Thriller San Diego bringing zombie dance moves to Pacific Beach
Published - 09/25/19 - 11:30 AM | 28479 views | 3 3 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thriller classes at the Pacific Beach dance studio Tap Fever.
Thriller classes at the Pacific Beach dance studio Tap Fever.
It’s almost that time of year, where spooky scares and monster mashes take over and Thriller San Diego is ready to get the party started. Beginning as sporadic zombie dance flash mobs on the PB boardwalk, Thriller San Diego has grown from small pockets of friends performing random bouts of bloody dance sequences, to an organized group of teachers and dancers dedicated to teaching San Diegan’s the moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

“People really have fun getting dressed up as zombies,” said Larisa Hall, one of Thriller SD’s dance teachers, who offers free Thriller classes at her Pacific Beach dance studio, Tap Fever. “You can make a zombie outfit out of pretty much any costume — you can be a zombie bride, a zombie nurse, a zombie cheerleader, anything. People always have fun and get creative with it, even during class.”

Thriller SD has more than half a dozen instructors teaching wannabe-zombie-dancers the moves to Jackson’s most iconic dance. The classes are free, with a suggested $5 donation, and take place all over San Diego, from Pacific Beach to Coronado and La Mesa to Balboa Park. Another teacher, Christopher Olson, even teaches classes in his overly-sized driveway in El Cajon.

“I’m a hairstylist by day, and a special effects zombie make-up artist and dancer by night,” said Olson who has been a part of Thriller SD for seven years. “I had no idea this was going to blow up and become almost like a full-time job on the side, but it’s so fun and I love it.”

Another Thriller SD teacher, Denise Pocholski, added: “Growing up, my fantasy was to be able to perform Thriller. A lot of other people in San Diego must share that fantasy because every year we have new people, young and old, join Thriller SD to learn the dance.”

The group also hosts classes at San Diego’s downtown library, where they teach the Thriller dance to school kids and those at the youth center who are homeless.

“It gives them something to look forward to and lets them know that you can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be,” said Olson. “It opens up their world.”

While classes can be as large as 20 students, Thriller SD has seen its biggest growth in the dance groups’ monthly, and sometimes weekly, Thriller events ranging from zombie dances at the UTC offices and private parties, to performances at community gatherings like October’s Monster Movies for Music and Pacific BeachFest.

Thriller SD will host a Zombie Walk at Pacific BeachFest Oct. 5 starting at the corner of Garnet and Ingraham. The group will also have a wagon in tow, with a boombox playing Halloween music. At 5 p.m., Thriller SD will also be performing the Thriller dance at Pacific BeachFest’s main stage.

“Every year, people just get so excited about it,” said Hall. “They’ll run up to us even if they don’t know all the moves and will try to dance along. It’s fun. It’s ‘thrilling.’”

But with over 1,000 spectators and more than 200 dancers, Thriller SD’s biggest event of the year is the annual Old Town Thriller. On Oct. 19, the group of undead dancers will be performing in Old Town for the eighth year in a row at Heritage Park.

“Despite the news and the documentaries that have come out about Michael Jackson, people still love the dance and this music,” said Hall. “It’s never not going to be iconic and there’s still something to appreciate about a dance that gets people excited to put on a crazy costume and dance with total strangers.”

To sign up for classes, register for events or make a donation, visit Thriller San Diego’s Facebook page or go to

Thiller San Diego

What: Zombie Walk on Oct. 5 starting at the corner of Garnet and Ingraham. Thriller dance at Pacific Beachfest’s main stage at 5 p.m. On Oct. 19, the group of undead dancers will be performing in Old Town.

Comments-icon Post a Comment
Victoria Park
September 29, 2019

DR AHMED is the only Dr who could ever get Herpes cured with his healing medicine, I have tried almost everything but i couldn't find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, i always spend a lot to buy drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day I was surfing the internet when i came across a testimony of 'Betty' and 'Waycote' who truly said that they were been tested Herpes positive and were cured with the help of doctor Ahmed Usman Herbs, so I quickly contacted the doctor, and he ask me some few questions and he said that any one who contacted him always get his or her healing, and his Herbal medicine works for 21 days when taken as accordingly, so he sent me the herbal medicine and after taking his medicine for the period of time he prescribed, I noticed a very huge difference in my health, so i went to the hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said i am HERPES NEGATIVE , i am very amazed about the healing DR AHMED USMAN gave to me from the help of his ancient herbs but if you feel like contacting DR AHMED USMAN at once you can email him now for your own healing too at :

He specialized in curing, Measles, Virginal dryness, painful menstruation, HIV, Stroke, Cancer.
September 26, 2019


I'm finally free from Herpes Virus today by (Dr Izibiri,) Am hereby writing this testimony to inform others who are in similar problems on how Dr Izibiri cure my Herpes Virus, i never Believe what my doctor told me that there is no permanent cure for Herpes Virus, but i found that there is herbal cure for Herpes Virus with a 100% guaranteed I am a prove of it, i have the believe that i will find the cure some days. I started searching for different herbal doctor and I finally found after reading articles about Dr Izibiri, i decided to contact Dr Izibiri for his herbal cure for Herpes Virus because i have never try out herbal medicine ever since i caught Herpes. i contacted him through email and i ordered for his medicine which he reply and we both have a little interruption about my disease and he sent me his herbal medicine which i used for 3 week and yesterday i completely get rid of my Herpes. am very happy to share this testimony to let everyone out there who have herpes or any kinds of diseases to know there is a herbal cure for Herpes Virus. here is Dr Izibiri Contact him on his mobile


Email Dr Izibiri on his via mail:

( )

( )

i pray for more experience to Dr Izibiri

God Bless Dr Izibiri

Ben Jacobs
September 26, 2019
Get off this thread with your commercial!
Comments are back! Simply post the comment (it'll complain about you failing the human test) then simply click on the captcha and then click "Post Comment" again. Comments are also welcome on our Facebook page.