Meet the Team

Room Coordinators

Jay Pfeil

Jay Pfeil

Room Coordinator

Jay is an artist and dedicated dancer and AMC supporter. She enjoyed communing with nature through hiking and art. Finder her at the AMC entrance supporting volunteers or on the dance floor!

Cat Hay

Cat Hay

Room Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Event Facilitator

Cat’s earliest and most cherished memories from childhood are of days spent dancing, and it has been through dance that as an adult she recovered her sense of self. Since 2010, when Cat discovered hoopdance, she has been on a journey of self discovery that is intentionally cultivated and continuously explored through her daily dance and movement practice. She is a hoopdance teacher and a professional fire and flow artist. Cat believes dance is an incredible tool for connection and healing, not only for the individual but also the collective, and she feels grateful to be a part of the team of Asheville Movement Collective where this belief is shared and supported.

Victoria Keil

Victoria Keil

Room Coordinator & Content Manager

When Victoria was introduced to AMC, she discovered a new way of expression, communication, trust, and honesty. Even though she always loved to dance, this dance has helped her release the expectations and predictability mostly associated with it. That insight was a catalyst to discover her strengths and nourished her life. Dance has become part of her healing, transformation, and spiritual practice. She is grateful to be part of this community.

Victoria serves as a Room Coordinator, writes our weekly newsletter and does AMC’s website updates.

Event Facilitators

Robert Kochka and Amanda Crowe

Event Facilitators (jointly)
Conway Dance Facilitator

Conway Weary

Auxillary Facilitator & Board Member
Conway remembers the moment – when her first grade teacher, Mrs. Dean, lined up the girls, put Tchaikovsky on the record player and said “Pretend you’re a flower”.  That ecstatic meeting of music, self and creativity was a life gift.  Thanks Mrs. Dean!  The Dancer Path is to play with the world with wonder, spontaneity, passion and joy.  It’s a path that helps the inside meet the outside, the body meet the spirit and the healer meet the wound.
Conway has been a part of AMC from its humble beginnings and thinks it is the most wonderful organization and commuunity that there can be.   More Blessings!
If you want to know more about her work as a somatic psychotherapist, you can visit her website www.conwayweary.com
Mikaya Swabb Event Facilitator

Mikaya Swabb

Facilitator

Mikaya started playing for AMC in 2019 as a Guest DJ and is now a Facilitator.  He brings a wide range of experience as an ecstatic dance DJ and facilitator with years of experience creating journeys that cover a broad spectrum of musical genres including downtempo, house, bass music, glitch hop, world beats, classical and ambient.  He also was the founder and resident dj for Dance Church Maui for 8 years and has deejayed at various festivals, yoga retreats and yoga classes.

You can listen to his deejay mixes at SoundCloud.com/mikayaswabb

 

 

 

Taishon Faciliator Apprentice

Taishan Stone

Facilitator Apprentice

Taishan Stone L.Ac MsAOM practices and teaches classical Chinese Medicine, Qigong, and other traditional wisdom sciences.  He has taught at numerous west coast festivals in addition to his private practice and classes in Maui.  Taishan has also produced and performed at many conscious dance events as both DJ and event facilitator. He’s shared the stage with Clozee, Charlesthefirst, Soohan, KMLN, Partywave, Bumble, and many others.

Taishan is a devoted disciple of the beat. The beat of the heart, the beat of the drum, and the incessant beat of life that connects us all.  For him, music and medicine are inextricably intertwined and his sets reflect his love of both healing ancestral sounds and deep bass beats.  As a long-time contributor to Dance Church Maui and other conscious dance events, Taishan has cultivated a unique, heavy but elevating, sound.

CJ O’Reilly

CJ O’Reilly

Facilitator

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. His other dance projects include The Dance Conspiracy, CI Groundswell, and the Dancehaven Dances at Earthaven.

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, Events Coordinator 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.”

Michael Hurd

Michael Hurd

Auxiliary Facilitator

Michael Hurd started dancing at raves in the New York city in the 90’s (the 1890’s). He’s been doing contact Improv for 20 years, facilitating and DJ’ing ecstatic dance waves for 8 years, and he still hasn’t done any of it right (or wrong). Along the way, he did 8 years of residential Zen training, 4 months residential yoga training, got a Masters in Counseling and became an SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner). He’s been practicing therapy for 5 years and has been a licensed General Contractor for 10 years. Despite having first encountered NVC (Non-Violent Communication) two decades ago he still manages to put his foot in his mouth on a regular basis. If you picture him with horns he kinda looks like Pan.

Suzanne Lowe

Suzanne Lowe

Auxiliary Facilitator

Suzanne is a long time AMC dancer and who’s recently back on the scene!

Coordinators

Marta Martin

Marta Martin

Facilitator, Events Coordinator 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.

Board Circle Members

Solon Smith

Board Member

Randy Johnson

Board Member
Conway Dance Facilitator

Conway Weary

Auxillary Facilitator & Board Member
Conway remembers the moment – when her first grade teacher, Mrs. Dean, lined up the girls, put Tchaikovsky on the record player and said “Pretend you’re a flower”.  That ecstatic meeting of music, self and creativity was a life gift.  Thanks Mrs. Dean!  The Dancer Path is to play with the world with wonder, spontaneity, passion and joy.  It’s a path that helps the inside meet the outside, the body meet the spirit and the healer meet the wound.
Conway has been a part of AMC from its humble beginnings and thinks it is the most wonderful organization and commuunity that there can be.   More Blessings!
If you want to know more about her work as a somatic psychotherapist, you can visit her website www.conwayweary.com

Tikva Wolf

Board Member

Tikva Wolf is a freelance author and illustrator focusing on the topics of healthy communication and relationship dynamics. Their work is used as an aid by therapists and educators, has been translated to several different languages, and is a part of the Kinsey Institute’s archive collection as well as the Ivy Plus Libraries Global Webcomics Archive. For more: TikvaWolf.com

David Wright

David Wright

Board Member

David first heard of the “Dancing Church” (a name sometimes use for AMC’s Sunday morning dances) from a waitress while having Sunday brunch in West Asheville.  It took several years before he first appeared on the dance floor but it only took that one time and he was hooked.  Dancing became a meditative, aerobic and movement/music experience for him and over time he learned to develop his own dance.  David holds that the AMC experience isn’t about the steps, the look or style but rather the opportunity for each dancer to develop his/her own personal dance, and over time this dance continues to evolve, much like the discipline of a meditative practice.

Marta Martin

Marta Martin

Facilitator, Events Coordinator 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.