Dancing for a cause: supporting those struggling with mental health illnesses, depression

Learn ‘Thriller’ prior to annual Halloween flash dance

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CAMDEN — Each year, Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions offers workshops and classes to teach the local communities the Thriller dance from Michael Jackson's classic zombie music video from the 80s. 

Keeping this tradition alive in it's 6th year, the company and those from the community who take the workshop, will perform on Pearl Street on October 31, at 7 p.m., Halloween, in a "flash mob" that has turned into a community favorite experience each year.

A dance workshop where people can come and learn the Thriller dance will be held Sunday, October 27, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., at Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions, located at 255 Molyneaux Road in Camden. 

Community members who join will be asked to donated anything – even just a $1 – for participation. But it is free to anyone who can not afford to pay for the class. Participants will learn an abbreviated version of the original dance in just two hours, and be invited to perform with the dance company on Halloween.
Usually surrounded by hundreds that come to trick-or-treat on Pearl Street in Camden (at the intersection of Miller and Pearl), K.E.A. Dance Crew shows up to make a mini show in the street, with support of the beloved fire and police departments, and entertains the community with dance. 

This performance opportunity gives newcomers, and those who might not consider themselves dancers, a chance to perform as well; even if it's under the heavy Halloween make up, they are still supported, encouraged and celebrated as they get up to join in with the local dance company and perform the Thriller dance.

This year, Director Kea Tesseyman has decided to put a cause behind her annual Thriller moves: "I feel there are so many people who need help, support, confidence, love and community in this world, and they simply don't have it,” said Tesseyman, in a news release. “But we do. We are so blessed to live in this community and I want to share what support we can round up with those in need. We are donating our proceeds from our annual Thriller Workshop classes and flash mob to organizations that benefit and support those who are struggling with mental health illnesses and depression. We are hoping to work with an organization that also supports suicide prevention and bring more awareness to our community about those that do struggle with depression.

“For this workshop and future events, it is my hope to bring joy AND financial support to those in need. I wouldn't be here today if I did not receive support, encouragement and help when I was struggling with depression and so I'd like to pay it forward and use what I have - dance - to help others.

“I feel it is so important for those who can get up and dance to do so. Showing that anyone can dance, they just have to try. I'm here to help anyone dance who wants to. It's what I have to share, so that's all I want to do – share dance every day of this life that I have." 

Tesseyman welcomes anyone and everyone to her studio to join in the fun community of dance she has built at her studio for the people of this community.

Contact at kineticenergyalive@gmail.com / 207.975.4450

Event Date: 

Sun, 10/27/2019 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions


255 Molyneaux Road
Camden  Maine
United States