Room Coordinators

Larren Merriman

Larren Merriman

Room Coordinator
Larren grew up in East TN and moved to Northern California in his early 30’s, where he lived for 30 years. He began exploring  body-mind movement practices in his teens with martial arts, attracted mostly to the unifying awareness they engendered. In 2002 he discovered Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms practice and has been a dedicated proponent ever since. The underlying principles of that practice have become the foundation of his approach to navigating life.
“Dancing with AMC provides a space for me to explore spontaneous, creative movement that echoes between, and integrates, my inner and outer worlds. It models the freedom I want to express in the world.”
Jane Smolnik

Jane Smolnik

Room Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator

Music and dance have always been two lifelong passions for Jane. She feels that dance is a totally ‘holistic’ event as it dances your body, mind, heart, and Soul. Do we ‘dance’ the music, or does the music dance us? Bringing all aspects of self into harmony, joy, and balance through movement is essential and uplifting. It’s also an amazing way to connect with others! Belonging to this greater community of those that share this passion and practice is invaluable and rewarding. “I love supporting this group, the dance, and the dancers!” Jane is currently serving as AMC’s Volunteer Coordinator!

Event Facilitators

CJ O’Reilly

CJ O’Reilly

Facilitator and Executive Secretary

CJ grew up doing martial arts and ‘extreme sports’ and found dance while traveling in distant Mongolia. Since then he’s enjoyed ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, and social dance. CJ appreciates AMC’s collaborative approach to organizing and the broad, safe container AMC creates at their dances.

Ted Riskin

Ted Riskin

Facilitator

Ted is interested in anything that can get him out of his head, and music and movement do a pretty good job of that. He hopes to offer music that facilitates an inner journey and invitations that create a shift. You can hear some of his mixes on Mixcloud.

Marta Martin

Marta Martin

Facilitator and Executive Director

Marta has been part of AMC since she moved to Asheville from Surfside, FL in 2008. She has been teaching movement for over 20 years, using music and movements from around the world. She loves to motivate people to find freedom in their bodies so they can dance to the spirit of the music.

“I was dancing in my father’s arms before I was walking. When I dance, I feel ageless. Through movement I have found my inner power. My light shines brightest on the dance floor.”

Marilyn Gaunt

Marilyn Gaunt

Facilitator

Dance is an experience by which Marilyn connects to herself and others on a very deep level. Everything that we have ever come in contact with, both positive and negative, is stored in our bodies. Dance movement is her practice for accessing and healing on the physical and emotional levels. Upon moving to Asheville five years ago, Marilyn jumped into AMC as a volunteer; then from Room Coordinator to Volunteer Coordinator to Event Facilitator. Volunteering is such a heart-centered giving of time and energy that  fosters community, connecting, and sustainability.

Michael Hurd

Michael Hurd

Auxiliary Event Facilitator

Michael is currently on an Auxiliary Facilitator, and facilitates occasionally.

Coordinators

Jane Smolnik

Jane Smolnik

Room Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator

Music and dance have always been two lifelong passions for Jane. She feels that dance is a totally ‘holistic’ event as it dances your body, mind, heart, and Soul. Do we ‘dance’ the music, or does the music dance us? Bringing all aspects of self into harmony, joy, and balance through movement is essential and uplifting. It’s also an amazing way to connect with others! Belonging to this greater community of those that share this passion and practice is invaluable and rewarding. “I love supporting this group, the dance, and the dancers!” Jane is currently serving as AMC’s Volunteer Coordinator!

CJ O’Reilly

CJ O’Reilly

Facilitator and Executive Secretary

CJ grew up doing martial arts and ‘extreme sports’ and found dance while traveling in distant Mongolia. Since then he’s enjoyed ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, and social dance. CJ appreciates AMC’s collaborative approach to organizing and the broad, safe container AMC creates at their dances.

Marta Martin

Marta Martin

Facilitator and Executive Director

Marta has been part of AMC since she moved to Asheville from Surfside, FL in 2008. She has been teaching movement for over 20 years, using music and movements from around the world. She loves to motivate people to find freedom in their bodies so they can dance to the spirit of the music.

“I was dancing in my father’s arms before I was walking. When I dance, I feel ageless. Through movement I have found my inner power. My light shines brightest on the dance floor.”

Bob LeRoy

Bob LeRoy

Executive Treasurer

Since college, Bob LeRoy has danced passionately, in many styles…but he’s also been a passionate activist on behalf of cooperatives and nonprofits, and has founded some of each, such as the Barefoot Boogie freestyle dance in NYC. So, it’s no surprise that, since late 2011, he’s worked caringly on AMC’s behalf, in spearheading the nonprofit 501(c)(3) effort, then as Executive Treasurer, and as Functional Leader of the Board of Directors.

About Team AMC

Team AMC is the group of folks who, supported by community volunteers, help prepare the space for every AMC dance. We serve in many roles, from sweeping the floor to mixing music to creating fabulous spreadsheets. Each person brings their own skills and presence, and we're all dedicated to hosting dance waves for personal and community transformation.

Room Coordinators have completed pathway training and are organized by the Volunteer Coordinator. They are not paid, but are invited to dance at no cost.

Event Facilitators have completed pathway training and are organized by the Events Coordinator. They are paid for each dance they facilitate.

Coordinators & Officers are elected by the Core Circle and work as a team to steward the organization in collaboration with AMC's working circles. They are considered employees and compensation varies by position.

You can read more about Team AMC at AMC Working Circles.