“As the former Warden at DWCF, seeing this program brings tears of joy. Thank you Lucy Wallace.” Dona Zavislan
“Everyone had so much fun and loved Lucy and Gayle! Whoever sees this and is a Warden at a Women’s facility needs to contact these ladies. They change lives!!” Denis Skrobecki, Warden at NCCW
Who We Are
Lucy Wallace and Gayle Nosal co-founded Dance 2B Free in the Spring of 2015. Lucy is a dance studio owner with an MA in Psychology and decades of experience in the healing power of dance. Gayle has long-term career experience in marketing, teaching, and non-profit management. Together they have spent 18 months designing and implementing the D2BF program for hundreds of women in prison in Colorado. Their grassroots, hands-on experience with women inmates gives them unique insight into rehabilitative programming for women offenders. Our Board of Directors supports this initiative with legal and business expertise while our local community provides tremendous in-kind support.
Dance 2B Free’s mission is to share the healing power of dance with women in prison nationwide. Dance 2B Free uses dance with women in prison to address needs for movement/fitness, trauma recovery, leadership, and community building. Through our teacher-training curriculum, D2BF also provides women with healthy lifestyle choices and tangible skills while they remain in prison and when they re-enter their communities.
Recidivism is a core criminal justice concern. The Bureau of Justice Statistics states: “Nationally, 30% of adult offenders released from state prisons are re-arrested within the first six months of their release. Within three years of their release, 67% of ex-offenders return to prison.” Employment and community engagement are critical factors determining long-term success of released inmates. We aim to reduce the high rate of recidivism by addressing the root cause of why a recently released inmate would return to prison: unaddressed PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder).
“I feel freer and better all around.”
“I am more understanding and compassionate.”
“I am less stressed out and anxious.”
“D2BF helps my mind relax. I don’t think about my everyday stress of this prison/outside.”
“This is a super great program.”
“I’ve noticed I’m more happier.”
“My stress has gone down 80-100%”
“I can dance with others now.”
Why Women In Prison?
“57.2% of females report abuse before admission to state prisons versus 16.1% of males.”
-Bureau of justice statistics, US Dept of Justice
As we grow we are continually looking for talented volunteers and donors to help support and spread our mission of bringing the joy of movement into women’s prisons. If you would like more information on how you can help check out our volunteer page and our donation page.