We envision 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.
AMC has been dancing in one form or another since February, 2000, when a few folks gathered as a small Sweat Your Prayers practice group. Although our history is rooted in 5Rhyhtms, changes within the Sweat Your Prayers headquarters prompted our original group to change their name in the fall of 2003. Around the same time, the group's founder passed her mantle to four core members, the Core-4, who were part of the original practice group.
Working within a simple structure, the leadership facilitated meetings open to the community where issues could be addressed and dancers could be heard. At that time, the community was small—25 dancers was considered a large crowd—which was sustainable within that simple structure. As the community grew, AMC moved into a larger space (what used to be the Asheville Arts Center on Merrimon Avenue) to accommodate new dancers. After moving to the Arts Center, the number of dancers quickly grew.
Recognizing a need to pause and consolidate after a period of intense transition, the open meetings were closed to the community so the leadership could re-nourish and clarify from within. To quote, "We knew that this is what our community deserved—a committed, energized, organized core willing to do the hard work of consensus leadership."
Fast forward to 2009 when AMC adopted Dynamic Self Governance, or Sociocracy, to support transparency and inclusivity around decision-making. By then, AMC had grown into a vibrant community that required a large space to dance in every week. Facing pragmatic venue and financial concerns, a group of thirteen dancers came together in January of 2011 to form the Asheville Movement Collective Partnership. The following year, six of those 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.
AMC was recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in September, 2014!
Between 2012 and 2014, we danced in six different locations and held over 450 dances with 23,000 dancers. Between our events and stewarding of the organization, we recorded over 4,500 volunteer hours.
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.
And all that we accomplish in stewardship of Asheville Movement Collective is in service to why we're here: to host dance waves for personal and community transformation.