International "Thriller" Dance Event Comes to Colorado, Raises Money for Children

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Simultaneous dance event expected to achieve record-breaking participation around the world as dancers celebrate Michael Jackson

In line with the Thrill the World commitment to charitable giving, I am happy to donate proceeds from the Colorado event to A Precious Child, an organization doing great things for needy children in our communities.

The internationally popular Thrill the World phenomenon, a worldwide synchronized dance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," will this year be joined by Colorado dancers. People around the globe will celebrate dance and Michael Jackson's legacy for the third annual year by learning the choreography from the famed music video, and simultaneously performing the dance routine in an attempt to break the world record of most people consecutively performing the dance, set during last year's Thrill the World event.

The Thrill the World events raise money for a variety of charities around the world. The Colorado event, to be held from 4-7 PM, October 24 at the Paul Derda Recreation Center in Broomfield, will benefit A Precious Child, a local non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children. Local dance instructor Carol Casper will lead the event.

"Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video is an iconic symbol of dance, popular throughout the world. I am proud to bring the event to Colorado to give dance lovers of all levels and ages the chance to learn the dance and participate in this fun international movement," said Casper. "In line with the Thrill the World commitment to charitable giving, I am happy to donate proceeds from the Colorado event to A Precious Child, an organization doing great things for needy children in our communities."

In 2008, Thrill the World set the world record for largest simultaneous "Thriller" dance, with 4,179 people at 72 events in 71 cities in 10 nations participating. Many Thrill the World participants dress up to mimic the zombies featured in the music video. Michael Jackson himself viewed the 2008 Los Angeles event from a helicopter. Thrill the World organizers are aiming for the goal of 270,000 participants for this year's event.

At the Colorado event, participants will have several hours to learn the dance before the simultaneous international performance, which will be taped to share online.

"We're thrilled that this fun evening will be even more meaningful in its benefit of A Precious Child," said Carina Martin, executive director of A Precious Child. "The money raised will be put to good use helping disadvantaged children here in Colorado."

The Colorado Thrill the World event will take place from 4-7 PM, Saturday, October 24 at the Paul Derda Recreation Center located at 13201 Lowell Blvd. in Broomfield. No dance experience is necessary and costumes are welcome but not required. Cost for admission is $10 per person or $25 for a family of four and $5 for each additional child. For more information and to buy tickets visit dance instructor Carol Casper's website: http://myzumbaclass.com/ttw_event.html or email carol(at)myzumbaclass(dot)com with questions.

For more information about the Thrill the World international event, visit: http://www.thrilltheworld.com/

For more information on A Precious Child, Inc. visit http://www.apreciouschild.org/
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