Meet Our Team
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.
As one student shared:
“Wallace is a gifted and compassionate teacher whose style is vocal and impassioned, raunchy and raw, while simultaneously elegant and fluid. To be in one of her classes (I have attended classes at the studio) is to be both vulnerable and strong, to have fun and push oneself physically, to feel what one feels, and to move about it. Imagine how powerful that could be for incarcerated women.” Jane Perle
Lucy has been invited to speak at several speaking engagements including Emerging Women and the first ever live streamed Tedx Talk at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women. Her work is spreading and catching on throughout the prison industrial complex.
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.
Kirsten is a graduate of Ohio University (B.A. in English and Theater) and Northpark University (Master of Nonprofit Administration). She currently serves on the CLLARO (Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization), Dance To Be Free, and B:Civic board of directors and as chair of the Colorado Civic Health Network. Her past service includes the Human Services Network of Colorado board, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver associate board, National Philanthropy Day in Colorado steering committee, and Mile High United Way literacy partner. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Scott. In their spare time, Kirsten and her husband lead an award-winning performance troupe that travels internationally promoting Denver’s reputation as a cultural hub.
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!
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.
Alexandra Heerdegen, Board Member
Alexandra is originally from Germany; mostly raised in Dusseldorf. She served as executive secretary for 10 years for the CEO of a middle-sized international construction company. My family moved to Atlanta GA in 1998, where I worked as a part time office manager for a residential property sales office. We then moved to Boulder CO in 2009 so my son could finish high school and attend CU.
While in CO, she has worked part-time as an in-home adult and child care-giver, as well as a St. Vrain School District pre-school and after-school teacher. I am currently retired.
She has been a certified yoga teacher for the last 20 years and is active in both yoga and dance classes. Alexandra is currently teaching yoga in the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.
She also volunteers at the Boulder Homeless Shelter and at the women’s safe-house organization, providing in-processing of women seeking shelter from an abusive relationship.
Alissa Peterson, Board Member
Alissa joined DTBF’s board in 2017 as a repeating donor, local dancer and supporter with previous board experience.