Q: I’m really excited about this! But I’m not a professional dancer. Can I still join you?
A: Of course you can! Very few of us are professional dancers, we’re just people who thought it would be fun to do! We’re definitely not a professional troupe and we don’t hold auditions – if you can stand like a dead person (and dance like one too) then you’re absolutely welcome to join us.
Q: My son/daughter/minor child wants to join you, but I can’t be there. Can he/she still dance?
A: Yes, but there will be some paperwork to do before they’re free to dance. They will always need to be accompanied by an adult, unfortunately we can’t accept unaccompanied minors because we don’t offer supervision. Here’s how it will work: We’ll have a sign in sheet at the front desk, and everyone will be required to sign. The name of the minor should be one of the names on the list and the adult in charge should be signing next to the kid’s name as ‘guardian’. The first time you come in, have the actual parent write a note for the release of care while under SSC roof to that person. Both the parent and the temporary guardian must sign the letter and turn it into the Seacoast Sports Club for reference until the end of the practices.
Q: Oh no! I can’t make it to the class (or classes)! Can I still dance with you?
A: Absolutely. We’re not holding anyone to any commitments here. If you can’t make it to one class don’t sweat it – just try to get to some of the other ones. If you can’t make it to any classes that’s also cool – we’ve included the choreography from New York City’s YouTube video here and you can follow along with them. We do ask that you know the dance before you join us on Halloween Night – if you don’t you’ll really stick out and you might get in the way of the dancing zombies.
Q: Do I have to wear a costume?
A: Yes. No use having a mass zombie dance if your’e not a zombie. However, you could easily be a recently deceased zombie – just wear old clothes and cover yourself with fake blood and you’ll be fine. It’s not a high standard.
Q: How much does it cost to join you?
A: Nothing, except maybe the cost of getting your own costume together, but that’s your thing. The classes are being offered free of charge at the Seacoast Sports Clubs on Lafayette Avenue in Portsmouth. The most we’ll ask is that you sign the insurance waiver. But after that you can dance with us free of charge.
Q: I want to learn the dance for my wedding/party/just for fun but I don’t want to dance in the Parade. Can I still join you?
A: Of course you can! Obviously if you’re coming to learn the dance we’d love to have you join us as zombies in the parade (the more the merrier!) but if you don’t want to you’re not under any obligation to. We’re not demanding zombies (unless we’re hungry).
Q: I want to be in the parade as a zombie but I don’t want to dance. Can I still join you?
A: Yes, but it will most likely be at the back of the group. We don’t want anyone to get hurt by all the moving body parts. We may also need someone to help with the music (boom box zombies, security zombies, cart-pulling zombies and the like) and you can do that if you want. We’ll have more details in October about music options. And of course, you can always dress up as something completely different and just be in the general parade population.
Q: Where can I find more information about the parade route and stops where the dancing will take place?
A: Great question! You can find more about the Portsmouth Halloween Parade itself at www.spookyportsmouth.com
Q: This page answered a lot of my questions but I still have more. How do I contact you?
A: You can find me, the Zombie Wrangler, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I respond to any and all questions. You can sing up for my mailing list by dropping me a line there as well. If you’d like to be kept up to date, and see fun zombie related tweets on Twitter, follow me @portthriller.
See you on Halloween!