Forward Motion Dance Company is extremely grateful to be a recipient of two grants in 2014 that helped us to produce an exciting new show, Cape Fear Arts in Motion, at Thalian Hall in September of 2014.
The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County recognized grant recipients November 1 at the Arty Party event, and Forward Motion Dance Company received $3000 to produce Cape Fear Arts in Motion. The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County distributed $50,000 in grants through the Grassroots Arts Program from the North Carolina Arts Council, benefitting 15 local arts organizations that provide diverse arts experiences.
The Landfall Foundation presented the $1500.00 award to Tracey Varga, director and choreographer for Forward Motion Dance Company, and board member Diane Evers at their awards event on November 6. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1995, this year saw the largest amount ever given, with $310,000 distributed to 72 Wilmington-area non-profit organizations.
Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Quartets, Pirouettes, and Silhouettes, Forward Motion Dance Company’s annual show showcasing the talents of Choreographer Tracey Varga, was a collaborative arts event, with guest musicians including the North Carolina Guitar Quartet and cellist Jude Eden performing live with the dancers, original costume designs by Rachel Goolsby, lighted costume design by Lee Wainwright and Miko Green, stunning set design by local artist Kristin Gibson, original music by Joe Cordaro, and a dance set to a film by Patrick Ogelvie and music by William Paco Strickland and the Fabulous Flying Flamenco Brothers.
Forward Motion Dance Company brings together the talents of many in the collaboration, including its company dancers and guests, as well as teen dance students from DREAMS of Wilmington, The Dance Cooperative, The Dance Element, and The Wilmington School of Ballet.
With this performance, Forward Motion Dance Company honors its mission to provide local and regional communities with quality modern contemporary dance and education in the art of dance, as well as enhance the local arts community by providing performance opportunities for area dancers and performance artists. We have a vision to find innovative ways to bring dance to the community.