Behind the Scenes with Lauren Woodard of Bloom Counseling & Consulting

Sarahasheville, market

This past week was a huge one for Lauren ddard. Not only did she celebrate her one year anniversary of rocking her #girlboss status, but she placed on Mountain Express’ Best of WNC! Lauren is the Owner/Founder at Lauren Woodard, LCSW: Bloom Counseling and Consulting. She opened up her practice full time in March of this year to help adults and youth in our community deal with life changes. I was curious to learn more about Lauren’s path to entrepreneurship and am excited to share a bit of her story through this interview below. Her generous spirit has inspired her to go … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Jill Schwarzkopf of Sleep Tight Kids

Sarahasheville, dwell, market

In one of my Junior League of Asheville (JLA) meetings, I learned that Asheville has more non-profits per capita than any other city. Unfortunately, in this small North Carolina mountain town, we have a lot of needs that aren’t being met, but thankfully, non-profits are stepping in to support our community! I’ve learned a ton about non-profits through JLA, but through my connections at work, I learned about a wonderful nonprofit: Sleep Tight Kids (STK). Jill Schwarzkopf felt called to do more in 2009 when she was teaching in Western North Carolina. Realizing her family was blessed to have so much; she wanted to find a way … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Meg Ragland of Plum Print

Sarahasheville, market

I’m excited to start a new series on my blog focused on getting to know inspiring professionals in Asheville, NC and beyond. When brainstorming who I wanted to interview for this series, I immediately thought of Meg Ragland, who, along with her cousin Carolyn Lanzetta, started a growing company that successfully raised a million dollars from venture capitalists and angel investors in January of this year! Meg Ragland and Carolyn Lanzetta are co-founders of Plum Print, with headquarters and production studios based at the Small Business Incubator at A-B Tech in Asheville. Plum Print digitizes art, including photos and schoolwork, and organizes the … Read More

Insights from Choreographer Robert J. Priore


Robert Priore, Dancer and Choreographer

I first saw Robert Priore dance with CityDance in February of 2011. He is a phenomenal dancer, now dancing with Company E and working as CityDance Conservatory’s Choreographer-in-Residence.   Robert began choreographing at Point Park University, where he received a BFA in Jazz Dance. He joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2 after college under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock. He was commissioned to set two full-length original works for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2010-2011 season. Robert continues to explore his talent for choreography as part of CityDance’s faculty by creating colorful, eclectic works like “Carnaval” and “Trees”. Rob’s work will appear … Read More

Dancer Spotlight: Kate Folsom


I danced with Kate in college at James Madison University and we performed together in the Virginia Repertory Dance Company. She graduated in 2011 and has already immersed herself within the D.C. dance community. Over the summer, Kate was temporarily serving as the Interim Executive Administrator and this month is starting as Programs Associate at Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. With Dance/USA you helped plan the 2012 Annual Conference in San Francisco. What were the top lessons you learned in planning an arts conference?  April Gruber, Director of Programs, and myself inherited a lot of work initiated by other people. … Read More

Insights from Choreographer Christopher K. Morgan


Typically when we go to dance shows, we watch the dances and make up our own ideas about the work to figure out what it means to us. There isn’t a whole lot of understanding about how the piece came to be or what it was inspired by as we sit in the theater. In my experience, having the opportunity to talk to the choreographer or dancers can be eye opening, as you may not have looked at the work from their perspective. While beneficial, it’s not often that you have the chance to hear the choreographers’ perspective about what … Read More