Band drums up ‘thriller’ of an idea

IT’LL BE a thriller night for several weeks for anyone who’s interested and a fundraiser too.

THE SOUL Professors' Melia Stephens and Rachel Schroeder will be teaching the dance moves to Thriller in five lessons later this month.

IT’LL BE a thriller night for several weeks for anyone who’s interested and a fundraiser too.

The Soul Professors’ Strawberry Stephens and Honey Tone (Melia Stephens and Rachel Schroeder) will be teaching the moves to Michael Jackson’s Thriller once a week for five weeks and the proceeds from the fee to take part will go to the Terrace Churches Food  Bank.

For the past three years, the Soul Professors have hosted a Halloween dance and the band members will dance along to Thriller and they thought it would be great if the audience could dance with them, says James Powell of Soul Professors.

So with the return of Stephens, who started doing the Thriller dance and has a simple way to do it, the time was right to teach it to everyone interested, he said.

“We sort of put ours together over a few practices,” says Powell about how long it took the band members to learn the dance. “Melia’s got a simpler, pretty straightforward version [of the dance.]

“She’s worked pretty hard to make it something everyone can learn.”

The dance is said to be on a lot of people’s “bucket lists,” a list of things people want to do before they die.

And they thought it would be great to take any extra money, after paying for the room rental where lessons will be taught, and give it to the food bank.

They’re hoping that people who learn the dance will come to the Halloween dance this year and dance along to Thriller with the band, says Powell.

But before then, they’re hoping to have a public performance, perhaps at this year’s Zombie Walk, he adds.

And with any luck, it’ll become an annual thing.

The dance moves will be taught at 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. from Sept. 19 to Oct 24 at the arena banquet room.

Everyone welcome and proceeds go to the Terrace Churches Food Bank.

Pre-register at Misty River Books.

There is a smal fee for all the lessons or there will be a drop-in fee at the door.

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