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04/07/2013 05:17 BST | Updated 02/09/2013 06:12 BST

Women Learn Flamenco In Bolivian Prison (VIDEO)

These ladies may not be appearing on Strictly Come Dancing anytime soon or wearing fancy frocks, but an initiative to teach women flamenco dancing in La Paz prison in Bolivia is proving highly effective. The women - most of whom are in there for drugs or alcohol offenses, find the dance lessons give them 'harmony'.

Famous dancer Francisco Suarez is teaching them how to dance and how to get their lives back on track. One prisoner said: "Normally I wanted to get high instead of being here but I prefer to stay because I feel...calm."

Interestingly, despite prison tours technically being illegal, hundreds of tourists still take them.

A look into Italian inmates creating fashion from HuffPost US:

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