EUGENE, Ore. -- Since 2006, groups of individuals around the world have been dancing to the music of the late Michael Jackson’s best selling song, Thriller, simultaneously.
Some do it to attempt to break the record for most dancers. Others do it as a fund raising event.
Over 200 participants wore their best zombie makeup and zombie attire in downtown Eugene at 7th & Willamette Saturday and danced to the six-minute version of the song to help raise funds for ShelterCare, an organization that aids the homeless in Eugene.
The dance commenced at exactly 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time in order to be synchronized with groups of dancers in 20 countries. The now global event is called Thrill the World.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released in 1983 and became the most watched music video of all time. The album sold over nine million copies and it is estimated that over four billion people. The video was eventually inducted into both the National Film Registry and the Library of Congress, the first time a music video won those accolades.