Prison Teacher Trainings

Dance To Be Free has now certified 200 inmates as dance teachers from Denver & Pueblo, CO, Nebraska, Washington and Arkansas! In 2018 we are expanding to New York, Hawaii and further into the South!

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 completed three teacher-trainings at NCCW, where two of the trainings were for the general population (GP) and one was offered to the Substance Abuse Unit (SAU). The SAU consists of women who are in prison for a drug related crime and SAU is the last phase of their time in prison before being released. We are returning in November of 2017 for our fourth teacher training!

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 fortunate to have met the Superintendent of WCCW, Dona Zavislan as she was the former Warden of Denver Women’s Correctional Facility!


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.

It costs about $5,000 to fund one full Teacher Training. Click the link to sponsor a prison today!

Thank You!

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.



Rave Reviews...

"As the former Warden at DWCF, seeing this program brings tears of joy. Thank you Lucy Wallace." Dona Zavislan

Inmates Say.....

“I feel freer and better all around.”

Bringing Normalcy

"I don't feel like I'm in prison for an hour on a Sunday, and I love that. I love the normalcy of don't feel so alone." C. Hardy

Inmates Say.....

“I am more understanding and compassionate.”

Changing Lives....

"Everyone had so much fun and loved Lucy! Whoever sees this and is a Warden at a Women's facility needs to contact these ladies. They change lives!!" Denise Davidson, Warden at NCCW

Inmates Say.....

“I am less stressed out and anxious.”

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

Teacher-Training Graduate at DWCF

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!


Chrystie Hardy

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