25 years later, Seattle still can't get enough of 'Thriller'

25 years later, Seattle still can't get enough of 'Thriller' »Play Video
Hundreds of people performed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in Pioneer Square on Saturday.
SEATTLE - More than 200 people packed Seattle's Pioneer Square on Saturday for a "thrilling" record attempt.

It was part of "Thrill the World" - an annual worldwide simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Thousands of people in as many as 32 countries around the world learned the dance - and performed it at the same time - but there's no word yet if they broke a world record.

If some of the dancers at Seattle's "Thriller" event appeared more experienced than others, that's because they're part of a local high school club that does just one thing - the dance from that famous video.

Now the team is thrilling everyone - from teachers to toddlers across town.

"We do it because it's fun," says Liz Roberts, Roosevelt High School Thriller Club co-president. "It's a crazy way to express who we are."

Inspired by the dance, students formed the club last year. They practice for weeks throughout the fall in a Roosevelt High School classroom.

Then they get their rigor mortis going in performances before the public, trading in math class for makeup and transforming into a tribute to the King of Pop.

"It's just still so fun and it brings people together," says Margaret Kahn, Thriller Club founder and co-president. "Everyone knows the dance. Everyone knows the song all over the world."

The students get volunteer hours for this community service, but most say they do it just for the "thrill" of it.

On Friday night, the students shook and slithered into a community center in Ravenna to perform for kids of all ages. Everyone seemed to love the performance - zombie, or not.

Fourteen-year-old Lorenzo Manuel, who plays the role of Michael Jackson, was inspired to join the club after seeing the Michael Jackson movie "This Is It." Manuel learned Michael's moves after watching the film, eventually mastering the illustrious 'Moonwalk.'

"I just feel really good and open. It just makes me feel alive," he says.

All of the students in the club are far too young to have been around when "Thriller" came out more than 25 years ago - but it still strikes a chord with them.

The Roosevelt High School Thriller Club will be performing at events throughout Seattle between now and Halloween.