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.

Katherine Shoulders, Southern Regional Director

Katherine has been the Regional Program Director for Dance To Be Free, since 2016. She has worked closely with the Arkansas Department of Corrections on wellness program design and implementation. Offering workshops at the Arkansas Department of Corrections training academy and at various facilities, she has experienced first hand the unique challenges and opportunities present in the world of corrections. Katherine also leads our students in instruction on strengthening the back, improving posture and the benefits of self regulation through breathing exercises.The Virginia Department of Corrections featured Shoulders as a presenter in a recent Department Heads Conference.  

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.

Angi Moyer, Nonprofit/Philanthropic Counsel

Angi joined Dance To Be Free in April 2019. As part of the Dance To Be Free’s team, she provides strategies and a sounding board to inspire opening doors to new ideas and conversations that strengthen existing operations, cultivate new partnerships and expand donor relationships. This capacity building partnership will assist Dance To Be Free in reaching ambitious goals with a long lasting social impact.

 

With over 25 years of professional experience working for and with a large scope of non-profit organizations nationally, Angi brings a depth of experience in nonprofit and philanthropic management. Her experience as a direct service provider and executive leader within non-profit organizations, as a board member, and as a capital campaign consult with organizations seeking to raise between $1 million to $10 million, allows her to see projects and challenges from all vantage points.

 

Prior to consulting, Angi’s professional career and volunteer work centered around working with and advocating for individuals facing traumatic experiences. The mission and vision of Dance To Be Free has reignited her passion and commitment to focus on serving those affected by life’s trauma.

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!

Alissa Peterson, Board Member

Alissa joined DTBF’s board in 2018 as a repeating donor, local dancer and supporter with previous board experience as she sat on the Board of the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. After earning a B.A. degree in Literature and History from Colorado State University, Alissa entered her initial career as an Executive Recruiter in San Jose, California.  She established a reputation as a top recruiter before moving to Tucson, Arizona, to join the field of real estate.

 
As a top Realtor in Arizona for national leader Coldwell Banker, Alissa also took time to marry and launch her career as a mother of two children.  Her current endeavors include assisting with forwarding the efforts of Waldorf Schools and creating global citizens of her two children who are currently age 6 and 4. 
 
Additionally, Alissa is a certified yoga instructor and has trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western Massachusetts.
 
Alissa has served on numerous boards in addition to CommonWell Institute International, Inc. Notable are the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault and Aurora Foundation, Inc., in addition to chairing committees for fundraising initiatives for SACASA and Waldorf. 

Allan Parr, Attorney, Copywriter/Editor

Allan is a seasoned business lawyer and contract expert. Allan also supports DTBF by reviewing and editing the content on our website, outgoing correspondence and relations with possible sponsors, donors and prison administration. And! He came up with our fabulous name Dance To Be Free!

Alexandra Heerdegen, Board Member

Alexandra is originally from Germany; mostly raised in Dusseldorf, now living in Lafayette, CO. 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 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 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.

 

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