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Filipino prisoners are dancing for a reason



To think, all this stuff about the prisoners at Cebu in the Philippines dancing to Thriller started as a goofy viral video. Good thing CNN tells us it's a real program designed to rehabilitate all the mothers and rapists and murderers we've been fawning over.

The sea of orange moves with an urgent rhythm as music booms in the early morning light. The dancers twirl in unison, every movement carefully choreographed.

But what's most striking about these dancers are that most are accused murderers, rapists and drug dealers. They dance their jig behind prison walls. They are led by a choreographer who is accused of mass murder. One of their biggest stars is a transsexual, awaiting trial on methamphetamine dealing charges.

Welcome to the Cebu Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines. Once infamous for its gang violence, the prison is now famous for its dancing prisoners. Their hard work has spawned one of the unlikeliest hits on the Internet -- a reworking of Michael Jackson's 1980s smash hit video "Thriller." Filmed by the prison boss, it has drawn more than 6 million hits on YouTube.

Read the rest here (with more videos of prisoners dancing to '80s hits).

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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