Michael Jackson “Thriller” Events And Things To Do For October 2014

This post Will Be Updated With 
Events Until The End Of October.

Thrill The World


Did you ever want to dress up as a zombie and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”? Did you ever think it would be fun to be listed in a world record? Well get ready because THRILL DAY IS OCTOBER 25, 2014 @10pm GMT!!!

Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Volunteer event organizers in cities around the world organize events using the Thrill The World Manual, Workbook and Thrill The World Tool Box.

Anyone can organize an event! No age requirement or experience necessary! And there is no limit to the number of events in each city!

Each event has the option to raise money for a not-for-profit charity of their choice.

All official Thrill The World events that submit their information on time are included in the numbers for setting and breaking world records.

Click here to read more and find a group near you!!!!!


Have A ‘Thriller’ Of A Night At Wyboston Lakes

Source: Aboutmyarea.co.uk


‘Don’t Stop til You Get Enough’ of Michael Jackson and his greatest hits as Wyboston Lakes invites you to join us for what is guaranteed to be a spectacular  tribute night this Halloween!

On Friday 31st October relive some of the classics from the King of Pop and some of his worldwide hits such as; Bad, Dirty Diana, Billy Jean and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ as live tribute act Robin Parsons ‘Forever Jackson’ takes to the stage with his ultimate tribute to the legend that is Michael Jackson.

From 7.30pm you have ‘Got To Be There’ as we serve up a delicious three course plated menu which caters for all, with a vegetarian option also available.

“Robin puts on an energetic and captivating performance as Michael Jackson. He has the moves, the voice and the dancers to produce a fantastic spectacle. It’s a tribute to an iconic artists and a great night out too!”- Paul Rhodes Hotel Manager

The Michael Jackson entertainment is guaranteed to thrill and with a disco to follow until 1.00am, you can dance the night away in true Jackson style. Tickets, which are non-refundable and for over 18s only, are £39.50.

If you don’t want to ‘Beat It’ from Wyboston Lakes take advantage of a special all inclusive overnight package including two tickets for the meal, tribute act, disco and overnight stay in a double ensuite room with breakfast for £74.50 per person (based on two sharing).

To book tickets online visit http://www.wybostonlakes.co.uk or call 0333 7007 667 (option 4) to speak with Debbie or Nicola from our events team.

Wyboston Lakes Hotel
Wyboston Lakes
Great North Road
MK44 3AL
0333 7007 667
Email: reservations@wybostonlakes.co.uk


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2014 Thriller & Halloween Parade

Source: LexingtonKY.gov


Zombies return to haunt downtown Lexington once again! Get down downtown as we celebrate Halloween by recreating Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking video for “Thriller.” Presented by Lexington Parks & Recreation, Mecca Live Studio and WRFL, the parade will start at the Kentucky Theater and proceed along Main Street ending at Mill Street. The dance will occur repeatedly along the route followed by a Halloween parade. Festivities also include a Halloween variety pre-show and an after party at the Fifth Third Pavilion. In the event of inclement weather, this free event will take place on Monday, Oct. 27.

For those who would like to dance, participation is open to all willing zombies who attend rehearsals to learn the choreography and parade schematics; however, there is a cutoff date for participation. Simply show up during rehearsal times, which are held throughout the month of October at Mecca Live Studio. For participation instructions and a rehearsal schedule, contact Mecca at meccadancestudio@gmail.com or 254-9790 and ask to be added to the “Thriller” list for updated information on rehearsals.

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Sunday, October 26
(Rain Date: Monday, October 27)
Main Street (Quality Street to Mill Street)

6:30 pm – Dance Showcase (Courthouse Plaza)
8 pm – Halloween and Thriller Parade

For more information click here


In the Studio with MJ – V2 – London, Copenhagen, Franfort

Source: In The Studio With Michael Jackson



Experience Michael Jackson in the recording studio, at the very heart of his creative process. In this incredible multimedia journey, you’ll learn, see and hear things that will astonish you.

You’ll hear music and behind-the-scenes stories. You’ll see video and photographs. You’ll learn how Michael interacted with his team and how they combined focus and discipline with creativity, fun, and food.

