Dirty Dancing

Some pretty creative jail management

At Cebu Provincial Jail, in the Philippines, something extraordinary happens every fourth Saturday of the month: the gates are opened, hundreds of people are admitted into the courtyard, and here they spend the day watching the show performed (for free) by a quite unique corps de ballet. It is formed by almost nine hundred inmates, many of them jailed for serious offences like rape, drug trafficking and manslaughter.

The initiative was born almost by chance as a correctional program, and it has since become a model that’s been looked at with growing interest by many prisons in the world, as well as a show of the highest quality. Not by mistake: some of its numbers have been personally designed by Michael Jackson’s coreographer.