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Dance Audition! Sunday May 15, 2016

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Dance Audition for the 2016 Annual Performance of Forward Motion Dance Company

Modern, contemporary, jazz, and classical dancers to participate in a dance performance in collaboration with live musical performers at Thalian Hall Main Stage.

Performances on Thursday September 16 and Friday September 17, 7:30PM

1:00PM for teen dancers (ages 12-18)

2:00PM for adult guest, company dancers

*Please come prepared to move.

Any questions please call 910-793-6675

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15th Annual ARTS SENSATION!

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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 www.thalianhall.org/events

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 www.themidatlanticband.com.

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.

Grant Recognition

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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.

http://artscouncilofwilmington.org/

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.

http://landfallfoundation.org/index.html

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.