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Dance to Be Free Brings Dance Workshops to Women's Prisons
By westword.com- Amanda Pampuro
Published: 02/15/2019

Demetrius Gatson danced her way out of prison last August. On Saturday, February 16, she'll visit Boulder to teach a dance class.

“When I started dancing, I was at my lowest in prison," says Gatson of her time in Dance to Be Free, a program in the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women. "Before I went to prison in 2014, I had just started menopause, and so I got depressed, and I was just broke down, like I was having these hot flashes. My mind was playing tricks on me; I didn’t really know what was going on. I stayed like that for almost two years, and then I started dancing, and the hot flashes started to diminish."

Dance to Be Free was founded by Boulder-based dance instructor Lucy Wallace, a former owner of the Alchemy of Movement dance studio. With a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology from Naropa University, Wallace specializes in trauma that manifests itself in the body. Through spiritual movement, she wanted to help incarcerated women heal.

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