Learn how Michael wrote songs, and how they progressed from the original demo to the album version.  Brad will explain and demonstrate how the songs changed and progressed along the way, as they were edited, remixed and restructured for various dance mixes, short films and live tours.

Discover Michael’s vision and exacting standards for the sound and video systems at Neverland Valley Ranch – including his dance studio and personal listening systems – to give his family and guests an incredible experience.

All of this takes place inside an actual recording studio, for a full multi-sensory experience that will leave you feeling as if you were really there.  Each seminar is limited to an intimate group of people, so you can ask questions and share conversation with Brad and other guests.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00pm – 8:00pm , Cato Studios (map), London, England

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 4:00pm – 10:00pm, The Village Recording (map)

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 12:00pm – 10:00pm, Venue Location TBD


Wicked Halloween Run

Source: Wicked Halloween Run



  • 2014 Wicked Halloween Run: 10K, 5K Run/Walk, Monster Mile ~ Welcome to our Wicked Halloween Run – a festive race brought to you by the Kona Running Co. Sign up and wear a Costume!  A Halloween-themed annual race event you will not want to miss because you will experience a spooktacular wicked good time!
  • 2014 10K Finisher Medals: 10K event is limited to 2,500 participants
  • 2014 Tech Shirt*:  Leslie Jordan long-sleeve unisex 1/4 zip “Tech Shirt” for entrants; *guaranteed shirt & size if registered by 10/19/14  
  • New Wicked Double: Participate in 10K & 5K; must run in the 1st Start Wave of 10K & receive a Tech Shirt, 10K medal, Double Finisher medal; limited to 500
  • NEW: Shuttle Buses from ACH Plant parking lot (limited to 1,500 cars) MAP to/from Central Middle School; City of Plymouth will be charging $5 per vehicle ($2.50 to city & $2.50 to charity) in their municipal parking lots & structures so use our free bus shuttles
  • NEW 10K Time Qualifier: Participants must run at “18 minutes or less pace per mile” to register for our 10K event
  • Entertainment & Monster Mash Party: Live onstage Dance Performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” by Piazza Dance Co. (choreographer Lindsey Humpert) at start of 10K & 5K; DJ at Kellogg Park; Food & Beverage Buffet & Party in heated Tents at Kellogg Park

Find out more here


Prince and Michael Jackson Experience – 250th Party

Source: bombhiphop.com


Oct 18 at Nectar Lounge in Seattle. Prince and Michael Jackson fans celebrate as DJ Dave Paul from San Francisco mixes music from the two artists and ancillary acts.

Collectively, Prince and Michael Jackson helped define the early-’80s era of MTV, revolutionized both R&B and popular music, and influenced thousands of musicians worldwide. This party pays tribute to two of the greatest artists of our time.

The music is far from the only thing happening at this party, there’s theme dancing, a face-off between guests repping The Purple One or The King of Pop, and much, much more. This is the perfect night out to lounge with your friends, make some new friends, get your drink on, dance your @ss off and have the time of your life.

“For ELEVEN years now, Dave Paul (proprietor of hip-hop label Bomb Records) has hosted and DJ’ed at the brilliant “Prince vs. Michael Jackson” parties. As selections of hits, rarities, and remixes from both artists are presented over the course of the evening, audience members square off in funky battle, holding signs bearing the mug of their favored entertainer to judge which one is the true king of pop. This sure ain’t the place for cynics, but Darling Nikki’s and Dirty Diana’s are all welcome to participate.” – SF WEEKLY


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Oct 18 at 9:00pm to Oct 19 at 1:45am in PDT

Nectar Lounge

412 N 36th St, Seattle, Washington 98103

For more information, click here


2014 Seattle Thrill The World Dance

Source: Seattle Pipeline


The funk of forty thousand years! Seattle will be joining the world on Saturday, October 25, 2014, in a simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller Dance. Zombies will march to Lake Union Park at 2:30 p.m. and start dancing at 3. This once a year event is not to be missed.

