If you were waiting for an invitation, this is it!

AMC & Asheville Rhythm Presents

 

Hi dancers!

If you haven’t heard, tickets for our live music collaboration with Asheville Rhythm on Sunday, March 27 are available beginning today! You can get tickets, join the Facebook event, and read the full dance invitation at the links below.

Sunday, March 27, after First Wave
Tickets: $10+ (Suggested: $10-25)

Get tickets →
Join the event on Facebook →
Read more about this event →

Bring your self, bring your friend, bring your drum, and co-create a colorful pathway to the collective rhythm of the group in flow of shared energy!


A Community Invitation to Participate

Last Sunday, Team AMC met as a circle for the first time since January’s Dancer’s Gathering. Besides the nuts and bolts of AMC’s weekly dances, we explored topics like how we create a container and hold space for our dances; how to support one another as facilitators and room coordinators and volunteers; what worked and what can be improved about the Dancer’s Gathering; and we looked at various considerations for adding a subwoofer to our sound system.

Continuing the conversation started in Core, everyone was enthusiastic about opening more opportunities for community dancers to participate in decision-making that affects how we do what we do, and what we all experience during AMC dances. In that spirit, Team AMC created two guest member positions for community dancers to be part of Team AMC on a six-month rotation.

One guest will be a dancer nominated by Team AMC. Like Core, we’ll try to invite dancers who might broaden our perspective by sharing their experiences as a regular dancer at a particular dance (are there any Friday dancers here!?), or a dancer who might offer types of experiences we don’t typically hear about.

The other guest comes from this invitation! So, if any of this resonates with you, keep reading.

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You are invited to share your voice and perspective and participate in decision-making that affects what we create together. As part of Team AMC, we would ask that you commit to attending Team AMC meetings, which are scheduled once each calendar quarter. In addition to our regularly scheduled meetings, Team AMC sometimes calls an ad hoc meeting to discuss an important topic that can’t wait until the next scheduled meeting. We try to accommodate everyone’s schedule, and meetings are generally held on the date that the most people can attend.

If you would like to join Team AMC in serving this community, email CJ O’Reilly, the Team AMC Facilitator, to share why you feel called to serve and let him know you’d like to be considered as a Team AMC guest member.

Read about Team AMC →
See AMC’s meeting calendar →
Let CJ know you’re interested →

If you’re looking for other ways to participate and connect in our community, volunteer! You’ll get to work with an awesome RC, welcome a wonderful community of dancers into our shared space, and dance for free. You can sign up to volunteer on the website or contact Marilyn Gaunt, AMC’s Volunteer Coordinator, with any questions about becoming involved as a volunteer.

 

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Our shared experience of this community and practice is why we’re here, and we value feedback about your experience. Like the container we create for our practice, we aim to create a safer space for everyone to share their experiences of our dance and community. Besides our Dancer’s Gatherings, you’re always invited to share your experience in writing with feedback@ashevillemovementcollective.org, on our website, or with me at greg@ashevillemovementcollective.org.

Gratitude to each of you for showing up, and for sharing this extraordinary community experience.

 

— Greg, and Team AMC

AMC & Asheville Rhythm: Focusing on Community

Hi dancers,

Happy March!

Later this month, Asheville Rhythm and AMC are coming together to offer something different from our regular dances. On Sunday, March 27, River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser, and John Vorus will co-create a rhythm for our community to move together in a shared space.

AMC & Asheville Rhythm Presents

Calling the Dancers!

To honor the artists and offer an affordable dance, tickets for this dance are $10+, with a suggested flex range of $10-25. If you can afford to pay more to support this event and more events like these, please do! If you would like to attend the dance, but the minimum ticket price is a hardship for you, email me at greg@ashevillemovementcollective.org.

Tickets will be available online beginning Friday, March 11. We’ll also have a smaller reserve of tickets available at the door, and tickets will be available until we reach our capacity of 125 dancers.

In support of a safer space for us to move together and to create a container for our dance, doors will close at 11:00 am, or after the warmup. Any pre-purchased tickets that aren’t used before the space is closed will be made available to waiting dancers.

Sunday, March 27, after First Wave
Tickets: $10+ (Suggested: $10-25)
Online availability begins Friday, March 11

 

Calling the Drummers!

The intention of the musicians is to co-create a colorful pathway to the collective rhythm of the group in flow of shared energy. To co-create our community rhythm, experienced percussionists are invited to bring your instruments and join the musicians for a buildup section of the dance. Drum facilitator Tom Boots will support our drummers in coordination with the Asheville Rhythm musicians.

I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Join the event on Facebook →
www.ashevillemovementcollective.org


What We’re Working Toward

With all the exciting movement offerings in Asheville, AMC will continue to host community dances and also explore opportunities to offer something different in service to our dance community by inviting guests, hosting special events, and participating in community collaborations.

These are ways for us to respond to ideas and requests from you, the dancers who create our community. These are opportunities to welcome fresh faces and reconnect with familiar faces, and these are ways in which AMC grows and evolves.

As our dance community, and the broader Asheville community, evolves, we are working to better respond to AMC dancers by focusing on the part of what we do that is considered practice, sacred, or safer, while also sustainably hosting dances and special events in a way that honors everyone involved.

The upcoming live music collaboration with Asheville Rhythm is an experiment in doing just that. We hope to discover ways AMC can offer live music and learn whether this type of dance serves the AMC community. We can only learn this if we hear from you, so your feedback is important!

In further service to community, we’re creating and clarifying pathways to participation and decision-making through our working circles, especially in the Team AMC and Core circles. Team AMC supports facilitators and room coordinators (RCs), and discusses topics like special events and the facilitator pathway. Core supports operations and AMC’s other working circles in service to AMC’s vision, mission, and aim.

If you aren’t aware, Core currently invites two community members to participate in decision-making on a six-month rotation. Those seats will be opening soon, so watch for an invitation in an upcoming newsletter. This weekend, Team AMC will also consider extending a similar invitation for community members to participate in decision-making.

If structured meetings aren’t how you’d like to participate, consider joining us for the Dancer’s Gathering — a more informal forum for us to share ideas and talk about experiences with AMC. If you’d like to know more about the Dancer’s Gathering, I encourage you to read our past newsletters (like the one linked below) or email me at greg@ashevillemovementcollective.org.

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The next Dancer’s Gathering is in April, and the details for that gathering will be shared in this newsletter, on the website, and during our dances.

 

Feedback

If you would like to share your thoughts or respond to this newsletter, please know your feedback is welcome. You can send an email to feedback@ashevillemovmentcollective.org or email me directly at greg@ashevillemovmentcollective.org.

Thank you, and as always, keep dancing!

— Greg, and Team AMC