Marana helps set a mark for 'Thriller' dance
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Sarah Mitchell (right) and Kahtia Hall practice Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance before an attempt to help break a world record for the largest group around the world to simultaneously perform the Halloween cultural-hit dance. Approximately 80 people danced in Marana along with nearly 4,000 other people around the world spanning 65 cities in nine countries.

People in Marana danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on Saturday, contributing toward an attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous Thriller dance.

That record had been 1,722 dancers a year ago. This weekend, 3,960 people — 79 at Marana’s first Fall Heritage Festival — participated in Thrill the World.

“We want to connect the world by sharing the joy of dance, the celebration of community and the passion for living,” said Ines Markeljevic, Thrill the World creator and director. “I believe we did just that today.”

Thrill the World attracted dancers in 65 cities and nine countries. Gurnee, Ill., had 334 dancers.

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