26 January 2010

Dancing Inmates' 'This Is It' Routine

Dancing Inmates
The 'Thriller' routine of the Cebu dancing inmates captured audiences worldwide, including the King of Pop himself, the late Michael Jackson.

Jackson's world-famous choreographer, Travis Payne, along with two of Jackson's backup dancers, taught the inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center new routines for a special dance video that will be released to coincide with the 'This Is It' DVD launch this January (see full performance below).

The choreographer said it was but fitting to include a special dance number from the now world-renowned Cebu inmates for the special 'This Is It' DVD launch.

The Cebu dancing inmates even made it to the 'Michael Jackson Opus,' the only new publication that was approved and endorsed by Jackson himself and the estate of Michael Jackson.

The Opus, which was released last month, features more than 300 rare and previously unpublished photos. Two pages of the photo book featured the Cebu dancing inmates.

Payne and dancers Daniel Celebre and Dres Reid taught the inmates the 'Drill' and 'They Don't Really Care About Us' routines.

The two routines were unique made-for-tour performances for 'This Is It,' which was supposed to be Jackson’s final curtain call concert tour.

It took a full day for the prisoners to learn the routine and their performance are now available on YouTube.com. Check out the end-result below: