Prisons Where We've Danced
La Vista, Pueblo, CO
Dance To Be Free has completed three teacher-trainings in Pueblo's medium-security women's prison. Over 60 incarcerated women have completed our program while three of our graduates finished their sentences and are now sustaining the program in Boulder and Littleton's half-way house.
Nebraska Correctional Center for Women
Dance To Be Free has completed 5 teacher-trainings at The Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW). In May of 2018, DTBF was invited to speak at the first ever live streamed Tedx Talk (line HERE) out of a prison. We shared the stage with 7 women serving life sentences who not only inspired the audience but humanized an often stigmatized population! NCCW has been the most supportive and welcoming prison we have had the privilege of working with since 2016. Their Warden, Denise Davidson and staff are on the cutting edge of prison reform.
Gig Harbor Washington, Washington Corrections Center for Women
Dance To Be Free has taught 3 teacher trainings at WCCW where they allowed us access to film in September of 2017 (getting permission to film in prison is a huge privilege). We are deeply fortunate to have met the Superintendent of WCCW, Dona Zavislan as she was the former Warden of Denver Women's Correctional Facility! Dona has since retired but continues to be a wonderful DTBF supporter!
In 2017 we expanded into 3 women's prisons in Arkansas in their medium and maximum facilities. There is little to no programming in these rural facilities due to their remote locations. We are returning in 2018 to offer our teacher trainings along with reinforcing the work we did with our original trainees.
In 2018, DTBF expanded to 2 facilities in Hawaii, the maximum women's prison on Oahu and the jail on Maui. We were given permission to film at both facilities during 3 teacher trainings. We hope to return in 2019!
In May of 2018 DTBF expanded to Mississippi's minimum security women's prison in Flowood where we certified 22 women as dance teachers. In September of 2018 we expanded to the max facility where we certified 24 women and were given the chance to film our training!
Lowell Correctional Institution located in Ocala, Florida was our 13th prison and 8th state. Lowell is the largest women's prison in the U.S. housing 3k women. We had an incredible group of 24 eager and ready students! We are returning in January of 2019!
Central Virginia Correctional Unit #13
At the Central Virginia Correctional Unit #13, we worked with a dozen women in a minimum security/work release facility in Chesterfield, VA. We had the privilege of being filmed by Freethink based out of Washington, DC ( Video HERE ). We hope to return in 2019!
It costs about $5,000 to fund one full Teacher Training. Click the link to sponsor a prison today!
Room and BoardSupport Dance To Be Free Staff lodging
- Lucy and two volunteers need lodging while providing services to prisons for one week.
Director SalarySupport staff salary
- Our director Lucy Wallace will be traveling out of state to educate the inmates to become dance teachers over the course of one week per prison. $1400 pay to Lucy breaks down to $50 an hour over the course of 7 days.
FoodFood for one week
- Help support Lucy and two volunteers pay for meals - 3 meals per day for one week!
GasSupport transportation to our out-of-state facilities
- We will be traveling by car from Boulder Colorado and are looking for contributions to our travel fund.
A contribution of $400 certifies one inmate to become a dance teacher as they complete their sentence. This skill can be used while they are still serving time or when they exit the prison system. Some inmates serving life sentences have the option of teaching their fellow inmates dance. Job skills after prison reduce recidivism and increase self-esteem.
Michelle completed the first Teacher-Training program at DWCF in 2016! She is an inspiring, strong and emotional leader! She has been leading Sunday’s at 9a to her peers for over a year. She will be released in a few years and plans on teaching in her community.Michelle Martin
Sarah is a clean, powerful and confident leader! She is completed the Teacher-Training at DWCF in 2016. Her poetry, presence and choreography has been beautiful and enriching for the volunteers and participants! We look forward to her classes!Sarah B.
Chrystie has been a playful, kind and helpful presence from the first day of the teacher-training at DWCF. She brings a kind, welcoming energy to her choreography and encouragement of others as they deepen in their dance practice. She is going to be a wonderful addition to the Dance To Be Free teachers at DWCF!
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