"We thought it would be fun to have a themed show," said Katie Ponozzo, performer and show choreographer. "Sometimes dance can get cerebral and abstract. This show is very applicable and accessible."
She described the dance styles as contemporary and modern with a theatrical flair. Friday's show featured a group of young zombie performers who made a special appearance to dance in sync to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
The show also included visits by Little Red Riding Hood and some mystical mummies. About 200 souls were in attendance, and though the all-ages crowd started out a bit stiff, they later loosened up to embrace the peculiar performances.
Ponozzo said all of the troupe's dancers are from Idaho and that the company is proud to exclusively use local talent. Off Center Dance is currently in its third season and the group plans to continue establishing permanent roots in the Boise dance community.
"This is more than a hobby; it's a passion," Ponozzo said.
To view a slideshow of the performance, click here.
About 20 people participated in a performance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" on Saturday night at the Grove as part of a simultaneous worldwide performance to pay tribute to the late King of Pop, as well as to set a world record for the greatest number of people simultaneously dancing to "Thriller." Oh, there really is a world record for everything.
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Saturday night at the Grove is a triple-header starting at 6:30 p.m.
Step 1. Dig out your white Michael Jackson glove and brush up on your "Thriller" moves.
Step 2: Be at the Grove at 6:30 p.m. to take part in a worldwide simultaneous performance of "Thriller" in an effort to set a world record.
Step 3: Quickly head to the public restrooms located outdoors on the east side of the center and change into your zombie gear. Smear on some fake blood and get your zombie face on.
Step 4: Get thee zombied self to the Grove by 7 p.m. for the zombie walk.
Step 5: At some point between 7 and 9 p.m. check out the live music and fire dancing show at the Grove.
A British publishing company will put out Michael Jackson's opus (aka biography) in December, and while that's all well and good for fans, what's even more interesting is the "opus augmented reality" technology the book features.
Newspapers and magazines may be struggling to reconcile the print world with the digital world in the face of diminishing revenue, but it's entirely possible that those two will eventually collide at some point in the future thanks to this augmented reality technology.
CEO Kraken Opus Carl Fowler went on the Today Show to talk about the Official Michael Jackson Opus, which Jackson himself was overseeing until days before his death. For the really cool part, start paying close attention right around 2 minutes and 25 seconds in.
This information comes on the heels of raids by the L.A. police on the home and offices—both in Las Vegas and in Houston—of Jackson's cardiologist-slash-personal-physician, Conrad Murray, as well as on a Las Vegas pharmacy, where Jackson is purported to have used a number of aliases to obtain prescriptions.
The doctor states that after fearing Jackson was becoming addicted to the drug (ya think?), he "lowered Jackson's propofol dosage to 25 milligrams, mixing it with two other sedatives, lorazepam and midazolam."
According to the affidavit, which was unsealed yesterday, "on the day Jackson died, Murray tried to induce sleep at 1:30 a.m. with Valium; at 2 a.m. with lorazepam; and at 3 a.m. with midazolam. After Murray failed to put Jackson to sleep with additional doses over the next few hours, Jackson then demanded propofol. At 10:40 a.m., the report notes, Murray administered 25 milligrams of the drug and continued to monitor Jackson for 10 minutes, until Murray left for the restroom. Murray told investigators that he returned after no more than two minutes and noticed Jackson had stopped breathing."
But MTV.com reports that Murray and his lawyers are arguing that Murray never said it happened that way; he said it might have happened that way:
"The attorney for ... Murray, has released a statement calling much of the information in a search warrant affidavit unsealed on Monday "theory" and denying that his client gave police the timeline contained in the document."
Regardless of how, or in what order it happened, Jackson died of an overdose. And now a 12-year-old, an 11-year-old and a 7-year-old will be left wondering if something could have been done to prevent their father's death.
A local comedian and I and I were talking about Michael Jackson and realized we don't personally know anyone who has ever been to one of his concerts.
Have you? Leave a comment and let me know when, where, how old you were and what you thought of the show.