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Dragon*Con ‘Thriller’ dancers might break world record

"Thriller" dancers at Dragon*Con 2009. Photo by Brenda Smith.

Now that we’re all back to work and school, let’s check in on one of the great moments in Labor Day fun, shall we?

I mentioned last week that a group of Dragon*Con attendees in Atlanta would try to break the world record for the number of people dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The standing record is at College of William & Mary, where 242 people danced (and recorded it to Guinness’ specifications) in April 2009.

Well, 903 danced to the ghoulish theme at Dragon*Con on Sunday, down slightly from an earlier count of 905. (In costume! That doesn’t do anything for the record, but it does make for solid entertainment.)

Here’s a video, shot by the AJC’s Elissa Eubanks. Note the giant Michael Jackson glove around 3:13.

Here’s some rehearsal video. I’ll post the official view when organizers are done editing, hopefully later today!

Of course, 903 is impressive, but it doesn’t mean the Dragon*Con dancers broke the record. Michael Jackson’s birthday in August got several groups dancing, including several thousand in Mexico. Dragon*Con dance organizers say they might have used the wrong song version, though, and didn’t dance throughout the entire song. Now, they wait for the folks at Guinness World Records to make the determination.

Dragon*Con 2009 "Thriller" dancers. Photo by Brenda Smith.

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September 13th, 2009
8:50 pm

I am responding to the Ginny; September 8th, 2009; 4:23 pm post.

I don’t think we could have done this outdoors without a lot of additional precautions. The space had to be closed off so that the dancers entering the dance space could be counted. There was a LOT of prep done before anyone was allowed to enter the room and during the process of getting dancers into the space.

It was also hard for anyone past the first couple rows to display their dance skills because each person was approximately 2 feet away from the next person in any direction.

I am also not completely sure on this, but I think that the Thriller dance records may have indoor and outdoor categories. Anyone else know?

I do know that there were a lot of specifics and a lot of paperwork to take care of in coordination with Guinness.


September 12th, 2009
11:35 pm

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dragon Con rocks. This was my first year attending although I’ve wanted to go for years but had not had the opportunity. I didn’t get to dance but I think the people that did were just great. I had the best time I’ve had in a long time and plan to make it back next year hopefully for the full four days. And yes I am called a geek or a nerd by my fellow co-workers but you know what. I’m proud of it. I’d rather not be normal, It’s too boring.