Asheville Movement Collective envisions a world that moves in harmony where all are free to be their authentic selves within a loving community. Our mission and aim are to inspire authenticity and healthy community through free-form dance by hosting dance waves for personal and community transformation.
Facilitator Aim Statement
Event facilitators support Asheville Movement Collective’s community and organization by preparing and facilitating a space for others to develop their own movement practice.
Event facilitators have a passionate commitment to a movement practice within a participant community. They serve and support AMC events and operations through regular dance and meeting attendance.
As representatives of AMC, facilitators support each other in creating and cultivating the event format in service to the participant community. Mutual support and accountability, as guided by the values shared by AMC, are essential ingredients of what we create.
Event Facilitator Pathway Commitments
Event Facilitator Responsibilities to Apprentices on the Pathway: Prior to Pathway
Event facilitators demonstrate a level of commitment, a desire to serve, and do work towards supporting the organization and practice. They do this through regular dance and meeting attendance, and supporting AMC events and operations. Facilitators have a working familiarity with the apprentice pathway, event format, and regular operations, and are available to speak about these topics with anyone. Facilitators maintain an awareness to recognize and acknowledge emerging leadership from regular AMC participants. AMC expects this level of commitment, service, and knowledge from potential apprentices because it is expected of event facilitators.
Event Facilitator Responsibilities to Apprentices on the Pathway: During Apprenticeship
Event facilitators model the practice in addition to fulfilling their responsibilities. This includes modeling guidelines—awareness, permission, and participation—especially by relating with dancers throughout the event. Facilitators take initiative to collaborate with shadowing, event facilitation, active feedback, and by sharing their familiarity (see Prior to Pathway, above) and experience. Facilitators and apprentices are allies, actively supporting and holding each other accountable for the responsibilities outlined in the event facilitator pathway. Facilitators also encourage community among facilitators and apprentices.
Event Facilitator Pathway Requirements
Requirements Prior to Apprenticeship
Before requesting to become an apprentice on the facilitator pathway, dancers must meet the following requirements. The purpose of attendance, meeting, and volunteer requirements is to ensure the dancer is familiar with the unique aspects of AMC events, and are based on a regular weekly event schedule that consists of a Friday evening dance and two Sunday morning dances—three dances at two different venues.
- Attend 18 dances over a six-month period, averaging three dances per month.
- Attendance at, or have experience with, more than one regular AMC event.
- Exceptions can be made for dancers with comparable experience, as approved by the Events Coordinator or circle that primarily serves event facilitators.
- These attendance requirements assume the apprentice is already familiar with a movement practice.
- Meeting attendance gives dancers an idea of how AMC is governed and how decisions are made using consent-based decision-making.
- Attend two AMC circle meetings over six months.
- One meeting must have been the circle that primarily serves event facilitators.
- Exceptions for the second meeting may be made for dancers with comparable experience, as approved by the Events Coordinator or circle that primarily serves event facilitators (Team AMC).
- Volunteering demonstrates a level of commitment, a desire to serve, and work towards supporting the organization and practice. In addition, the volunteering gives dancers an idea of AMC’s event operations.
- Volunteer once a month for different regular events at different venues.
- Becoming an RC satisfies the volunteer participation requirements.
Requirements During Apprenticeship
- The apprenticeship period lasts a minimum of six months and may take up to one year.
- After one year, apprentices are required to discuss their pathway progress with the circle that primarily serves event facilitators (e.g. Dance Leadership Circle or Team AMC). The purpose of this discussion is to verify the apprentice’s continued interest in completing the pathway and determine how best to support the apprentice and supporting facilitators.
- This requirement is based on a quarterly-scheduled facilitator calendar.
- Shadowing is the process of observing someone performing in a trained role. The purpose of apprentice shadowing is to learn what is required of room coordinators and event facilitators at an event.
- Apprentices shadow an experienced room coordinator and event facilitator for one shift each. The purpose of the first shift is to observe, so the apprentice may not be delegated any tasks during these shifts.
- Depending on experience, apprentices shadow an experienced room coordinator and event facilitator for a second shift. Some tasks may be delegated to the apprentice during this second shift. Apprentices with comparable experience may not be required to shadow a second time, as approved by the Events Coordinator or circle that primarily serves event facilitators.
- Apprentices who have completed the room coordinator pathway may elect not to participate in shadowing a room coordinator during the apprenticeship.
- Apprentices may choose to shadow room coordinators or event facilitators for additional shifts.
- Apprentice collaborations are the process of leading a co-facilitated event with an experienced supporting facilitator. The purpose of collaborating is to develop the practice of facilitating AMC events and give the apprentice a diversity of experience by facilitating with different facilitators.
- Apprentices collaborations consist of working with a supporting facilitator through every aspect of an AMC event: mix-making, creating an invitation for the events newsletter, set up before the event, facilitating the opening circle, event facilitation, facilitating the closing circle, and break down after the event.
- Apprentices work with at least four facilitators over at least two full Sundays (first dance and second dance), one Friday, and any other regular event.
- Apprentices may choose to collaborate with supporting facilitators for additional events until the apprentice feels comfortable facilitating alone.
- This requirement is based on a regular weekly event schedule that consists of a Friday evening dance and two Sunday morning dances.
- Experienced supporting facilitators have facilitated for at least four contiguous quarterly-scheduled calendar periods during their AMC careers.
Meeting Attendance & Participation
- In a six-month period, the apprentice is expected to attend all circle meetings that primarily serve event facilitators, with a minimum requirement of three meetings or 75% of the meetings during this period.
- This requirement is based on a regular meeting schedule that consists of four meetings in a six-month period.
- Attendance exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances, as approved by the Events Coordinator or circle that primarily serves event facilitators.