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The 18thAnnual ARTS SENSATION!

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A Benefit Performance for Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc.

7:30 p.m. April 26, 2019

Thalian Hall Main Stage

310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

The 18th Annual Arts Sensation is building up to a lively and entertaining evening showcasing wonderful local talent for a music and dance spectacular! This year’s beneficiary Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) has a mission to repair, rebuild and make homes accessible; and to inspire service, generosity, and hope. WARM serves low-income homeowners in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties, many of whom are elderly and/or disabled. By preventing home accidents and illnesses, WARM helps people age in place safely, preserving their dignity and independence, and recently has increased their impact by helping Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

Arts Sensation showcases the unique and historic Thunder Roll and Rain Machine. These special effects, built right into the Thalian Hall stage, were thrilling in their time, and are used in performances to this day. Music this year is Stray Local, Wilmington’s indie folk duo Hannah Lomas and Jamie Rowen. With a unique and electrifying sound, and hints of their southern roots, Lomas and Rowen push the boundaries of the genre and pave the way for a new indie folk sound. Stray Local have performed their unique sound across the east coast and on two international tours including performances in France, Germany, and across the United Kingdom.

Arts Sensation also brings a variety of dance creations from the genres of tap, classical ballet, jazz, modern, folk dance, and street dance/hip-hop, presented by local choreographers and dancers, including Linda Ann Webb, Cedric Kopa, Qaadir Hicks, Tracey Varga, Nancy Carson, a performance by students from Snipes Academy, choreographed by Jeneen Cleare Floyd and a duet by DREAMS students choreographed by Kevin Lee-Y Green. Film by filmmaker Patrick Ogelvie will be shown in collaboration with choreographers and dancers. And with their fine style, the captivating Company “T” Tap Dancers return to wow audiences with a vintage flair.

 

Tickets are $20 general admission through the Thalian Hall Box Office at 910.632.2285 or online at www.thalianhall.org/events.

ARTS SENSATION! is presented by Forward Motion Dance Company. For more information, please visit us on Facebook or at www.forwardmotiondance.org

Sunset Cocktail Party at The Penthouse

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We know you all look forward to our annual fundraising event in February, which is just what we need to put a little fun into the cold days we’ve endured. With the recent closing of Ted’s, our usual site, we had to come up with a new venue…but wait! Our summertime event at The Penthouse has always brought a lively crowd, and we decided that we didn’t have to wait until summer to meet at that location!

Come on up to the Penthouse then, and enjoy a fabulous sunset and the best views of downtown Wilmington with a Special Cocktail and your Friends from Forward Motion Dance Company!

We are hosting this event on Sunday, February 24 from 5 to 8 pm.

Tickets are $25 per person, and includes 1 special cocktail, or a glass of wine or beer. Tickets can be purchased from any board member of Forward Motion Dance Company, or email dance@forwardmotiondance.org to reserve your tickets today.

All of us at Forward Motion Dance Company offer many thanks to Julia and Kelly Jewell of Ted’s Fun on the River for their support of Forward Motion Dance Company for our past fun and fabulous fundraisers!

Proceeds of this benefit go to Forward Motion Dance Company in support of our 2019 performances at Thalian Hall Main Stage.

Cape Fear Arts in Motion:  Eclectic Collection

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Presented by: Forward Motion Dance Company

Forward Motion Dance Company celebrates dance with Thalian Hall’s 160th anniversary as an historic venue for theatre and dance since 1858. 

Hurricane Florence was an unwelcome guest, and among the disrupted lives, trees, and events was our performance, scheduled for the very weekend she hovered over our community. Fortunately, we are able to announce our event is rescheduled, for one night only, October 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm. 

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Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Eclectic Collection connects dancers, choreographers, musical and visual artists and more to bring the art form of dance together for a varied and collaborative dance event from Forward Motion Dance Company. This annual performance showcases the talents of Choreographer Tracey Varga with new dance works presented along with re-creations of works from the past. Returning pieces are “Wounded Restoration” which premiered at the NC Dance Festival in 2013 and is set to music based on “Sposa son disprezzata” from the opera Bejazetby Antonio Vivaldi. Also returning is “Jasiri” (“Brave and Bold”) which is a celebration of dance music from all corners of the globe, and set design with sculptures created by Doug Campbell. “Scramble to Calm” premiered in 2018 at the Wilmington Dance Festival.

Premiere works include a dance set to music composed by local musician Barbara Gallagher and features piano with orchestral arrangements. Teen dancers hail from Wilmington School of Ballet, The Dance Element, The Dance Cooperative, South East Dance Academy and DREAMS, and this year they will dance to a live original techno composition by Wilmington musician Meredith Ferreri. A fun and funky piece featuring the Modern-Jazz Dance class from The Dance Element and FMD Company members will feature music edits and a film by Patrick Ogelvie.