October 25, 2014
3 p.m. | Free | All Ages
More info: meetup.com | thrilltheworld.com

Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, 98109

Thrill The World is the annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thrillerfor world record and charity.  November 2013 marked the 31st anniversary of his Thriller video.

Each year in October the Seattle Thrillers join Thriller groups in other nations to perform at the same exact time.  The next performance will be Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 3:00 pm at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, 98109 (South Lake Union, Westlake).  The local group also performs at other fun events in the Seattle area for various organizations.

If you live in the greater Seattle area and would like to learn the dance in a class setting, rehearsals will resume August 24, 2014.  It is free to learn the dance, however, we will accept donations to our charity at all rehearsals.  Rehearsals will be held at Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Pl S, Seattle, 98144.

This year all contributions will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alzwa.org.  Their vision:  A world without Alzheimer’s disease.  Their mission:  To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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World Dance For Humanity – Thriller 2014

Source: World Dance For Humanity


At exactly 3:00pm on Saturday, October 25, 2014, hundreds of World Dance Zombies will rise from the lawn of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens to perform Michael Jackson’s iconic dance as part of a global phenomenon, Thrill the World. This will be the 5th year World Dance has hosted Thriller Santa Barbara. Our flashmob circuit will include State Street, Ghost Village Road, Soho, Neverland (MJ’s former estate in Los Olivos) and Cold Springs Tavern.

This is a fantastic opportunity for dancers and non-dancers alike to take part in an incredibly fun, spirited, inclusive happening! It offers great exercise, awesome community, and a chance to connect with the world, but it’s much more than that….

Our purpose in producing the Thriller event each year is to help people in need. We raise the funds through event sponsorships, practice fees (only $35 for a 5 weeks of lessons!), and dancer sponsorships.

Our goal in 2014 is to raise $35,000 for our RWANDA EDUCATION FUND. This will make it possible for more than 100 students to attend school in 2015. Every dollar raised will go to the Fund. (In 2013 Thriller raised $30,460 to send 118 Rwanda primary, secondary, and college students to school, and contributed $3,560 to our local Boys and Girls Clubs.)   Meet our current students and their sponsors

Contact Janet for more information

AHA Teen Program
United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara (Westside)
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley
SBCC Ambassadors
California Lutheran University (CLU) – Day of Dance

$35 for a full month of lessons – mix n’ match the times that work for you – come to a few lessons, or lots!

SATURDAY, 10:15-11:00am – SB Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido
MONDAY, 7:45-9:00pm – Brazil Arts Café, 1230 State St Suite C  (starts Sept. 15th)
TUESDAY, 8:15-9:00pm – SB Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido
WEDNESDAY, 6:00-7:00pm – Alameda Park (by Kids World at Garden & Micheltorena)

Click here to see some albums on World Dance Facebook
and on World Dance Shutterfly

Sunken Gardens by Good Land Media and Performance Memories
Sunken Gardens by Tizmself
Sunken Gardens by Heather Sage
Sunken Gardens by Chris Palumbo
Sunken Gardens by Craig Rademacher
Sunken Gardens by Gordon Fleming
Paseo Nuevo by Brae Wyckoff
Cold Springs Tavern by Tom Lucy
Cold Springs Tavern

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Tour The Michael Jackson “Thriller” Locations In Los Angeles

Source: Creepy LA

The Palace Theatre


In the days after Michael Jackson died, the marquee once again read, “Vincent Price in Thriller,” in a nod of respect to the legendary music video. (click here for pic) This is the theater where Michael and his date, played by Ola Ray, are watching the werewolf movie starring Michael.


