Meet Our Team

Lucy Wallace, MA, Co-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.

Denise Davidson, Consultant

Denise worked with the Nebraska Dept. Of Corrections for 31 years and loved every minute of it! She was very fortunate in her career to have many opportunities.
She left her position as the Warden in Nebraska in Feb. of 2019 and has since joined DTBF’s team as a consultant who will support our research, growth and funding efforts!

 

 

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

Rob Schware, PhD, heads the Give Back Yoga Foundation and is President Ex-Officio & Advisor for the Yoga Service Council. He also writes for The Huffington Post Blog.

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. 

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. 

Vadim Koperwas, Videographer/Editor

Vadim has been filming numerous teacher trainings in five of the facilities DTBF has been working with from – Nebraska to Mississippi. He has filmed and edited our most recent 2 minute video featuring our students dancing and pouring their hearts out during our intimate and powerful interviews. He is a one man show, juggling multiple cameras while remaining somewhat invisible to our students. It’s quite the art to be able to make such a vulnerable population feel safe while capturing such beauty!

Allan Parr, Copywriter/Editor

Allan supports DTBF by reviewing and editing the content on our website, outgoing correspondence and relations with possible sponsors. And! He came up with our fabulous name Dance To Be Free!

 

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