Web Series to be released in the coming months
See inmates from Nebraska Correctional Center for Women’s responses to the DTBF Teacher Training:
Check out our latest video footage from Washington’s Maximum Women’s Prison:
See Virginia female prisoners experience healing power of dance:
DTBF was invited to speak on stage at the first EVER live streamed Tedx Talk in prison.
We are a small, dynamic nonprofit organization whose mission is to change the lives of incarcerated women through collective dance. Our organization trains inmates to lead dance classes and spread what we call cathartic choreography to other women. We have found this can help individuals facing mental and physical illness as well as those struggling with complex trauma and PTSD.
During our teacher training inmates gain confidence as they experience leadership skills for perhaps the first time in their lives. As the training progresses their self-awareness increases through emotionally expressive movement. Our students also respond to journal prompts throughout the training that deepen the pro-social bonds created during our time together.
We encourage self-reflection and vulnerability as they learn how to collaborate and encourage one another. As they create their facility’s dance piece, they learn how to count music, choreograph and to dig deep inside of themselves to discover what it takes to step up in front and lead!