For the last seven years, Susan and her assistant Bethany have been volunteering six hours every Sunday to teach modern dance to the prisoners at the Woodbourne facility. Only six dancers, that participated in the program, have been released and they are still dancing. Susan Slotnick, choreographer and founder of the Figures in Flight Dance Company, formed Figures in Flight 5, modern dance group at the Woodbourne Men’s Correctional Facility, with the support from Rehabilitation through the Arts (RTA), a nonprofit organization that brings theater, dance and poetry to prisons in New York. Her modern dance program is currently the only one of its kind in a men’s prison nationwide, and possibly around the globe.
This documentary takes a closer look specifically at the relationship between the intricate process of abstaining from crime and the influence of a dance based enrichment activity might have on offenders. The piece captures the evidence of the arts intervention in the transformative process that enables the participants to make significant behavioral changes, both in prison and out in the street.
A film by Indrani Kopal
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