As a small but growing nonprofit, our mission is to radically improve the lives of incarcerated women through dance. We use “Cathartic Choreography” to both train the inmates and teach them a new skill. We have seen this technique help these women to deal with physical and mental illness, including PTSD and complex trauma.
During our teacher trainings inmates gain confidence as they experience leadership and responsibility, often for the first time in their lives. That sense of accomplishment flourishes as these women learn to not only express themselves through dance, but to free others to do the same.
Throughout this beautiful transformation, we teach the nuts and bolts of choreography, timing and flow, and just as importantly we facilitate journaling and sharing exercises that nurture introspection, self-awareness and a kind of teamwork family value that inmates often need.
See our latest footage from Nebraska, Hawaii and Mississippi:
Watch Women Respond to DTBF Teacher Training:
See Virginia female prisoners experience healing power of dance:
DTBF speaks at the first EVER TEdX Talk live streamed from prison
How It Works
We Mail DVDs
We mail the interested prison a complimentary set of Dance To Be Free DVDs for the recreation department & inmates to review and experience for themselves.
If the DVDs generate interest, DTBF will schedule a live Teacher Training program for the prison.
We dance at the prison! Our Teacher Trainings are 3 days long (3-4 hours a day) and intended for ALL skill levels.
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