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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 5:43 am 
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http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/28/1990955.htm

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Dancing jailbirds become YouTube hit

A video of Filipino prisoners dancing to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' in bright orange uniforms has become an instant worldwide hit on the video sharing website YouTube.

The video, shot in a provincial jail on the central Philippine island of Cebu, shows some of the 1,600 inmates dancing in a routine to the Jackson classic.

It has attracted more than 1.9 million views on YouTube.

The website also shows routines for Queen's 'Radio Gaga' and music from the hit move Sister Act.

The success of the videos, which feature dozens of orange-suited men lined up in neat rows and dancing in a synchronised fashion, has surprised the men who started the practice as a form of physical exercise.

The dancing, held twice daily in jail, was the brainchild of special security consultant Byron Garcia, who also put the videos on YouTube.

He said they began the dancing routines last year after he noticed that very few of the 1,600 prisoners were taking part in the callisthenics and push-ups that the jail was offering for their exercise.

Mr Garcia was also looking for something to inculcate discipline in the prisoners, who had been jailed for crimes ranging from murder to drug trafficking.

He said they first started off by having the prisoners do military marches, but to the tune of the Village People's disco hits 'YMCA' and 'In the Navy' and Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'.

"I thought it would be easier to communicate with them using music," he said.

"When they perfected the marching, we started the more difficult routines."

He says they even hired a choreographer: Vince Rosales, a former provincial capital employee who also manages a dance group.

Mr Rosales recalls being scared during his first week there as choreographer.

"The inmates would not listen to me; they even threw slippers at me," he said.

"They complained that they do not like to dance."

But Garcia laid down the law and compelled the prisoners to take part and they eventually accepted it.

Mr Rosales says he has even received thanks from elderly and infirm inmates for devising dance exercises for them.

The 'Thriller' dance that has become so popular on YouTube actually took a month to perfect, he recalls.

The inmates also have dance routines based on local pop songs, and these have also been added to YouTube.

But Garcia says the real benefit of the program is not its popularity but its effect on the prisoners.

- AFP

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These guys, are highly amusing.

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Heh, that's nice. I guess as far as punishment goes, atleast that ones funny.

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it is only a matter of time before it ends in stabbing.

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That's a rather dark outlook.

The "girl" was so very bald.

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I heard of the video last week when they posted it on Good Morning Amercia.

it was cute.

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didnt watch the whole thing...did they have a philipino vincent price do the laugh?

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