World Dance for Humanity!”

Jayne Johann: “Thank you for your amazing energy to make Thriller happen. It was a joyous experience and a highlight of this year. The vans were a great idea to meet other zombies and have fun together throughout the day. I can’t wait for next year!”

Annetta Patrick: “It was a fabulous ‘thrill’ for me to participate in my first Thriller event. I had so much fun, and am very passionate about the Rwanda education fund!”