Arts Sensation Dance Event in Wilmington 2016


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A Benefit Performance for Cape Fear River Watch

7:30 p.m. April 29, 2016
Thalian Hall Main Stage
310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Tickets are $15 general admission through the Thalian Hall Box Office at 910.632.2285 or online at

Erin Whittle Photography

Erin Whittle Photography

The 15th Annual Arts Sensation is cruising in for a lively and entertaining evening showcasing local talent for a music and dance spectacular to benefit Cape Fear River Watch. Featured musical performers The Midatlantic offer a unique blend of progressive folk, Americana, and bluegrass with a hint of rock and jazz. A distinctive musical sound comes alive with performances by “Trashcan Therapy”, 7th and 8th grade students from Roland-Grise Middle School directed by Pete Frank. The captivating Company “T” Tap Dancers will perform piece to music by Better Miller and The Andrews Sisters, along with a variety of dance from local choreographers and dancers from The Dance Cooperative, The Dance Element, the Wilmington School of Ballet, and Forward Motion Dance Company. Local choreographers are Tracey Varga, Anne Firmender, Linda Ann Webb, Kaitlyn Davis, and Jennifer Gage and students from the local dance schools will perform a lyrical piece choreographed on their own entitled “Heart Cry”. Kelly Hawes, as Samra, will present a new performance to original music composed and performed by Perry Smith. Classical ballet from Yury Grigorovich, staged by Ashley Barnes, and Marius Petipa, as honored by Stella Johnson, will bring a romantic touch to the show.

Setting sail with a crew of five, The Midatlantic plays a unique and refreshing brand of modern folk rock that excites audiences, leaving them wanting more. With a montage of acoustic instruments, this dynamic band delivers a wide range of melodic harmonies through songs that are sincere to love, emotions and life experiences. The Midatlantic began on the Cape Fear Coast in 2013, and blew through an ambitious year in 2015 with a push to spread their sounds far and wide. The Midatlantic released their first full-length album “Sound Over Water” in November. Find out more about this eclectic and crowd-pleasing band at

Cape Fear River Watch was founded in 1993 by a group of local citizens dedicated to improving and preserving the health, beauty, cleanliness, and heritage of the Lower Cape Fear River basin. This non-profit group holds monthly environmental seminars, offers water-quality education programs to schools, civic groups, developers, homeowner associations and others, and provides storm water management training for local government staff. Cape Fear River Watch encourages community participation and provides Eco-Tours and Bird Watching Tours. Through education, advocacy, and action, Cape Fear River Watch aims to protect and improve the water quality of our region’s rivers, streams, and tributaries. Learn more about Cape Fear River Watch at

Expect an inspired and exciting evening of music and dance that is sure to bring you lasting memories of the wonderful talent in our community.


  1. Hi FMD! When will you start selling tickets to your wonderful performances via your website? That would make it easier to support you. 🙂

    1. Author

      For Arts Sensation, the tickets are controlled by Thalian Hall, and so we have to send you there for Sales.
      Where we can for other events, we’ll certainly be posting tickets on our site.
      Thank you so much for supporting FMD!
      Han Hills
      FMD Web Guy

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