Lucy Wallace, MA, Founder
In 2007, Lucy Wallace, MA started teaching dance at Alchemy of Movement (AOM) in Boulder, CO. In 2010, she bought AOM, after receiving her master’s degree in Psychology. Her psychology background led to the birth of Dance To Be Free due to the therapeutic and cathartic quality of her teaching style.
In March of 2015, Lucy founded Dance To Be Free and formed a 501(c)3 along with her Board of Directors. Their program launched at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility in July of 2015 and has grown into weekly classes and a teacher-training program in Pueblo, CO, NE, WA, MS, HI and AR. Over 250 inmates have been trained as dance teachers, giving them a tangible skill as they complete their sentences and return to their communities!
Alissa Peterson, Board Member
Alissa Peterson has been dancing at Alchemy of Movement for years and completed the SoulSweat teacher training about 4 years ago. She is a local realtor and repeat donor of DTBF. Alissa chaired development for the Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault and sat on the board of the Aurora Foundation.
Rob Schware, Board Member
In late 2006, Rob brought his two decades of management experience with the World Bank to a second career: helping to grow the yoga service movement. He wanted to combine his development and project management expertise in over 30 countries including India, Indonesia, Turkey, Rwanda and Palestine with his passion for yoga, by forming an organization whose mission it is to bring yoga to underserved populations. In 2013, his work of co-founding and furthering the Give Back Yoga Foundation earned him the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ Karma Yoga Award for “extraordinary selfless service in reducing suffering and elevating consciousness through yoga.” And in 2016, he received Yoga Journal’s Good Karma award.
Kirsten Vermulen, Board Member
Kirsten is Program Director for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation (Leadership Foundation) where she oversees issues-based leadership development programs for business and civic leaders and partnership initiatives. The Leadership Foundation, an affiliate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, is focused on preparing and connecting leaders from the business and civic communities to strengthen Colorado. For over 40 years, the Leadership Foundation has been creating unique learning experiences for leaders throughout their careers to gain the networks and knowledge to lead more effectively in their communities and inspire a better future for Colorado.
Prior to joining the Leadership Foundation, Kirsten served as the Director of Education and Member Programs for Housing Colorado, an education and advocacy organization advancing safe, decent and affordable housing for all Coloradans. She began her nonprofit career at the Colorado Chautauqua Association in Boulder, Colorado, managing membership services and donor development initiatives for the historic cultural institution.
Bex Burton, Board Member
Bex Burton is a DreamBuilder and Love Coach, supporting driven, ambitious women in attracting conscious, lasting love with extraordinary men. A dancer her whole life, she owned and operated Sense of Motion, a Joyful Wellness company specializing in functional strength and dance training in NYC for ten years. Bex was immediately drawn to Lucy’s dance classes when she arrived in Boulder in 2014, and has been a huge cheerleader and advocate for the Dance 2B Free concept since it’s inception. She is beyond delighted to join the board, contributing her skills in dance and digital marketing to the organization!