For three years in the prisons dependent on the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service the project is carried out annually “We dance the same”, which consists of a dance competition among inmates housed in women’s penitentiary units, female annexes and units with transgender inmates of the Province of Buenos Aires. In this 2020, the winners were the inmates of Unit 50 of Batán, who repeated what they achieved last year.
The winners were announced last week. However, in the last hours the video clip recorded by one of the four groups participating in the final went viral, which aroused controversy and led to an internal summary of the SPB because Penitentiary agents also participated in the choreography starring detainees at Los Hornos Penitentiary Unit 33, in La Plata.
The images show inmates and SPB agents dancing a choreography to the song “Muévelo” by Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee. For the performance, which lasts just over two minutes, the women used a car, a drone and other facilities from the prison 33, located at 149 and 70 bis, a place where many pregnant, sick women and who live with their children up to 4 years old.
According to the video, the detainees would be the young women who appear dressed in shorts and a black shirt while the prison guards reportedly used their own uniform to dance. To establish this, the SPB authorities initiated an internal investigation through which they will seek to know how and when this production was carried out, who the participants were and if they had permission to do so.
SPB sources indicated to Infobae that “there was no bad intention on the part of the prisons: they wanted to collaborate in the choreography but they couldn’t.” Is that the contest is only for inmates and therefore the group from Unit 33 ended up being disqualified from the competition.
The “Igual Bailamos” project arose within the framework of the activities of the Culture and Sports Directorate, dependent on the General Sub-Directorate of Education. Its objectives are “to improve the general physical and mental condition; improve coordination, self-esteem and self-confidence; reinforce the values that teamwork provides; reduce stress by channeling aggressiveness; have fun and socialize ”.
This year 84 inmates from ten penitentiary units participated. The choreographies were performed in ventilated spaces, respecting the protocols established for COVID-19. Precisely because of the restrictions due to the pandemic, the experience of holding the contest in a theater could not be repeated, as was done last year. Instead, it had to be done virtually.
Teams from Units 2, 46, 33 and 50 arrived at the final. All of them made a video and a jury made up of teachers, dancers and qualified professionals in the area chose the women from Unit 50 as winners., at the same time that they disqualified the other team for not complying with the order. In addition to competitors on the dance floor, other inmates in charge of costumes and makeup participate in the activity.
The defining meeting was attended by the Director of Culture and Sports Walter Bertolotto and the Head of the Sports, Recreation and Free Time Department Alejandra Ruiz, who were accompanied by Rosana Gusmerotti and Cielo Battista, both members of the aforementioned Directorate.
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