• Forward Motion Dance Company, Inc., is a Wilmington, NC, based non-profit 501(c)(3) dance organization whose mission is 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.

    Forward Motion Dance Company has a vision to find innovative ways to bring dance to the community, and cultivate an understanding and love of this art form. The company was founded by dancer and choreographer Tracey Varga in 2001 and incorporated in 2004, although Tracey has been dancing and choreographing in Wilmington since relocating from Seattle in 1996. Forward Motion Dance sponsors and co-sponsors public arts performances such as “Arts Sensation”, and offers education for schools and community organizations including the Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, Wilmington School of Ballet, DREAMS of Wilmington, The Dance Element, The Dance Cooperative, and the YWCA Lower Cape Fear.

  • Forward Motion Dance Company is a volunteer organization, and wishes to thank all those who donate their valuable time for rehearsal, performance, production, and fundraising efforts. The Board of Directors is Mary Scott Bethune, Jesse Davis, Barbara Downing, Diane Evers, Han Hills, Jon Tait, Robert Thomas, Jr., CPA, Becky Spivey, Susan Turner, and Company Choreographer and Director Tracey L. Varga.  Company Dancers are Ashley Barnes, Nicole Dalier, James DeVita, Bonnie Dixon, and Becky Spivey. If you are interested in volunteering, sponsorship, or an opportunity to become a board member, please speak to any member of the company or board.

    Forward Motion Dance Company is honored to be a recipient of grants over the years from the Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County, the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County and the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Landfall Foundation to sponsor annual performances showcasing the talents of Choreographer Tracey Varga and many wonderful local dancers, musicians, and visual artists.

Events

2014

February 7 & 9

North Carolina Dance Festival, Community Arts Center, Performance

February 13

Forward Motion Dance Benefit & Wine Tasting, Ted’s Fun on the River

March 15

13th Annual Arts Sensation at Thalian Hall, A Benefit for Kids Making It

August 28

Cameron Art Museum, Performance

September 12-13

Cape Fear Arts in Motion, Thalian Hall, Forward Motion Dance Company Annual Performance

2015

February 5

Forward Motion Dance Benefit & Wine Tasting, Ted’s Fun on the River

April 16

14th Annual Arts Sensation at Thalian Hall, A Benefit for Lower Cape Fear Hospice

August 13

Cameron Art Museum, Performance

September 17-18

Cape Fear Arts in Motion, Thalian Hall, Forward Motion Dance Company Annual Performance

2016

February 4

Forward Motion Dance Benefit & Wine Tasting, Ted’s Fun on the River

April 15 & 16

Wilmington Dance Festival, Community Arts Center, Performance

April 29

15th Annual Arts Sensation at Thalian Hall, A Benefit for Cape Fear River Watch

August 25

Cameron Art Museum, Performance

September 16-17

Cape Fear Arts in Motion, Thalian Hall, Forward Motion Dance Company Annual Performance

2017

February 19

Forward Motion Dance Benefit & Wine Tasting, Ted’s Fun on the River

March 19

Dance Audition for Arts Sensation, 4:30 at the Wilmington School of Ballet

May 6

16th Annual Arts Sensation at Thalian Hall, A Benefit for Cape Fear River Watch

July16  

Lumina Festival, Performance

August 6

Sunset Cocktail Dance Party, Fundraiser, The Penthouse

August 17

Cameron Art Museum, Performance

September 15 & 16

Cape Fear Arts in Motion, Thalian Hall, Forward Motion Dance Company Annual Performance