Hemenway's Thriller Dance Party

by Lingbo Li

It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the darkUnder the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heartYou try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make itYou start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyesYou're paralyzed--- Michael Jackson, Thriller, lyrics from eLyrics
It isn't the typical soundtrack to an exercise class. But instructor Cristina Hoffman knows how to make an aerobic affair a bit more fun - and ghoulish - with the offering of a "Thriller Dance Party" which took place last Thursday at Hemenway Gym. It's part of Harvard's Hemenway's MTV Dance specialty classes, which have included sneakered reinterpretations of contemporary anthems like Beyonce's 'Single Ladies'.The class of about 15 warmed up to Jackson's "P.Y.T." and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" before segueing into the main event: the opening sequences of Thriller. It took only a few tries before everyone had pulled their claws out for a dance floor shake - if only there'd be a bit of fur flying around, it'd have been a convincing reenactment of the MTV classic. [http://www.youtube.com/v/pFwtWJT2iIk&hl=en_US&fs=1&]