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“Grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to seal your doom,” because VanNghi Vo’s “Thriller” dance classes are catching fire throughout the island. In anticipation of Halloween festivities, the amateur dancer is teaching a series of choreography classes to learn the moves from Michael Jackson’s iconic zombie video.

The class is meant for all ages and experience levels, and the first week has already kicked off with attendees ranging from beginners to professional dancers, keiki and grandparents alike. Community members from all parts of the island are showing up to get down and take part in this festive freaky affair.

This four-part series is being taught at four different locations from Kilauea to Lihu‘e, and it’s not too late to join.


Mondays at Kilauea Dance and Fitness, 6:45 p.m. – Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, and Oct. 15. Shoes are optional.

Wednesdays at Kapa‘a’s Studio Barre and Soul, 6:45 p.m. – Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, and Oct. 17. No shoes.

Thursdays at Barre Soul Deux in Lihu‘e, 6:30 p.m. – Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct 11, and Oct 18. Shoes optional.

Saturdays at Golden Lotus Studio in Kapa‘a, 8:30 a.m. – Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. Shoes optional.

Classes are designed to learn sections of the dance sequentially, with refreshers for every class. The fourth and last class is a chance to fine tune and dance through all of the choreography in full costume.

Vo will continue to discuss the possibilities of flash mob-like events with her students near all the locations where she’s teaching, and hopes that more friends will come get caught up to join in on the fun.

Cost is $10 per class, or $30 for four classes. RSVP is encouraged.

Call (949) 697-5476 for more information.