Dance To Be Gay

When I arrived at La Vista Correctional Facility in June of 2018 I was hearing all sorts of reports on the status of our program down there. One woman called DTBF, “Dance To Be Gay” due to the fact that some women came to our DVD classes to simply see...

I’d Rather Be in Prison

Without romanticizing or denying how hard incarcerated living is – I am repeatedly in awe of how most women I meet in prison are wildly more interesting than “free world” people. I’d rather be in prison listening to a woman share her story of...
One Last Talk at AVCF

One Last Talk at AVCF

Yesterday, I went to my first men’s prison at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility (AVCF) to see the culmination of their entrepreneurial training program with Defy. Six men serving sentences for murder and sexual offense, shared their stories as part of an...
This is a hard planet…

This is a hard planet…

We just returned from our second training in Pearl, MS where we danced with 30 women. Women whose stories are beyond my sheltered life. Women who robbed because they were hungry and abandoned. Women who were molested and raped. Women who made terrible decisions due to...
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...