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Taking its inspiration from Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller video, Point Park University will host the first-ever “Thrillerama,” a Halloween-themed dance fundraising event Friday, Oct. 29 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh.

“We wanted to find a way to celebrate the fun of the Halloween season, learn a cool dance and enjoy being part of an event in beautiful Downtown Pittsburgh,” said Point Park President Don Green.

Green, who will be participating in the dance, added: “What better way to raise funds for our students than by dancing and showing off the incredible talents of our Conservatory of Performing Arts faculty.”

Kiesha Lalama, M.F.A., professor of dance at Point Park, credits President Green as the inspiration behind "Thrillerama."

"Once he developed the idea, our faculty, staff and students got behind it in a big way, including all the planning and event logistics.”

Lalama is grateful to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership for their role in helping to support the event at Market Square.

“We wanted our fabulous city to be the backdrop for the music video and what better place to film than the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh in Market Square,” Lalama said.

Students and faculty from Point Park’s Rowland School of Business, School of Communication and the Conservatory of Performing Arts contributed to the planning and marketing of “Thrillerama.” A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Point Park students.

Event Information

The event is open to members of the community, downtown residents and businesses, as well as students and faculty.

Sponsorship costs to participate in the video are $500 per person; individuals or companies can also sponsor an individual or student to participate in the video for $500.

A Halloween after-party for participants and guests will be held in Village Park on the Point Park campus and includes dancing, beverages, food, DJ and live Halloween-themed performances showcasing Point Park COPA students. Those not interested in dancing can attend the after party only. The cost of the after-party is $100.

Details and registration can be found at or via the online registration form.

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