Thriller 2018

Thriller 2018

Join us for fun, collaboration, connection, and community!

On Saturday, October 27th at 3:00pm, hundreds of World Dance Zombies will rise from the lawn of Santa Barbara’s spectacular COURTHOUSE SUNKEN GARDENS to perform Michael Jackson’s iconic dance as part of a global event, Thrill the World. This will be the 8th year World Dance for Humanity is hosting the experience, which will include Flashmobs all over town during the two weeks leading up to Halloween.

Sunday the 28th will be a great day too, with Flashmobs in SANTA YNEZ VALLEY at select WINERIES, culminating in a Michael Jackson tribute in front of NEVERLAND and a  performance to live music at COLD SPRING TAVERN. Classes will be held at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez.

This year we’re adding OJAI to our Thriller line-up! Classes will be taught by Polly Carey at the beautiful Hamsa Studio in Meiner’s Oaks. Ojai Thriller will take place on Oct. 20th, which coincides with the town’s annual celebration, OJAI DAY. We’ll be bringing a few van-fulls of SB Zombies to join in the fun!

Contact Janet Reineck to register for Thriller or Volunteer for the Sunken Gardens!

Sponsor a Zombie in support of our Education Fund!

Zombie Info Packet with lots of useful tips


Learn “Thriller”
Learn “Beat It” and other MJ dances for flashmobs
Video from Practices
Photos from Practices


Click here to see Full Flashmob Schedule – updated frequently!
Click here to sign up for Flashmobs


Come to one practice, or as many as you like! (For the YMCA practices, you do not need to be a Y member)
Warm up to MJ dances with World Dance Tues/Sat practices, FREE for newbies: World Dance Class Times


SAT 10:15-11:00am – SB Dance Center (10/20)
SAT 1:30-2:30pm – SB YMCA on Hitchcock (10/20)
SUN 12:00-1:00pm – SB YMCA on Hitchcock (10/21)
TUES 6:45-7:45pm – SB Dance Center (10/23)
WED 5:00-6:00pm – Montecito YMCA (10/24)
WED 6:00-7:00pm – Alameda Park (Garden & Micheltorena by Kids World) (10/24)SANTA YNEZ THRILLER PRACTICES
SAT 11:30-12:30pm (10/20)
FRI 5:00-6:00pm (10/26 TBD)

Suggested donation of $40 covers 5 weeks of lessons, all the flashmobs and the Sunken Garden main event. Kids and students are FREE! We invite all Zombies to get SPONSORED to dance by family and friends who want to support this adventure. Prizes for top fundraising Zombies include: massages, facials, sunset sailboat cruise, kayak adventure for two, dinner for two, a Sonos sound system, FREE World Dance classes, and more!

Our Thriller Beneficiaries – In Rwanda & Here at Home

Our Thriller proceeds go to the WD4H Rwanda Education Fund, which will make it possible for 170 Rwandan students to attend high school and college in 2019. Without our help, these young people would have no chance to get an education. A portion of Thriller proceeds will provide scholarships at the Westside Boys & Girls Club, so at-risk children in our community can take part in the Club’s after-school program where World Dancers volunteer year-round.

“The world has to be thrilled by these Americans, dancing Thriller to change lives in Rwanda. You are all so amazing! We live 9,000 miles away, but we were all with you in spirit!”  ~ Justin Bisengimana, WD4H Rwanda Program Director

 Participating Zombie Groups

CLU (California Lutheran University) Dance Dept.
Foothill Elementary School
Hollister Elementary School
Vieja Elementary School
Ventura Thrill the World
Ventura’s Voracious Zombie Nymphs

WD4H Club: Santa Barbara & San Marcos High Schools

Meet Our Thriller 2018 Event Sponsors!

Event Sponsor Info


First Republic Private Wealth Management

ZOMBIES $1,000
Armstrong Associates
Estate Valuations & Pricing Systems, Inc.
My Bridge Buddies
Santa Barbara Community Housing Corp

Santa Barbara City College Ambassadors
Union Bank

Babcock Winery & Vineyards
Bragg Live Food Products
Santa Barbara Independent
Toyota of Santa Barbara

Alamar Capital Management
American Riviera Bank

Bega Lighting
Bartron Real Estate Group
Compass Real Estate
Da Silva Studio Photography
Delicious Decors

Dodson Land Surveying, Inc.
Full Moon Audio
InterAct PMTI
Mary McElhinney Stark, LLC – Fiscal Consultant

Montecito Bank & Trust
Montecito Dental Group
Linda Van Buren – Montecito Village Travel
Santa Barbara Adventure Company
Santa Barbara Internal Medicine Group
Sweat City Fitness
The Law Offices of Susan M. Whalen


Zombie 2017 Reflections