Frequently Asked Questions
And Why We Do What What Do
How Does a Prison Get Involved with Dance 2B Free?
Do you know of a women’s prison that could benefit? Here’s what to do:
1. Send us an email and let us know of your interest.
2. We mail (for free!) the interested prison a set of Dance 2B Free workout DVDs (7 classes, 50 minutes each) for the prison staff, recreation department, & inmates to review and experience for themselves.
3. If the DVDs generate interest, Dance 2B Free will begin talks to collaborate with the prison to bring a live Teacher Training program to the prison. D2BF brings the content, but D2BF relies on input from prison staff and inmates to create the best program for each prison’s individual needs.
4. Inmates are certified as Dance 2B Free dance instructors which provides continued sense of purpose for those still in prison as they lead recreational dance classes and meaningful skills & work opportunities for the women after their release.
Why Dance In Prison?
“Dancing is seen as a reparative experience that directly contradicts the terror, helplessness and invisibility of trauma to enable survivors to reclaim ownership of their bodies and their lives.” Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
In addition to dancing being a healing experience for inmates suffering from PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder), 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.
The Power of Synchronized Dancing
This quote sums up the mission of Dance 2B Free – “We have already seen and heard from the inmates at DWCF about how their social interactions have shifted since dancing together.
“In our recent study, we found that synchronizing with others while dancing raised pain tolerance. It also encouraged people to feel closer to others.” Bronwyn Tarr
Why Women In Prison?
Click below to learn about the increase in women being incarcerated:
Violence In Prison?
What does PTSD have to do with it?
Rates of Recidivism
Nationally, 97% of the offenders in jail today will be released and then return to the communities from which they came. Statistics show that 30% of adult offenders released from state prisons are re-arrested within the first six months of their release. Even worse, within three years of their release from prison this increases to 67%, or two out of three, ex-offenders returning to prison.” Project Hope Re-entry Initiative
Does Race Impact Incarceration Rates?
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! Please use our Tax ID #: 47-4034630
Where is my money going?
When you donate to Dance 2B Free your money goes toward operational expenses, travel/room & board, and director’s salary. It costs about $400 per inmate to certify as a dance teacher, and $5000 per prison to cover teacher training expenses.
How are the inmates benefitting from Dance 2B Free?
We’ve seen inmates healing from PTSD while gaining valuable lifestyle and employment skills for when they are released from prison. “This program gives my dreams hope.” says Mariah a former inmate from NCCW.
Dance 2B Free is a 501c3.
All donations are tax deductible!
We're currently building our team! 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. We're particularly interested to collaborate with those who have experience in the non-profit and criminal justice fields, but your own unique talents might be just the right fit for our team. Please contact us if you'd like to contribute!