The nearly 100 year old theater is now open only for the occasional special event or film shoot. 615 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

The Zombie Dance Intersection

Picture by Tony Hoffarth

Picture by Tony Hoffarth

After skipping past the graveyard, Ola Ray turns to find that Michael’s been turned into a zombie. Which, of course, means only one thing: dance off! Fittingly, most Angelenos wouldn’t be caught dead wandering around this intersection at night… but undead? Seems like a nice place to haunt.
Union Pacific Ave. & Los Palos St., Los Angeles

The Thriller House

“Thriller” ends with Ola Ray seeking refuge from the zombies by running into the safe haven of this delapitated old house. We know how that turned out…

The actual house is one of more than a dozen vintage Victorian homes in L.A.’s Angelino Heights neighborhood – also known as the Haunted House District of L.A. Even on the brightest summer day the almost every home along Carroll Street appears to be home to any number of ghosts or witches. (take a gander at CreepyLA’s field report of Angelino Heights). 1345 Carroll Ave, Los Angeles

Westlake Recording Studios

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At an estimated cost of  $700,000, the “Thriller” album was recorded here in Studio A throughout most of 1982. Fact: Songwriter Rod Temperton originally called the title track, “Starlight,” but woke up with a vision of the word “Thriller” at the top of Billboard’s charts. Telegraph has a great behind the scenes article on the making of the album. 8447 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood



Source: ThrillerNYC.com

Since 2004, we have celebrated our combined love of gore and Michael Jackson by performing the infamous Thriller dance in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. We are between 17 and a million years old, and our dance experience ranges from novice to professional. We eat brains, grrrrrrrrrowl and bite, but most importantly, we boogie.

This Halloween, leave your mundane human life behind and transform into a rotting, dancing cadaver. After studio rehearsals, outdoor practices in Central Park, and zombie makeup lessons, you’ll be hungering for brains in no time.

Registration begins Oct. 1

We also need zombie bouncers.


Foreverland Brings Michael Jackson’s Music To Life

Sources: Merced Sun Star – Victor Patton | All Things Michael


The Merced Theatre will be the place to “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” as the 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland takes the stage Friday night to perform a diverse selection of hits from the King of Pop’s expansive catalog.

Luke Kirley, 33, who plays trombone in Foreverland, said while the musicians in the band don’t impersonate Jackson, there will be plenty of dancing and an energized atmosphere to entertain fans of all ages. “The music comes first for us,” Kirley explained. “We will be dancing and moving the entire time. It’s a party on stage…You’re just wrapped into it right there. It’s a high energy show.”

Foreverland was inspired to come together in the Bay Area in 2009, after Jackson announced his “This Is It” tour, which was planned as 10 shows at London’s O2 Arena, according to Kirley. Sadly, that tour never came to fruition, as Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

At the inception of the band, there were around six members. As the group began to perform more complex songs, however, more musicians came aboard over the years, evolving into the band’s current 14-member lineup, which includes four vocalists, a rhythm section, keyboards, two guitarists and a horn section.

The band plays songs spanning Jackson’s entire career, from his early days performing with his brothers in the Jackson 5, to his chart-busting years as a solo artist with producer Quincy Jones, where he broke records with albums like “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” and “Bad.”

Jackson’s music is particularly inspiring, according to Kirley, because it spoke to the hearts of people worldwide. Jackson was also untouchable as a performer — one whose legacy continues to have a profound impact upon musicians globally. “His authenticity in his performance was something that was undeniable,” Kirley said. “It went across nations. He was an international success. It’s something that resonates with people even if they are not English language speakers.”

Although the band does not impersonate Jackson, Kirley said it’s not uncommon for fans turn up in full King of Pop regalia, or to see the occasional audience member doing the “Moonwalk” in the aisle. “People really get into it,” Kirley said. “They’ll come in crazy costumes, some people will do some choreography out in the audience. It’s really fun, and a celebration.”


  • What: Foreverland, September 19

    Where: Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St.

    When: Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Friday

    Admission: $24

    Tickets: Visit the theater box office or tickets.mercedtheatre.org.

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Thriller Live Extends West End Show Until September 2015

Sources: West End Frame | All Things Michael


The West End production of Thriller Live has extended its West End booing period at the Lyric Theatre to Sunday 6th September 2015.

A press statement from producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol reads: “We are thrilled that Thriller Live continues to be one of the longest running shows in the West End and its celebration of the music and iconic choreography of one of the world’s greatest ever artists is continuing to attract new generations of theatregoers from around the world.

