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PHOTOS: Thriller Under the Arch draws zombie mob

By Andrea Laue
Zombie Thriller Dance held in Downtown Reno on Saturday, October 26.

Hundreds wearing zombie garb gathered in downtown Reno on Saturday, Oct.26 to perform Michael’s Jackson’s “Thriller” dance under the Reno Arch.Described by event promoters as a “flash-mob style costumed publicperformance,” the rendition of the famous music video featured localdance students, costumed revelers, and crowds of spectators capturingthe spectacle on cell phones.

Heart & Sole Dance Academy offered instruction in the “Thriller” dance inthe weeks leading up to the performance. Several students of the Academyalso provided pre-event entertainment and headed the undead mob duringthe official performance. DJs perched atop a Red Bull van blasted the tunes.

An annual event since 2008, the “Thriller” dance has been held at severallocations around Reno, but the arch is the most common venue. Althoughthe performance kicks off the Zombie Crawl, a costumed pub crawl with 38participating venues in the greater downtown area, the dance itself wasfree, alcohol-free and family friendly.


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