Janet’s Story

We are now highlighting one woman a month to share her story because once you hear a person’s story it is hard to hate them up close. The trauma that was passed onto Janet and multiplied in her childhood is unimaginable. Racism, poverty, trauma and hopelessness...

Message From Our Founder

Hello DTBF Supporters, What a whirlwind this has been! We hope you and your family are safe during such a scary and uncertain time. Like most of the world, DTBF is trying to adapt to this pandemic. Last Saturday, we virtually danced with our incarcerated students from...

Red Tape

This picture says it allll. DTBF is about magic, freedom, redemption and beauty. And. At the same time there is a massive amount of red tape. So much so — at times, I’m baffled I keep going. Yesterday, during this pandemic we were planning on teaching a live streamed...

Tae Bo

On a bitter cold night, we walked into what looked like the entrance to the transitional/halfway house for men in Colorado Springs. Two men were smoking outside as Lilly, Chloe and I quickly walked by them. I immediately noticed an odor that I expected in prison but,...

Dance To Be Gay

When I arrived at La Vista Correctional Facility in June of 2018 I was hearing all sorts of reports on the status of our program down there. One woman called DTBF, “Dance To Be Gay” due to the fact that some women came to our DVD classes to simply see...

I’d Rather Be in Prison

Without romanticizing or denying how hard incarcerated living is – I am repeatedly in awe of how most women I meet in prison are wildly more interesting than “free world” people. I’d rather be in prison listening to a woman share her story of...

This ain’t easy!

Working together on DTBF is not easy. My face kinda shows that here… since the first day I danced in prison I would come home and share all the magical moments with my partner Vadim. He would cry and we would daydream about one day filming our trainings. Now...

Lilly Lets Her Guard Down

Lilly completed our teacher training in Oahu’s maximum facility in 2018. Here is a glimpse into her interview: “So, in prison, a lot of women believe they have to have their guard up, but it doesn’t come from prison. It comes from a lifestyle that we lived...