Featured guest choreographer Judy Greenhut revives “Steam Heat”, a dance number from the original Broadway production of The Pajama Game using the show’s original choreography. Judy has had a long career in dancing, teaching, directing, and choreography for Broadway and television productions in New York before coming to Wilmington where she continued teaching dance, and directed and choreographed many shows for the Thalian Hall stage including Cabaret,Fiddler on The Roof, Spamalot, Annieand this year’s Sweet Charity.

Forward Motion Dance Company dancers performing are Ashley Barnes, Becky Spivey, Susan Turner, and McCall White, and guest dancers include Asa Berger, Anna Bettendorf, Heather Boudreaux, Jenn Guerra, Karla Nobles, Linda Ann Webb, Elizabeth White, Ashley Yates, and Amanda Young, along with the teen dancers, and adult dancers from the Modern-Jazz class at The Dance Element. Expect an inspired and exciting evening of music, film, visual arts, and modern, contemporary and jazz dance from Forward Motion Dance Company.

Thalian Hall is located in historic downtown Wilmington at 310 Chestnut Street. Tickets are $20.00 general admission; $17.50 for seniors, students, military, children under 12, and NCDA members. Please contact the  Thalian Hall Box Office online or call 910.632.2285 for ticket reservations. Thalian Hall’s history with dance began even before the official opening of the theatre, as told in this excerpt from the Thalian Hall archives:

Thalian Hall 1858-2018 One Hundred and Sixty Years of Dance Performances

1858 April 3 – The Wilmington Daily Journal reported:  “we see that preparations are making at “Thalian Hall” as the Theatre portion of the new Town Hall Building is styled, for the annual exhibition of the pupils of Mr. Frensely’s Dancing School.”

1858 April 6, The Wilmington Daily Journal reported “The exhibition of the scholars of Mr. Frensley’s dancing school took place last night at the Theatre, which was fitted up as well as the circumstances would admit”

This performance took place some 5 months before the official opening on October 12, 1858.  About the opening night performance of “The Honey Moon”  particularly reference was made to the dance performance of Miss Raymond who was the wife of G. F.  Marchant whose theatrical company from Charleston opened the theatre and remained in residence until the end of November 1858.

 

Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Eclectic Collection is supported through a generous grant from the Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County. We are proud to be a recipient of this grant that supports the arts, as well as many other programs  in our community. For more information on the Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County, please click here!

Be a Part of Cape Fear Arts in Motion!

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Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Eclectic Collection is the annual showcase for Forward Motion Dance Company and choreographer Tracey Varga, and also features many other genres of local talent, all brought to the Thalian Hall Main Stage for an exciting performance in September. As a non-profit organization, Forward Motion Dance Company is grateful for our dedicated sponsors, many of whom have supported us through the years.

We are always looking for ways to provide funding for the costs associated with putting on a large production on the historical Thalian Hall stage. Sponsorships and program ad sales are one of the many ways we can. Program ads can go for as little as $50 and provides an opportunity to recognize your business as well as identify you as supporter of the Arts.

Click on this link for an ad form  or here for a sponsor form that you can save or print. Ad sizes and prices are listed on the form and you can follow the instructions to reserve your place in our production.

Thank you!

Sunset Cocktail Party at The Penthouse

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Last year’s Sunset Cocktail Party Fundraiser at the Penthouse was such a success, we had to do it again! Plan to join us on Sunday, August 12 from 6  to 9 pm and revisit the fun you had last year while making new memories of a beautiful downtown Wilmington sunset.

While enjoying this amazing  view, sip on a Special Cocktail designed just for this event, which is a benefit to support our upcoming show, Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Eclectic Collection.

The night will also feature light appetizers and special cocktails for $9. This exciting and beautiful event space in downtown Wilmington is a lovely intimate gathering place and offers a beautiful view of the sunset over the Cape Fear River. This year, as was last year, the evening is sure to be one to remember!

The Penthouse is located on the corner of Front and Market Street, 2 North Front, Suite 9. Tickets are $25 and space is limited so be sure to contact a member of Forward Motion Dance Company to get yours today, or email dance@forwardmotiondance.org.

Be a Part of Cape Fear Arts in Motion!

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Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Eclectic Collection is the annual showcase for Forward Motion Dance Company and choreographer Tracey Varga, and also features many other genres of local talent, all brought to the Thalian Hall Main Stage for an exciting performance in September. As a non-profit organization, Forward Motion Dance Company is grateful for our dedicated sponsors, many of whom have supported us through the years.

