Meditative Dance Frees Women From Emotional Confines of Jail

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By Meredith May

Dance instructor Sylvie Minot eyes her pupils gathered in a windowless room inside San Francisco County Jail.

“This is not your typical dance class,” she says, as the five women fidget in identical orange outfits.

Minot presses a button on the mini iPod strapped to her wrist, and a heavy bongo beat fills the tiny room. The inmates move their feet at first, roll their shoulders, and then give in to their bodies and move their hips, arms and heads in a coveted moment of freedom.

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