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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cebu Inmates dance with Michael Jackson's Choreographer

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Posted by Vernon Go , , , No comments

Cebu Inmates dance with Michael Jackson's Choreographer. Inmates of CPDRC Maximum Security Penitentiary in Cebu, Philipines dance to Michael Jackson's songs and dance steps from the King of Pop's longtime choreographer Travis Payne.

The Cebu dancing inmates, who first became an online sensation with their rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," are still moonwalking with the late King of Pop. Jackson's longtime choreographer Travis Payne and dancers Daniel Celebre and Dres Reid paid a visit to the Philippines to teach the inmates routines from "This Is It."

Michael Jackson was a fan of the more than 1,500 Filipino inmates who performed the choreography for his video "Thriller" in 2007 and created a viral hit. Jackson watched the videos of Cebu Provincial Detention And Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) prisoners during breaks from his tour rehearsals for "This Is It." Payne spent two hours on Sun., Jan. 17, and Mon., Jan. 18, teaching the dancers the routines from Jackson's posthumous "This Is It" film.

The "This Is It" version is a highlight of the film. It features a group of dancers who were digitally replicated to appear as an army. Payne's work with the CPDRC men brought this virtual sequence to real life.

The inmates were not initially receptive to participating in the choreographed dances, said Bryon Garcia, a security consultant for the prison. He suggested the activity to keep the prisoners busy during their downtime. Bryon decided to post videos of the prisoners dancing online to publicize some of the positive changes he implemented at Cebu since joining the staff in 2004.

Anyway, see the video below and see for your self the dance of the cebu inmates and the choreography:



Congratulations to the Cebu inmates' effort on their tribute to Michael Jackson and good job to Travis Payne.


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