AMC is officially a 501(c)(3)!
Our community and organization has a long, rich history. Asheville Movement Collective traces its roots back to a Sweat Your Prayers practice group that first met in February, 2000. Over the next decade, the group developed into a vibrant community and a group of thirteen dancers came together in 2011 to form the Asheville Movement Collective partnership. The following year, six of the partners committed to becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in an effort to sustainably fulfill our vision: a world that moves in harmony where all are free to be their authentic selves in loving community.
It’s 2014, fourteen years later and two-and-a-half years into this new journey. Over those two years, we’ve danced in six different locations and have held over 450 dances with 23,000 dancers. Between our events and stewarding of the organization, we’ve recorded over 4,500 volunteer hours.
Earlier this week, the IRS confirmed Asheville Movement Collective as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization! Achieving tax-exempt status is the culmination of a collaborative effort by many dancers who have donated their time at circle meetings or served as event volunteers, room captains, and facilitators. Special acknowledgement is due to Bob LeRoy, who has invested countless hours of exceptional volunteer service as our treasurer and skillfully guided us through the IRS application process.
This is a collective accomplishment. And all that we accomplish in stewardship of the organization is in service to why we’re here: to host dance waves for personal and community transformation.
Finally, join me in heartfelt gratitude knowing that our recent efforts are only possible because of the dancers and facilitators who have come before us; they formed the foundation of where, and who, we are today. We wouldn’t be here if several women hadn’t had the courage to meet and dance in a living room. We wouldn’t be here if that movement hadn’t opened itself to the hundreds of volunteers that poured their hearts, minds, and bodies into service for our dance community. I simply cannot convey in a single message the gift that these women and men have given us.
Fridays with Asheville Ballet
In the spirit of fostering relationships with like-minded community organizations, I’d like to introduce the new host of our Friday evening events—Asheville Ballet.
Asheville Ballet is one of Asheville’s oldest and strongest nonprofit arts organizations. For 64 years they have aimed to provide the highest quality dance training in Western North Carolina in an atmosphere that encourages not just the art of dance, but the arts of humanity: kindness, generosity, cooperation, and affection for each other.
In addition to excellent dance productions, Asheville Ballet has created and found funding for scholarships that help underprivileged children study dance here in Asheville. For the past few years, their fall show has been held outdoors with live music for a free or donation-based admission. You can read more about what they do online at ashevilleballet.com.
As we continue our relationship with Asheville Ballet, we’ll let you know about their upcoming performances. Speaking of which, their next performance with live music by Montana Skies is tomorrow!
Asheville Ballet Produces Montana Skies
Friday, September 26 & 27, 7:30 pm
Roger McGuire Park Stage
Free / Donation Based