Dear Participants, Dancers, Sponsors, Volunteers, Event Managers, TTW Supporters, and Fans:
It has been brought to my attention that a few groups are dancing on incorrect dates and incorrect times yet are still promoting themselves as if their events are the official Thrill The World Day. Please understand that this is a violation of our community’s mandate, and using Thrill The World logos to promote these events is intellectual property theft. In addition, it is confusing to tell which is the actual event and which is #fakenews.
Thrill The World started out as one girl with a laptop, with the crazy notion of having a sense of global unity by dancing at the exact same moment. Thrill The World grew into an annual event thanks to many caring volunteers who believed in the vision and who facilitated in making this a worldwide event.
Thrill The World is only one day each year - the Saturday before Halloween. It is not on Halloween, not 2 or 3 weeks before, and not in the spring. It is one special day along with special times designated by the TTW Global Team for TTW‘s worldwide simultaneous dance event. TTW must take place on the date and times set by TTW or consequently a dance group will not be counted as part of the world record attempt. It is also incredibly unfair and a policy violation to lead participants to think otherwise. It is misleading to the spectators who attend, to the media who support, and to the dancers who specifically participate in the worldwide unity of those 6 minutes of dancing.
I am aware that the dates and times selected might not work for everyone, and it is certainly permissible for a group to hold their own "Thriller"- themed dance events whenever they would like. However, if they choose an alternate date and time other than is set by the TTW Global Team, their event cannot be called Thrill The World, and if they are hosting their own independent "Thriller" dance on a day other than the official Thrill Day, they cannot use TTW logos, images, artwork, text, TTW materials, etc. If a group is promoting our upcoming worldwide Thrill Day event at other charity fundraisers or flash mobs, then it is perfectly acceptable to use the TTW logos and other materials.
This message is not meant to be a call - out, but rather a clarification so that everyone is on the same page regarding event rules and policies. If it has been reported and proven that an event organizer is not abiding by these guidelines, they will lose the privilege of being a Thrill The World Event Manager.
TTW is an all volunteer event. There are so many passionate individuals in this global Thrill network donating many hours of their time. Since TTW's inception in 2007, the cumulative volunteer work has reached thousands of hours!
Whether you are new to the TTW zombie family, whether you have been here from the early years of this global family, or whether you are just coming back home again to join the Thrill Community, I thank you for the difference that each and everyone of you have made in your communities and with individuals, in ways you know, in ways you see, as well as in all the ways you will never know. Just know that you had a positive impact on someone, somewhere.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Yours in dance and unity,
Founder and Creator of Thrill The World