Area kids and adults danced to “Thriller” during last year’s event in La Crescent. Anyone has the chance to join the fun this year.
by ALEXANDRA RETTER
Darkness will fall across the land and the midnight hour will be close at hand when the second annual “Thriller” public dance performance, a free, community-based event, brings individuals dressed up in zombie costumes that are not so scary to downtown La Crescent as they take part in a choreographed reproduction of the Thriller music video.
Meagan Waddell, the performance’s organizer, said rehearsals for the performance have started and are open to everyone. She added that no dance experience is necessary to participate in future rehearsals and the performance itself.
“The choreography is pretty easy and pretty simple to catch on to,” Waddell said. “We don’t want it to be intimidating for anyone.”
At the first rehearsal, which was held last Sunday, a mix of children and adults began to learn the dance, Waddell said.
“About 25 dancers showed up, and we had a blast,” Waddell said. “We’re hoping more people show up [to future rehearsals].”
Waddell said the dancers come from a variety of places, such as La Crosse and Onalaska, Wis., as well as Winona. “People from all over are welcome to dance,” Waddell said.
At this year’s performance, there will be several prizes given for best costume and best dancer, Waddell explained.
About 25 dancers took part in the performance last year, and around 100 spectators viewed the dance, Waddell said.
Waddell said she is originally from Lexington, Ky., and a popular “Thriller” public dance performance there inspired her to organize a similar event in La Crescent.
“In Kentucky, [the performance] has been going on for over a decade … I know it’s grown into this huge event,” Waddell shared. “That’s just what I’m hoping for here.”
Waddell said she hopes to benefit her community through the performance.
“We came here for my husband’s job and decided to stay and settle down here, and I just wanted to do something to give back to the community that has given us so much and afforded us so many opportunities,” Waddell said. “There’s a special place in my heart for La Crescent. I think it’s a sweet all-American town.”
Those interested in attending this year’s rehearsals may do so on Sunday, October 13, and Sunday, October 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescent Community Building. The performance will take place at about 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, in downtown La Crescent.