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Practices start Saturday, September 22nd
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 the gates of NEVERLAND and a funk soul dance party and Thriller performance to live music at COLD SPRING TAVERN. Classes will be held at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, starting in September.
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. The Ojai Thriller event will take place on Oct. 20th, which coincides the town’s annual celebration, OJAI DAY. We’ll be bringing a few van-fulls of SB Zombies to join in the fun!
Our Thriller Beneficiaries – In Rwanda & Here at Home
Our purpose in producing the Thriller event is to help people in need. Our goal is to raise $40,000 for our 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 Membership Scholarships at the Westside Boys & Girls Club, so at-risk children can take part in the Club’s after-school program where World Dancers volunteer year-round.
We raise funds through Event Sponsorships and practice proceeds (suggested one-time donation of $40 for 5 weeks of lessons). We also invite all Zombies to get SPONSORED to dance by family and friends who want to support this adventure. Prizes for top fundraising Zombies!
“The world has to be thrilled by these Americans at work to change lives. You are all so amazing! Your Thriller event will change many lives in Rwanda. We live 9,000 miles away, but we were all with you in spirit!”
~ Justin Bisengimana, WD4H Rwanda Program Director
Zombie 2017 Reflections
Thank You, 2017 Event Sponsors!
First Republic Private Wealth Management
Delta Welding and Fabrication
American Riviera Bank
Montecito Bank and Trust
Toyota of Santa Barbara
Project Heal of Santa Barbara
Mary McElhinney Stark, LLC
Christina Sargeant, Hairstylist
Santa Barbara Independent
Trader Joe’s Milpas
Sweat City Fitness
Community West Bank
Carpinteria Art Center
And Thank You to Our Fabulous In-Kind Donors!
Golden Rooster Transportation & Wine Tours, Trader Joe’s, Peet’s Coffee,
The Training Room, Industrial Eats, Joe’s Cafe, SB Volume Lash, Le Rêve Day Spa,
Bill Krebs and the Sunbum Sailboat, Celina Hunt, and Louise Janis