Sources: Patch | All Things Michael
Islip, NY – Long Island Zombies are once again preparing to join the ranks of thousands of fellow zombies around the world in an attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance. The local event is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from 3PM to 6:30PM, with the official world record dance attempt taking place at 6PM local time and will be one of the many synchronized worldwide charitable events. Thrill Long Island 2014 will take place at Islip Town Hall West, located at 401 Main Street, Islip, NY. Free parking will open at 2:45 p.m. Families are encouraged to attend an afternoon full of fun – with free prizes, a 50/50 raffle, basket raffles, and more! Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costume, as there will be a costume contest open to all ages and costume categories, with free prizes awarded to the best costumes in attendance! Following the contest, there will be a Halloween Dance-Off contest in three different age categories: Children, Teens, and Adults. All are welcome to enter the competition for the chance to win fun prizes!
Once again, this event is being sponsored by the South Shore Community Organization, part of the Town of Islip’s network of community Youth Agencies, as well as the Town of Islip Youth Bureau. Thrill Long Island has also partnered with Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest food pantry network, in an effort to help fundraise and collect non-perishable food to feed the hungry on Long Island. Other partnering companies, organizations, and agencies include LongIsland.com, Victoria’s MakeUp Artist, Youth Enrichment Services, LI Flash Mobs, and LifeOnLongIsland.com. As in the past, this event unites the community through music and dance to raise funds for various charities. In addition to supporting Island Harvest, Thrill Long Island will be donating to the locally-based Sandy Relief non-profit organization, Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Babylon, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Thrill Long Island is seeking youth and adults to participate in this fun, exciting and charitable dance event. The “Thriller” routine is VERY easily learned using a simple system that requires absolutely no dance experience. If you think you have two left feet – don’t worry! All you need to do is learn a few simple words to prompt the steps and you’ll learn the dance in no time. Entire families and groups are welcome! Registration to take part as a dancer starts on-site at 3:10PM, with a FREE dance rehearsal taking place at 3:30PM, all in preparation for the world-record attempt taking place that same evening at 6PM sharp. Advanced registration is not required, but encouraged, and is available on the organization’s website, www.ThrillLongIsland.com. All participants are required to dress in their most creative zombie costumes, so please show up in-costume as none will be provided by the organization! Free make-up retouches will be provided by Victoria’s MakeUp Artist.
The public is invited to attend the performance, bring non-perishable food to donate and/or make monetary donations, and enjoy a thrilling performance! T-Shirts commemorating this 2014 event will be available for purchase at $13 each, any size.
To date, the fiscally sponsored non-profit, Thrill Long Island, has collected and donated thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of non-perishable food to charities across the country, including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Red Cross, the ASPCA, and more locally, Island Harvest. This non-profit organization, founded in 2010 by university student, choreographer, and Thrill Long Island Director, Bryan Ramirez, has been a major contributor to the worldwide Thrill The World event.
For more information about the 5th Annual Thrill Long Island event, to view photos and videos of past events, and to register in advanced as a dancer or volunteer, visit their website, www.ThrillLongIsland.com.You can also contact the organization directly by emailing them at info@ThrillLongIsland.com.
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