“We are looking forward to theming the theatre’s bars for a ghoulish week celebrating all things Halloween and the show’s iconic title track, Thriller, and we are delighted that lead singer Cleo Higgins has been nominated Best West End Debut in the West End Frame Awards.

Thriller Live continues to set and break records and new territories around the globe, where it has now performed to standing ovations in 28 countries from South Korea to Norway, Poland and South America to China.The latest world tour will take in Australia and New Zealand for the first time.

Thriller Live will first tour the UK, playing Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (20 – 25 October), Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (27 October – 1 November), Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (3 – 8 November), Grand Theatre, Wolvehampton (11 – 15 November). The cast then move to Australia where it will premiere in Perth then play Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, then two weeks in New Zealand. More dates will be added.

Thriller Live is the longest-running production in the Lyric Theatre’s 125-year history. It first moonwalked into the West End in January 2009 after three acclaimed UK tours. When Michael Jackson died, the Lyric became a focus for fans from all over the world, who created a massive shrine of flowers, candles, and tributes. More than 40 books of condolence were signed in the foyer then sent to the Jackson family. A year after his death, a permanent West End memorial to Michael was unveiled in the theatre foyer.

Thriller Live brings to life on stage the distinctive high-energy dancing and pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits, blending eye- popping video footage and effects together with dazzling choreography by the show’s award-winning director Gary Lloyd.

Thriller Live was originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary. It is produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts.

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Carnegie Science Center Announces New Line Up of Laser Shows

Source: The Examiner – Mark Horning | All Things


Programming includes ‘spooky shows’ just in time for Halloween

One of the highlights of a visit to the Carnegie Science Center is a stop at the Buhl Planetarium for a spectacular sight and sound experience. The fan favorite “Beatles Anthology” will continue through Oct. 9, 2014 with old friends Prudence, Lucy and Sgt. Pepper all making an appearance. New this fall will be “Laser Gorillaz” featuring some of their best known hits including “Feel Good, Inc.” and “Clint Eastwood”.

“Laser Halloween” has become a family tradition at the Center what with its spooky lasers, eerie darkness, ghoulish tunes and frightful guests. This year features the Addams Family, Ghostbuster and Beetlejuice for the children with “HalloScream” for the metal loving adults.

Over the various previous seasons the laser shows at the Science Center offer a wide sampling of various musical genre including Lasermau5, Laser Michael Jackson and Midnight Floyd.

This year’s show schedule is as follows

Sept. 8 – Oct. 9

Matinee (Monday – Sunda
Beatles Anthology

Friday evenings
Laser Michael Jackson
Laser Gorillaz
Midnight Pink Floyd

Saturday evenings
Laser Michael Jackson
The Vision Bell: The Best of Laser Floyd
Laser Gorillaz
Midnight Pink Floyd

Oct. 10 – Nov. 2

Matinee (Monday – Sunday)
Laser Family Halloween

Friday evenings
Laser Michael Jackson
Midnight Pink Floyd

Saturday evenings
Laser Michael Jackson
The Vision Bell: The Best of Laser Floyd
Laser Gorillaz
Midnight Pink Floyd

Cost for laser show admission is $2 for members and $8 for non-members. A second laser show or Omnimax ticket can be purchased for an additional $5.

Showtimes and descriptions are available at CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

Reaching New Heights With Michael’s Music

Sources: Sussex Express | All Things Michael


Ben Bowman cites an interview in which the late MichaelJackson said he would love to meet Michaelangelo just to ask him what inspired his art.

“He wouldn’t have been wanting to ask him who he had slept with the night before,” Ben says. “He would have wanted to know about the art.”

And that’s the way Ben – who brings his Jackson live in Concert tribute to the Theatre Royal in Brighton on Wednesday, September 17 – hopes and believes we are now heading with Jackson himself, five years after his death.

“Now he has passed, I think he is being recognised for what the whole world really should have cared about, the fact that he was an amazing artist.”

