Our 13th Prison

Our 13th Prison

From the moment I opened up our initial circle of 24 women in the largest women’s prison in the country – I was stunned by their eagerness, humor and desire to grow. As each woman went around the circle and introduced themselves, the others listened, laughed and...
This ain’t easy!

This ain’t easy!

Working together on DTBF is not easy. My face kinda shows that here… since the first day I danced in prison I would come home and share all the magical moments with my partner Vadim. He would cry and we would daydream about one day filming our trainings. Now...
Lilly Lets Her Guard Down

Lilly Lets Her Guard Down

Lilly completed our teacher training in Oahu’s maximum facility in 2018. Here is a glimpse into her interview: “So, in prison, a lot of women believe they have to have their guard up, but it doesn’t come from prison. It comes from a lifestyle that we lived...
Magic in the Midwest

Magic in the Midwest

DTBF was invited to Nebraska’s Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) to speak on stage at the first EVER live streamed Tedx Talk in prison – ( Link Here. ) I shared the stage with 7 women serving life sentences. Again, my assumptions about what these women...
From Maui to Mississippi!

From Maui to Mississippi!

In 2018, DTBF has danced with incarcerated women from across the Pacific to the heart of the South! We have met all sorts of characters and had our myths busted right and left. From Hawaii to Mississippi I was scared about how I would be treated or welcomed in such...
Malaika’s Freedom

Malaika’s Freedom

Malaika is a DTBF graduate from our Teacher-Training in West Memphis, AR. She was a delightful student who kept in touch once she got out and shared her story with us here: Where do I start? Free. That’s a powerful word right there. How amazing it is to be free....
Forgiveness

Forgiveness

During one of my first teacher trainings I learned that one of our students killed a baby she had nannied and would not be getting out of prison until 2048. When I started dancing in Denver two years ago, I told myself that all of the women I was meeting and dancing...
Life After Prison – Eating Crow

Life After Prison – Eating Crow

Another beautiful piece by Cassy Bustos from our, “Life after prison” blog series: “While helping a fellow resident to deescalate from a typical & unfair halfway house/DOC scenario, it occurred to me that some of the strongest advice I can give...

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