Stories from Splashdance

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Volunteering: Robert and Beth Reichert

When we moved to Asheville, we learned about SplashDance, Asheville's all volunteer dance weekend. An "all volunteer" dance weekend was a first for us, after spending the previous 26 years in New England. Beth and I ran the Hartford, Connecticut, contra dance for eight years, and our dance had just two dance evenings each year where the band and the caller volunteered, but never a whole dance weekend where everyone volunteered. We have been to almost every dance weekend in New England, but to my knowledge, none was all volunteer all the time -- SplashDance is unique.

Because Splashdance was "all volunteer" the price was lower than any other dance weekend, but the catch was that everyone had to volunteer to help with some job during the weekend. We liked the low price, but frankly, we did not want to spend our weekend time doing a job, which typically means working 1 to 3 hours. But we complied with the requirement, and volunteered for "set-up," before SplashDance officially began on Friday evening. And we are very glad we did. Working to make SplashDance happen made us feel connected to the dance community.

The volunteer experience was simple enough and well-directed by knowledgeable people, and we enjoyed meeting many of those in the Asheville dance community while we worked. Because we helped make SplashDance happen, the weekend was a special treat for us in many ways.

Yes, volunteering to do a job will take a little time, but it will be worth it, and it will be a fun part of the weekend experience.

Well-mannered young dancers: Nancy MacDonald

The kids here, the teens and twenty-somethings, have such good manners! Good eye-contact, they give weight, they dance with everybody - it’s so refreshing.

Lovely camp: Kerry Wilson

Best moment: Walking to one of the wonderful waltz sessions, looking out at the lake. So beautiful, so peaceful, so perfect.

Decisions, decisions: AnneMarie Walter

It's hard to decide what I liked best...

  • Yoga under the trees
  • The English Country dance session
  • or playing with the band for the FIRST TIME EVER!

Medical brace: J Benton Reid there I am, only tapping my toes and wishing I could dance, no matter how awkwardly with the silly boot. But that's kinda dangerous for myself and others; the darn thing is unwieldy and sometimes has a mind to make me stumble. I wouldn't miss SplashDance--- all the wonderful people that come, old friends and new. . . .

So the Goodest Part? When someone sat next to me in the dance hall, and asked "Can I sit this one out with you?" And we chatted. It was good to still be included.

Moments: Bob and Patty Tatum

Sitting at the picnic table after Saturday dinner near the dining room and jamming with our friends Steve & Mary while various folks stopped by to listen.

OK, one more...Grabbing random friends and making them put on funny props and pose in the photo booth with us.

Welcome: Eileen Raney

I loved everything about your splashdance!!!! It was my first and I have only been doing Contra dancing for a few months.

I was overwhelmed by the number of people dancing on the first night and I mainly watched, to make sure I could do what they were doing!!!

I came by myself and everyone was friendly and made me feel welcome. I left with new friends.

Old friend: Jennifer Baarson

I loved being able to reconnect with my friend from DC. It was wonderful seeing her excitement at visiting the camp she use to go to as a child. I also loved getting to know the wonderful members of your beautiful community.

Kids' Parade: Judith Muse

I was getting ready to go to the evening dance, and a parade of children and adults came by my cabin twice! They were delightfully dressed-up, playing and singing If you're happy and you know it. I was so touched that I went out on my landing and cheered and sang along. When i arrived at the dance, I realized that they were going to join in with the first few dances - wonderful!!!