The Michael Jackson Thriller Dance in the Ajijic Plaza 2014

Have you ever thought of having your own TTW dance? TTW stands for Thrill the World.  It is easy. Apply through their website. Thrilltheworld.com. Fill out the forms. Pay the 25 dollar registration fee. Get a bunch of people together to practice the dance. Dress everyone up as Zombies and have the dance. Collect money for your favorite charity.  This Michael Jackson TTW concept started in 2006. At that time the world record was set at 62 people. Since then it has expanded to countries all over the world. Last year 6,451 Zombies danced at 134 events in 6 continents. An estimated 68,000 dollars was raised, plus food and clothing.

Zombie having lunch

Zombie having lunch

The biggest zombie dances were in Redmond, WA with 256 people. Istanbul, Turkey with 221 people and Eugene, OR. with 213 people.  Besides raising money for charity, the goal is to break the world’s record for the biggest event. Don’t think Ajijic will break that record. It was smaller this year than last year but it was still a lot of fun. Some of these women zombies still manage to make themselves beautiful. Now how do they do that?

Zombies posing

Zombies posing

Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance was first shown on MTV in Dec. of 1983. Since then it has been played thousands of times all over the world. Or maybe millions of times?

Big haired Zombie

Big haired Zombie

How to become a zombie. 1. Pale skin. 2. Circles under the eyes. 3. Ripped clothes. 4. Blood around the mouth. 5. Bruises and lacerations. I think this man fits the bill.

Zombie Beauty treatment

Zombie Beauty treatment

Before the dance, people came together to practice it one more time and to get their make up on. The dance lasts six minutes but it takes many hours to prepare; learning the dance, making costumes, getting on makeup.

Zombie side view

Zombie side view

These photos were taken in their makeshift beauty shop, although the affect mostly was the opposite. But look at the pretty flower-like eyes on these women and the cute button nose on the woman in the photo below. How can you not like them?

Smiling Zombie

Smiling Zombie

Serious business, this transforming into a zombie.

Zombie getting pretty

Zombie getting pretty

I didn’t know that zombies had cell phones. I guess they keep up with the times.

Zombie on the phone

Zombie on the phone

I think the zombie in the photo below is supposed to be a cook. How would you like her to fix your dinner? I would wonder what was in it.

Zombie Cook

Zombie Cook

The zombie in the photo below had the saddest look. I wonder what he was thinking of at that time. Or maybe he was just tired?

Tired Zombie

Tired Zombie

Two Zombies Resting

Two Zombies Resting

The zombie dance in Ajijic is always to raise money for the local Red Cross. Check out the faces of some of the Red Cross men. They are wearing zombie face makeup.

Red Cross Men

Red Cross Men

I love the photo of the young man below. He has such a sweet, innocent face that shines through under all that make up.

Zombie Boy

Zombie Boy

Here is another zombie woman who managed to still look beautiful under her makeup.

Zombie with Red Hat

Zombie with Red Hat

I doubt that the woman in the photo below had any intention of letting her natural beauty shine through. It was all about scaring. I would hate to see her on a dark night on an empty street.

Zombie with Claws Out

Zombie with Claws Out

The man in the photo below is also another scary one. I would not like to run into him one night. But why is Santa in the background?

Zombie in front of Santa

Zombie in front of Santa

Below is a photo of just a small part of the crowd. I am not good at estimating numbers but I am guessing there were at least several hundred onlookers and maybe fifty zombies.

Crowd before the dance

Crowd before the dance

Below is a photo of the zombie Thriller dance. It looked like so much fun to be part of it. Maybe I will join in next year.

Zombie Thriller Dance

Zombie Thriller Dance

These two photos were taking during the zombie dance. At the beginning, people are on the ground and when the music starts they slowly get up and then dance. If you would like to see some of these dances, go to you tube. It is a lot of fun to watch.

Dance

Dance

Scary Zombie

Scary Zombie

Parade

Parade

After the dance, the zombies all piled into trucks and cars and went to six corners to perform it again.

Parade

Parade

I love this photo of the woman getting ready to join the parade. What fun!  If you are ever here towards the end of October, don’t miss all the festivities, especially the Thriller Dance. And if you live here, think about joining in next year. I am going to do that. Think about it, not sure yet about joining. My knees are bad.

 

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1 Comment → “The Michael Jackson Thriller Dance in the Ajijic Plaza 2014”


  1. Rick

    Nov 05, 2014

    It’s to bad the attitude and lack of respect that was shown to the workers of “Black and White Coffee!” The workers at the coffee shop were “told” not asked to move the table out of the way for the “Thriller” dancers. I seen the manager from Black and White Coffee go and question a woman named Val, I watched in disbelief while Val tells the Manager “If you don’t like moving the tables go talk to the Delegate (Hector) he gave us permission!”
    As the tables were moved I watched North American after North American walk away without paying or even leaving a tip.
    After the tables were moved they quickly filled up with more N.A. that did not order but sat watching the “Fund Raiser” that cost the workers of Black and White Coffee their tips and what little profit they may “Had” earned.
    Well Val you can bet I will talk to Hector the next chance I get as he is a friend of mine. I’ll ask why the dacers could not have moved over another 20 to 30 foot and not interfered with B&W coffee. If anyone is interested the workers made approximately 30 to 50 pesos in tips that day.
    Good Job and GREAT relations with the Mexican working people!

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