We are always looking for ways to provide funding for the costs associated with putting on a large production on the historical Thalian Hall stage. Sponsorships and program ad sales are one of the many ways we can. Program ads can go for as little as $50 and provides an opportunity to recognize your business as well as identify you as supporter of the Arts.

Click on this link for an ad form  or here for a sponsor form that you can save or print. Ad sizes and prices are listed on the form and you can follow the instructions to reserve your place in our production.

Thank you!

Cape Fear River Watch Receives Donation from Forward Motion Dance Company

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In June, Susan Turner of Forward Motion Dance Company, presented a check for $1500 to Frank Yelverton to benefit the Cape Fear River Watch. Proceeds from the Arts Sensation performance at Thalian Hall on April 29 helped to make it possible to make this donation. This year’s Arts Sensation was a sensation, with a good time had by all and smiles all around as the audience enjoyed a truly entertaining and varied show.

Cape Fear River Watch has been the benefactor from Arts Sensation for 3 years now and Forward Motion Dance Company is thrilled to be able to provide our community with quality dance and musical performances, as well as offer support for the wonderful non-profit organizations that provide benefits in the Wilmington area.

The 17th Annual ARTS SENSATION! A Benefit Performance for Cape Fear River Watch

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The 17th Annual ARTS SENSATION!

A Benefit Performance for

Cape Fear River Watch

7:30 p.m. April 28, 2018

Thalian Hall Main Stage

310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

 

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The 17th 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, with a special presentation of Thalian Hall’s Thunder Roll. The music for this year’s show is from The Wilmington Big Band, and dance performances from local choreographers and dancers, including the captivating Company “T” Tap Dancers, who wow audiences every year with a vintage flair of tap dancing, and Kelly Hawes (Samra), who has been performing the art of belly dance in the Cape Fear region since 2001, with a joyful and entertaining style for all ages. Presenting original works are Tracey Varga from Forward Motion Dance Company and students from Dreams of Wilmington.

A long-time favorite in the Cape Fear region, The Wilmington Big Band boasts superior talent with the area’s top musicians and vocalists and the perfect combination of sophistication, good times and timeless memories. Led by Jim and Laura McFayden, The Wilmington Big Band is a 17-piece orchestra dedicated to preserve the American original art of big band music.  Reminiscent of Wrightsville Beach’s own Lumina Ballroom where true showmen like Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey entertained audiences, the Wilmington Big Band combines a mixture of timeless standards and hip pop tunes that will keep you dancing all night long.

 

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 www.capefearriverwatch.org.

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.

Tickets are $20 general admission through the Thalian Hall Box Office at 910.632.2285 or online at www.thalianhall.org/events.

 ARTS SENSATION! is presented by Forward Motion Dance Company. For more information, please visit us on Facebook or at www.forwardmotiondance.org.

Wilmington Dance Festival 2018

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The Dance Cooperative is hosting the Wilmington Dance Festival again at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNCW. A performance from Forward Motion Dance Company will be presented on both nights. As a continuation of the North Carolina Dance Festival, the Wilmington Dance Festival is an annual two-day celebration of dance produced by the The Dance Cooperative. “WDF” celebrates the work of local choreographers across many genres of dance. The festival also features guest artists and touring companies.

 

April 6 & 7
7:30 pm
UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium
Tickets $20-30 / $5 for UNCW students

For tickets, call 910.962.3500

Tracey Varga Recognized at the 2018 Arts in Wilmington Awards Event

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Tracey Varga, director of Forward Motion Dance Company, received an award in the 2018 Arts in Wilmington Award event held at Expo 216 in Wilmington on January 20, 2018. Tracey was recognized for her contribution to the Arts in Wilmington in the Individual category, and in receiving the award, she in turn recognized the importance of building relationships, collaboration and the wonderful support of so many in the Wilmington area who help bring dance, music and visual art together. Tracey is a choreographer and visionary who has been involved in Wilmington’s dance community for 20 years and has produced many dance performances, such as Arts Sensation and Cape Fear Arts in Motion, with Forward Motion Dance Company since 2001.

Tracey Varga receives award in the Individual category at the 2018 Arts in Wilmington Awards event at Expo 216

Forward Motion Dance Company dancer Ashely Barnes, owner of the Dance Element and director of Element Productions in Wilmington, was also recognized with an award in the Artist category. Forward Motion Dance Company is proud of its representation at this year’s event and would like to thank Craig Stinson and all those involved in Arts in Wilmington by creating an avenue to connects artists, arts professionals, and arts advocates.