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A real 'Thriller': Gadsden native danced in iconic music videoBy Antrenise ColeGadsden native Cheryl Sington poses with Michael Jackson during the filming of the "Thriller" video in 1984.

had any idea what it was going to be, she said. knew it was going to be the phenomena that it was. Sington, who is in town this week visiting her parents, spoke to youngsters attending camp for the Alabama Entertainers Talent Co. at CrossPoint Community Church.

´╗┐Gadsden native danced in iconic music video

She said she heard about the audition while she was living in Los Angeles.

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Sington said since the video, her career has continued to move forward. She has developed many performing arts departments at schools; directed and choreographed several projects; performed and traveled for Broadway tours, including Brides for Seven Brothers and Street and worked as a professor at a Adidas Hoodie Orange

Sington said she didn't get to keep her costume, but she did get a photo taken with Jackson and a visit to Neverland Ranch. She said she still keeps in touch with some of the dancers from the "Thriller" video. "The group of dancers built a real close bond, even though we have all gone our separate ways," she said. "We did a 25th get together back in October or November (to mark) when the original release was. Regardless of all the different things we think about Michael Jackson, there's no doubt that he was a genius in music and movement. He had a true passion for it."

Sington, who now lives in Fort Myers, Fla., was a zombie dancer in the video and is featured directly to Jackson's right, wearing gray, in the big dance number.

under a gentleman named Jaime Rogers, who was in the original cast of 'West Side Story,' she said. was a group of us who he came to and said, 'There's an audition possibility and you're the group of kids that I think should audition for this new thing called a dance music video, but it's going to be more like a documentary.' Sington said back then, they didn't think anyone would watch a dance video.

"I trained under a gentleman named Jaime Rogers, who was in the original cast of 'West Side Story,'" she said. "There was a group of us who he came to and said, 'There's an audition possibility and you're the group of kids that I think should audition for this new thing called a dance music video, but it's going to be more like a documentary.'"

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Sington said back then, they didn't think anyone would watch a dance video.

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She said they had six weeks of rehearsals and about six weeks of filming with 15 to 18 hour days. Some days were glamorous, and some days were not. (Jackson) was very strict. You clocked in. You clocked out. He wanted you there an hour before you clocked in to stretch, warm up and be focused and in the mode that he wanted. He wanted you to transform into the character. If other things distracted you, you were cut from the video. If he didn't like something, there was no ifs, ands or buts about it. It was his way or the highway. He had a great vision. Sington said she didn't get to keep her costume, but she did get a photo taken with Jackson and a visit to Neverland Ranch. She said she still keeps in touch with some of the dancers from the video. group of dancers built a real close bond, even though we have all gone our separate ways, she said. did a 25th get together back in October or November (to mark) when the original release was. Regardless of all the different things we think about Michael Jackson, there's no doubt that he was a genius in music and movement. He had a true passion for it.

(Jackson) was very strict. You clocked in. You clocked out. He wanted you there an hour before you clocked in to stretch, warm up and be focused and in the mode that he wanted. He wanted you to transform into the character. If other things distracted you, you were cut from the video. If he didn't like something, there was no ifs, ands or buts about it. It was his way or the highway. He had a great vision."

She said they had six weeks of rehearsals and about six weeks of filming with 15 to 18 hour days. Some days were glamorous, and some days were not. Skirt Adidas

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Twenty five years ago, dancers in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video didn't know how big it was going to be and the change it would have on music videos thereafter, according to Gadsden native Cheryl Sington.

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Sington, who now lives in Fort Myers, Fla., was a zombie dancer in the video and is featured directly to Jackson's right, wearing gray, in Adidas Tracksuit Boys the big dance number.

She said she heard about the audition while she was living in Los Angeles.

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Sington, who is in town this week visiting her parents, spoke to youngsters attending camp for the Alabama Entertainers Talent Co. at CrossPoint Community Church.

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Sington said since the video, her career has continued to move forward. She has developed many performing arts departments at schools; directed and choreographed several projects; performed and traveled for Broadway tours, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "42nd Street"; and worked as a professor at a university.

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