Ben himself has always been a huge fan: “I am one of those people that always loved watching him and trying and learning the dance moves. When I was 15 or 16, just about to leave school and didn’t know what to do with my life, I was mucking around in a science lesson, impersonating Jackson’s voice, and one of my friends said ‘You really sound like him! You should really do something with that!’”

Ben insists it would never have occurred to him, but he took the advice. His first show was two pounds a ticket. It sold out, and Ben has never looked back. He managed a café for the first three years alongside his Jackson activities, but at the age of 21, the Jackson work was taking off enough for him to be able to devote himself to it full time.

“I took the plunge and became a full-time impersonator, but the great thing about Michael Jackson is that you never stop learning. I say that with tribute acts you can only ever be as good as that person, but Michael Jackson was so great that you can never stop reaching new heights. There was just an air of mystery and also his absolute dedication to what he wanted to be. He wanted to be the greatest pop star that ever lived, and he was. He went for it and achieved it and more. He was a terrific writer, but also a terrific arranger and performer and singer and dancer.”

As for the child abuse allegations, Ben believes him to have been innocent. In fact, he believes he was an innocent. “I have read a lot about it and seen a lot about it. I think it was all more to do the with the fact that he was very shut off, very closed off. I don’t think he realised the fact that people would find something like that so inappropriate. That was because he lived in his bubble. He had no idea what it was to lead a normal life. He was very naïve. He was very innocent. He had no idea what was expected of him. I remember reading he was very nervous before the press conference announcing the O2 dates because he didn’t think people would remember him. He had no idea.”

When Jackson died, things went mad in the tribute industry. Ben was on TV, in huge demand for interviews and sometimes doing five shows a day. Things have quietened down considerably since then.

“But I hope people can now see what a wonderful person he was. For me, it is just fantastic to be able to take off someone that I really admire and have a passion for.”

The show comes to the Theatre Royal Brighton on Wednesday, September 17, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £22.40 (plus booking/transaction fee).

Call 0844 871 7627 or visit http://www.jacksonliveinconcert.co.uk.


Read more at Sussex

Broadway Bodies Features “Michael Jackson Mondays” Dance/Workout Class

Sources: Broadway Bodies | Edited By – All Things Michael


If you’ve ever seen a dance routine in a music video or a musical and thought to yourself, “I wish I could do that dance,” then Broadway Bodies is your answer! Broadway Bodies is a high-impact, dance cardio workout to your favorite Show Tunes, Movie Musicals, and Pop Videos. Incorporating basic and challenging dance movements (choreography) with high impact aerobics, Broadway Bodies is a fun and exciting cardio class that encourages you to sing a long while you sweat.

We currently offer a variety of Ongoing Weekly Classes and Special Event Series. These Include Michael Jackson Mondays, and Top of the Pop Charts Classes, Broadway Cardio Tuesdays; Zumba Broadway Bodies Style (a great beginners class), Glee Based Dance Workout on Wednesdays, and all kinds of special events and workshops with Fun Dances for Performance, Parades, and More. Check back often for changes and new classes. We like to shake and change it up! We can’t wait to have you on the Broadway Bodies stage – Where we have fun and it’s not about getting it right.

Michael Jackson Mondays!


Learn fun-filled choreography set to the iconic music of the King of Pop, Miss Jackson if you’re nasty, and the Jackson siblings. Put on a bedazzled glove. Face that man in the mirror, and don’t stop ’til you get enough!

Upcoming Classes

“Beat It” Ripley Grier 939 8th Avenue Room 2A
Sep 22nd
$18 Drop in
“Beat It”
Sep 29th
$18 Drop in
“Thriller” Ripley Grier 520 8th Avenue Room 16L
Oct 6th
$18 Drop in
Oct 13th
$18 Drop in
See schedule page for more

Class Details: Every Monday Night at 7PM. All levels welcome! Class is $18. Cash/Check/Paypal

Chelsea Studios
151 West 26th Street (off 7th Ave), 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Please don’t call Chelsea Studios about class information. Email us at broadwaybodies@gmail.com

Phone: 347-926-3952 (voicemail only, for immediate response, please email us)

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Channeling Michael Jackson

Sources: Canton Rep – By BJ Lisko  All Things Michael


As a senior at the University of North Carolina in 2003, Vamsi Tadepalli yearned to play in a funky band inspired by the music of Michael Jackson. As cover versions of Jackson’s songs quickly overran the setlist, Tadepalli decided to go full-on with a tribute to the music and performance of the artist he loved.

Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band was formed. Ten years later the group includes veterans of the international stage having toured and played with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Boys II Men, The Four Tops, The Backstreet Boys and more.

The tribute act will perform Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia.

Tadepalli talked via phone about the group’s start, finding a “Michael,” and making the show as authentic as possible.

Q. When did you get the initial idea to start a tribute show to Michael Jackson?

A. “I was a jazz performance major at UNC, and I knew I wanted to start a band with a horn section. I grew up loving Michael, and I wanted to be in a funky kind of band. When we were putting the setlist together, it just kept gravitating towards Michael. The list kept getting longer and longer, so eventually we just said ‘Why don’t we just do all Michael?’ I approached a lot of my peers who had just graduated, and they thought it was a great idea. We knew all these songs, and we didn’t even have a Michael yet. Through a friend at a jazz session we met Taalib (York). He was obviously a Michael fan but was very skeptical at first. He wanted to make sure whatever he got involved with would do justice to Michael. We had that conversation, then he did the audition and killed it on ‘Billie Jean,’ and we had our Michael.”

Q. Is a Michael Jackson stage show a hard thing to re-create authentically?

A. “The first focus for us was on the music. There’s so much going on and so many layers. Trying to recreate that was the first goal. Once we felt good about the music, then we saw what Taalib was able to bring to the stage visually, and that’s when started bringing in the choreography. We started with just the horn section doing these moves. They’d play then do the ‘Thriller’ dance, and it would kind of blow people’s minds. These days we have full-time dancers, and it’s essentially the whole package. You see a lot of people study Michael, and you can tell they’ve watched it and can do the moves and sing like he did it. But with Taalib, he’s more than capable of doing that, but he brings this organic feel to his performance where you don’t feel like it’s rehearsed. That’s really the hardest thing to do.”

Q. How challenging is it for Taalib to get into character? Is there a pre-show ritual of any kind?

A. “He spends so much time getting his costuming together and his make-up. It’s about a two-hour process before each show. It’s like this meditative experience for him. He’s literally seeing himself transform in front of a mirror into Michael. And he’s such a fan, he never wants to let Michael down. The whole process and his performance is really important to him.”

Q. Does Who’s Bad represent all eras of Michael’s music?

A. “It’s everything from The Jackson 5 to now. We’ve even got some of the new stuff from his newly released album, but we definitely stick to the hits. After doing this for 11 years, we’ve figured out the formula. A lot of it is based on what Michael does live. We studied a lot of those live performances to get everything right.”

Q. Has there been any feedback from the Jackson family or those closest to him?

A. “One thing I’ve heard about the Jackson estate in general, is if they’re OK with what you’re doing, they usually don’t reach out. I feel if we haven’t heard anything, we’re doing a pretty good job. I do know that LaToya talked to Taalib once after a show in New York and was impressed. She said he channeled Michael which was a great compliment. Frank DiLeo, Michael’s former manager, he came and saw us once and met with us afterwards and said ‘Michael would be proud.’ That was a huge statement for us to hear.”

Q. What’s been the most gratifying thing about Who’s Bad for the last decade?

A. “I think honestly it’s been the opportunity to travel internationally. To go to Singapore, China, South America … there’s a language barrier, but when it comes to performing on stage, they know all the words to the songs. You can feel the love. It went from this grass roots planning in college to playing giant arenas for thousands of fans of all ages around the world. That we’re able to bring all these people together with what we do, that’s just a gratifying experience.”


WHO: Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: The Performing Arts Center at Kent State University Tuscarawas, 330 University Dr. NE, New Philadelphia

TICKETS: $18 to $28 at www.tusc.kent.edu or by calling 330-308-6400

MORE INFO: www.whosbadmusic.com

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