“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
Dance 2B Free is a 501c3 composed of Lucy Wallace and the Gayle Nosal the founders and a board of directors.
Lucy brings a therapeutic quality to her teaching style due to her master’s degree in Psychology. She believes that trauma can be healed through the body more efficiently than through our minds. Dancing with women facing life sentences or with inmates that are soon to be released allows for a safe yet, cathartic release not offered in many prisons. The majority of most prison programming is faith based and cognitively driven. We hope to reduce the high rate of recidivism through lasting change found in the body’s inherent wisdom.
Dance 2B Free’s mission is to share the healing power of dance with women in prison nationwide. We launched our program at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility and recently expanded to Pueblo, CO and York, NE in the summer of 2016!
Dance 2B Free offers live classes, DVDs of our filmed classes and a teacher-training program. The regularity of the DVD program is critical in creating lasting change and will give us access to prisons that are in distant or rural areas. The teacher-training program gives the inmates the opportunity to lead and inspire others while gaining a skill they can use during and after their sentence.
What the Inmates are Saying:
“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.”
You can help!
Why Women In Prison?
…57.2 percent of females report abuse before admission to state prison versus 16.1 percent 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 and our volunteer page and our donation page.