i miss michael jackson. not the scandal, lisa marie, neverland, white michael jackson – but the old michael jackson when he was young michael jackson. not jackson 5 young. i’m talking more like captain eo, billy jean, bad and beat it young. i miss that iconic michael jackson.
it seemed only natural a month ago while we planned our youth halloween party to suggest that we have someone teach the kids thriller. (here is where my friends laugh. then they tell me that was my first mistake, assuming someone knew thriller.) i tried to enlist an amazing dancer but he was intimidated (as was i) by jackson’s stellar lightning fast moves.
“if someone taught me, i could learn it” i thought. i got to work with various you tube clips and ultimately thrill the world. with a week to spare the training dvd arrived. i had sporadic training in our living room with the couch pushed back and our book cases swaying. despite all my zombie marches and stomps no one in our building complained.
yesterday was the big night, and i have to admit i was nervous. like so many other things i knew it would be a huge hit or completely bomb. i also wasn’t sure how lingering parents would react to me encouraging their children to shake their booties and move their pelvis. after some pumpkin carving, cookie decorating and apple bobbing the kids reluctantly were under my supervision. “we’re not going to dance are we?” all attempts to escape failed. i asked who had heard of michael jackson. very few hands raised. who had seen thriller? even fewer. my task at hand – turn a group of 30+ kids and leaders into recently risen from the dead dancing zombies in 40 minutes or less.
we learned about a 1/3 of the dance and they were fantastic sports. while some really got into making zombie faces, others needed time to loosen up, but all in all i say it was a cultural hit! afterward i was bombarded with requests to learn the rest and to watch the music video. if thriller continues, my only request is to have one of those boy band headsets. a few back up dancers/zombies wouldn’t be too bad either. anyone? anyone?