Have you ever heard of the name “the Dancing Inmates”? They are the renowned dancers from Cebu City,Philippines. They became famous since they’ve uploaded a video on youtube where they were dancing to the music of Michael Jackson’s thriller. It became a hit and since then, their performances are being watched by people from all over the world. They became a world sensation. And until now, they continue dancing and people still keep watching and enjoying their performances.
From the time we heard about these dancers, we really wanted to see them personally. These dancing inmates dance in CPDRC (Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center). They are scheduled to perform every last Saturday of the month. It is free to watch their performance but it is not that easy to go to CPDRC. Since it is on the top of the mountain, transportation is a hassle so the government of Cebu offers free bus ride from the Cebu Capitol going to CPDRC. But you have to call for a reservation. The performance starts in the afternoon which is very hot so you’d better bring shades and fans. It would last for about an hour. And it would surely be very fun to watch.
Me and my friends sat very close to the dancers so we could see their faces clearly. And we were quite surprised that most of them were at their 20’s. Then I wondered, “What could have they done wrong?” But I paused and thought, “I better quit thinking and just enjoy the show.”
Here’s my pictures of the performance:
At the end, we danced with them and they were very cool showing us some dance steps we could follow.
The performance ended with a blast. They danced Michael Jackson’s song “They don’t care about us”. It is a very powerful and meaningful song which is about criticism and racism. I can really say, ‘Hats off’ to these guys who changed my views on prisoners. Even if they are behind bars, they deserve second chances but it also depends on them, showing they deserve those second chances.
If you wish to watch the performance, book ahead and you may call these numbers:
(0063 International access) (032 local area code) 2539613/2541882
And they will publish their schedule on Freeman newspaper once they will have upcoming performances.