The video for Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit, “Thriller,” is one of the most iconic music videos of all time. The spooky video is really like a mini-movie and features Jackson and his girlfriend encountering zombies on their way home from a date at the movies. Jackson then becomes a zombie himself and performs a coordinated dance with his fellow undead.
Over the years, the video and its famous dance have inspired many recreations, tributes and parodies. The Fusion Dance Studio in Buffalo, New York, is the latest group to take a stab at the classic dance this year, and the results are amazing.
The studio shut down an entire street in order to film the performance. They did two live performances outside the restaurant Osteria 166 on Halloween night. The studio’s owner, Kelli Wagner, was the former choreographer for the Buffalo Jills, the cheerleading squad for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills team. Wagner said they recruited dozens of dancers to pull off the iconic performance.
Check out their take in the video they posted to their Facebook page:
Wow! They really nailed it, costumes and all.
Their dance was so impressive that the Mayor of Buffalo, Byron Brown, named that specific date after the studio.
“On behalf of Kelli Wagner & the entire Fusion Dance Studio staff, we are so honored to have had the Mayor of the City of Buffalo, Byron Brown, name this day after our dance studio,” they wrote alongside a photo of the dancers from the shoot and a proclamation document declaring Oct. 31, 2018 as “Kelli Wagner and Fusion Dance Studio Day.”
“This proclamation shows you the heart of each member of our family, and I don’t use the term family lightly,” the post continued. “At Fusion, we pride ourself on being one giant family. We all love each other like family and we love our dance studio as if it is our home. … Thank you to all who helped to make this year’s ‘Thriller tour’ as amazing as it was!”
The dancers went all out in terms of hair, makeup and costumes. We think they look great!
Congratulations to everyone involved on their awesome performance!