Legacy: The Scariest Dance Routines Since Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”


I feel it’s protected to say that there was a earlier than “Thriller” and an after “Thriller.”

The 1983 phenomenon upped the requirements for music movies and solidified Michael Jackson as not only a star singer, however an all-around star entertainer. The most terrifying features of the video have change into the stuff of legend, together with the make-up, the style and naturally, the dancing.

Choreography was laid down by Michael Peters, who choreographed the 1981 musical Dreamgirls and M.J.’s personal “Beat It” music video. Michael additionally assisted with the strikes and based on the 1983 documentary The Making of “Thriller,” the dance routine concerned 18 skilled dancers and 4 poppers and lockers.

Once the roster of dancer zombies hit the chilly, foggy, pavement within the video, nothing was the identical.

People around the globe began mimicked the scary claw arms, the epic shoulder motion, and the earth-shattering thunder-claps.

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Soon, many artists solely dreamed of making a visible simply as scary and entertaining as “Thriller.”

Of course, only some lived as much as the epicness of the video and it took M.J. himself to prime his personal work.

In 1996, Michael launched extra terror along with his 39-minute brief movie Michael Jackson’s Ghost. The choreography was full with dancing skeletons, extra of the dancing useless, and M.J. disguised as a chubby White mayor.

Naturally, it was hearth.


Fast ahead to right now and dancers now have extra alternatives to carry choreographed scares to life because of the Internet.

Some have pulled straight from Michael Jackson with their very own Thriller tribute movies or flash mobs.


Others have determined to tug from current horror flicks reminiscent of 2013’s The Purge. Choreographer and dancer Anuar Zamora positively introduced the chills along with his Halloween Special.


If particular folks provide the creeps reminiscent of clowns or nuns, the ODD Dance School positively tapped into folks’s darkest fears with The Nun Halloween Dance choreographed by Bao.


Specific dance types additionally introduced the creepy strikes.

Chicago footwork dancer Pausegonkill gave Mike Myers all of the steps for The Return video…


Meanwhile, the poppers BendYaMind, Poppin John and Malthe brought on fairly the disturbance with their Dubstep Halloween routine…


Chihiro determined to incorporate components of waacking into her creepy Catholic routine…


Even afrobeat took a dip in horror with the Meka Oku-choreographed Halloween video…


Whether you’re a significant star, a celebrated road dancer or a talented choreographer, “Thriller”s influence is clear within the dance world.

No matter when you’re getting dressed up for Halloween or embracing your fears through the 12 months’s spookiest nights, hopefully, some hearth strikes can carry you a little bit of pleasure within the terror.