Ground Zero of What Matters

After our fifth teacher-training session on Feb. 23rd, we humbly walked out of the barbed wired gates, once again, in awe of the beauty we are feeling in such a grim place. Our four students are showing us how to dance with a freedom of expression we haven’t...

What we would do for a pen!!

Since Denver Women’s Correctional Facility (DWCF) is a maximum-security prison, recording our time there is very challenging. We can’t film, voice record or even bring a pen with us to our Tuesday night teacher-training sessions. On January 12th we started...

Heartbreak in Prison

Last Sunday I taught in prison in the midst of deep sadness and heartbreak over the ending of my relationship. In our training, we were advised not to share the personal details of our lives with the inmates at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility (DWCF) for our...

Life Sentences at DWCF

As the article from the Daily Camera is approaching being published, we were asked to verify the crimes some of the inmates committed who were interviewed after dance class on November 15th. Since July 1st, I have been dancing at DWCF with zero knowledge of how or why...

Dance 2B Free is denied our first grant!

In the Fall of 2015, D2BF applied for our first grant. In addition to our weekly classes, we asked for $5,000 to support our teacher training program at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Our goal is to teach five inmates how to teach each other...

The Daily Camera came with us to prison!

We had our best day yet in prison on Sunday, November 15th as the Daily Camera was given permission to join us at The Denver Women’s Correctional Facility! This is a huge milestone in the often convoluted world of prison protocol. The staff greeted us at the...

D2BF expands into Pueblo!

Hello Dancers! Last week D2BF visited La Vista, the only other woman’s correctional facility in Colorado. We were shown the premises and met with the Captain of programming as well as the Lieutenant of recreation. They were kind, welcoming and happy to have us...

Hope in a Hopeless Place

Yesterday we arrived at The Denver Women’s Correctional Facility (DWCF) with two lovely volunteers to find that a movie was playing in the gym during our typical Dance 2B Free class time. I felt so discouraged. We have had the same 2pm time slot on Sundays for...