Flash mob perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance in Stratford

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Michea

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Micheal Jackson. - Credit: Archant

If watching 40 dancing zombies doesn’t give you a thrill then you might have advised passers by in Stratford to beat it on Friday night.

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Michea

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Micheal Jackson. - Credit: Archant

To commemorate 30 years since the ground-breaking Michael Jackson video Thriller The New Black Film Collective presented a weekend of film, culture and entertainment.

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Michea

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Micheal Jackson. - Credit: Archant

This was created through Hollywood horror and by re-enacting Michael Jackson’s iconic dance in Theatre Square, Stratford, outside the Stratford East Picture House.

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Michea

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Micheal Jackson. - Credit: Archant

Children from Newham dance schools East London Performers and Kerry Jane Academy took part in the flash mob along with various people around the community,

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Michea

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Micheal Jackson. - Credit: Archant

Following the Thriller dance was a “binge fest” of the Action horror, Blade, where all three movies were screened back to back.

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Michea

A flashmob in the sqaure outside Stratford East Picturehouse performing the Thriller dance by Micheal Jackson. - Credit: Archant


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Pupils from Ellen Wilkinson Primary School in Beckton were among performers of a smooth criminal tap piece and a tribute to Michael song repertoire.

Nu Social Health Organisation (NUSHO) supported the event by launching the Thriller Weekender programme with pre-film entertainment.

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Kelley Webb-Martin, the Chair of Trustees at NUSHO said: “The event was a success and we’d like to do something similar as an inter-generational project in the future.”

She added: “We had a number of members from an elderly group spontaneously break out in dance during the flash mob”.

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