Dedicated to the principle that “Dance Transforms Women’s Lives,” Moving Steps Foundation is a comprehensive performance dance program for women who are currently or formerly incarcerated and women actively in opioid addiction recovery. Our goal is to reduce prison recidivism and support recovery by using dance to create a caring artistic community while building personal agency, responsibility, collaboration, cooperation and self-expression – tools necessary for achieving and maintaining successful social reentry.
Moving Steps began as a dance class and eventually became a performance lab at South Middlesex Correctional Center, the only female minimum security, pre-release state prison in MA. At the request of the women being released from the prison, the program was expanded to provide dance performance opportunities for these women within the Boston community working with various choreographers, professional dancers and a variety of performance artists. Later, our members expressed an interest in further expanding Moving Steps to include women in addiction recovery. Statistically, a large percentage of incarcerated women suffer from opioid substance abuse and both grapple with similar issues associated with reentry and recovery. Our methodology expands beyond dance and is a framework proven to be effective in implementing several art forms including spoken word, story telling and improvisational theater.
We encourage members of the dance community interested in partnership opportunities to contact us. It is our hope that the program will be leveraged nationwide and internationally in a variety of correctional facilities.