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Flamenco fires up lives of Bolivian inmates

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - 01:15

July 3 - Spain's flamenco maestro Francisco Jose Suarez teaches flamenco to inmates at a Bolivian women's prison as part of an arts program to re-integrate them back into society. Elly Park reports.

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Dance has saved his life, says famed Spanish flamenco dancer Francisco Jose Suarez. It was his saving grace when he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, and now he wants to share his passion with these women - prisoners of the La Paz women's prison in Bolivia. SOUNDBITE: Flamenco Dancer And Teacher, Francisco Jose Suarez, saying (Spanish) "When you share things not just with your mind but also with your heart that is what people feel." Most of the women here are in jail on drugs and alcohol charges. And after taking the dance classes, many say that they have added a feeling of freedom to their troubled lives. SOUNBITE: Inmate, Marilin Callao, saying (Spanish) "I haven't felt closed in. The class has made me feel happy, free. It has made me feel a lot of things." SOUNDBITE: Inmate, Vilma, saying (Spanish) "I would normally have wanted to get high instead of being here. But I prefer to stay because I feel good, relieved and calm." Suarez has already visited some fifty prisons around the world with his flamenco rehabilitation program, hoping that it will help others find their footing.

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Flamenco fires up lives of Bolivian inmates

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - 01:15