In loving memory of Jennifer Vahamikos

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Forward Motion Dance and the Wilmington dance community mourn the tragic and unexpected loss of company dancer Jenn Vahamikos on January 18, 2024. Jenn was a shining light who brought her special talents, care and dedication to every dance creation. Jenn will be forever in our hearts and missed by all who knew her. We are devastated by our loss, yet know her spirit lives on with us dancing, shining, laughing, and smiling.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Cameron Art Museum on Sunday February 11, 2024 at 2:00 pm.

Our hearts go out to Jenn’s family and friends. More on her life can be found here.
Jennifer Vahamikos
June 4, 1977 – January 18, 2024
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Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Film, Fire and Fusion

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We have a new date!! 

November 7, 2023, at 7:30 pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage

310 Chestnut Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

Tickets are $25 general admission; $22 for seniors, students, military, & children under 12, plus taxes and fees. Please contact the Thalian Hall Box Office at 910.632.2285 or online for ticket reservations.

Forward Motion Dance Company generates an electrifying dance event with their annual performance, Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Film, Fire and Fusion. This performance connects dancers, choreographers, musical and visual artists, and more to bring the art form of modern, contemporary and jazz dance to the beautiful and historic Thalian Hall main stage for a varied and collaborative event that showcases the talents of Choreographer Tracey Varga. Presented are new dance performances along with re-creations of works from the past, with a film by Patrick Ogelvie, vivid stage design by local set designer Randy Davis, live music composed by pianist Barbara Gallagher and performed with flutists Mary Gheen and Deborah Phillips, and an exciting jazz-funk piece by local guest choreographer Qaadir Hicks.

Premiering on the stage are several new works featuring Forward Motion Dance Company dancers and guest performers. Set to music by Vivaldi and Queen and performed by Croatian cellist duo 2CELLOS, nine dancers perform “Show Must Go On” with an opening duet by guest dancers Stephanie Nadeau and Wells Jackson.

In its exciting premiere, three dancers share the stage with eight-foot screens created by local set designer Randy Davis, where movement is explored with silhouettes and shadows and set to music by Andrew Bird from his 2017 album “Echolocations – River”, recorded under the Hyperion Bridge in Las Angeles.

A duet by guest artists Katie Crosby and Linda Ann Webb is danced to live music by pianist and composer Barbara Gallagher with flutists Mary Gheen and Deborah Phillips. “Festival in the Park” was originally written in 2008 for the Duke String School at Duke University and is revised for this Forward Motion Dance performance with an upbeat and playful back-and-forth feel.

New dance and film set to music by Peter Gabriel features six teen dancers from local studios DREAMS, The Dance Element, and the Southeast Dance Academy. The film is created by Patrick Ogelvie with assistant Kate Spivey.

Forward Motion Dance Company is delighted to present local guest choreographer Qaadir Hicks who has set his exciting jazz-funk piece with Forward Motion Dance company dancers Kara Abbott, Savannah Brooks, Nicole Dalier and Jenn Vahamikos.

With a progression of music and dance, “Fusion 2” returns from Arts In Motion 2022 with its high energy and music composed and performed by Joe Cordaro. Also returning is “Resolve” which premiered in 2014 also featuring original music and vocals by Joe Cordaro. Dancers explore friendships with music and poetry in “Friends Revisited” which premiered in Arts in Motion in 2022, and was featured in Dance-a-lorus (part of the Cucalorus film festival) with a film by Patrick Ogelvie. Set to music composed by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds with lyrics from a poem by American author Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), the poem is about remembering childhood friends in dreams and is read by Rhonda Bellamy of the Wilmington and New Hanover County Arts Council.

Forward Motion Dance Company dancers are Kara Abbott, Ashley Barnes, Savannah Brooks, Nicole Dalier, Becky Spivey, Susan Turner, and Jenn Vahamikos. Guest dancers are Amanda Brown, Katie Crosby, Wells Jackson, Cassandra McAlister, Stephanie Nadeau, Anna Reign Parker, Trilby Shier, Stephanie Stone and Linda Ann Webb. Teen dancers are Nevaeh Allen, Alexus Harris, Malonie Jean-Julien, Sa’Mya Jones, Kate Spivey and Kai Williamson.

In a show not to be missed, come be astounded by an inspired evening of music, film, and modern, contemporary and jazz dance that Cape Fear Arts in Motion brings to the beautiful and historic Thalian Hall main stage.

Forward Motion Dance Company with founder, director and choreographer Tracey Varga 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. FMD is an all-volunteer organization proudly supported by local, state and national grants, and community sponsors. For more information please visit our Facebook page or www.forwardmotiondance.org.

DANCE AUDITION For the 2023 annual performance of Forward Motion Dance Company

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DANCE AUDITION

For the 2023 annual performance of Cape Fear Arts in Motion, from Forward Motion Dance Company

Modern, contemporary, jazz and classical dancers to participate in dance performances at Thalian Hall Main Stage

Performances on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, 7:30 pm

Audition is Saturday April 29, 2023

2:00 pm for teen dancers (ages 12-18)

The Dance Element of Wilmington LLC

7211 Ogden Business Lane, Suite 205

Wilmington, NC 2841

Please come prepared to move.

Any questions please call 910-232-8151 or visit www.forwardmotiondance.org

Forward Motion Dance Company is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, volunteer organization. We wish to thank all who give their valuable time, efforts and funding so we may continue to bring quality performances to the Wilmington community. Please visit us at www.forwardmotiondance.org.

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The 19th Annual ARTS SENSATION!

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A Show you don’t want to miss!

The 19th Annual ARTS SENSATION!

A Benefit Performance for The Good Shepherd Center

7:30 p.m. April 21, 2023

Thalian Hall Main Stage

310 Chestnut Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

Tickets are $25 general admission. Please contact the Thalian Hall Box Office online or at 910.632.2285 for ticket reservations.

The 19th Annual Arts Sensation returns to the Thalian Hall Main Stage to showcase lively and entertaining local talent for a music and dance spectacular! This year’s beneficiary is the Good Shepherd Center, whose mission is to be a safety net for our neighbors in crisis by providing hot and nutritious meals, case management support, showers and restrooms, clean clothing, warm beds, an onsite medical clinic and a pathway to safe and affordable housing…all with dignity and respect.

Eduardo de Rosamaria’s Tablao Flamenco will transport you to the Andaluz region of Spain for an authentic Flamenco experience. Featuring flamenco dancer Chillona, singer Bella G. and guitarist Eduardo de Rosamaria, this amazing ensemble will perform traditional flamenco dances such as Sevillanas, Guajiras, Alegrias, Malaguenas, and Rumbas. Feel the passion and energy of a night out in Spain, right here in Wilmington!

Arts Sensation brings a variety of dance creations from the genres of tap, classical ballet, jazz, modern, cultural and contemporary, presented by local choreographers and dancers. And with their fine style, the captivating Company “T” Tap Dancers, choregraphed by Tracey Varga,  return to wow audiences with a new salsa flair. A special presentation of the unique and historic Thunder Roll and Rain Machine showcases these special effects, built right into the Thalian Hall stage, that were innovative and thrilling in their time and are used in performances to this day.

Dance presentations also include the Hi Steppers tap group, choreographed by Annette Crumpton, who won1st place in the NC Senior Games Silver Arts, on the local level as well as 1st place in the NC Senior Games State Finals, Silver Arts performing arts competition in Raleigh, September, 2022. Three classical and contemporary dance pieces by Choreographers Rachel Taylor, Rachel Sanford, and Tracey Varga with Forward Motion Dance, were recently performed at this year’s Wilmington Dance Festival.

Dreams Theatre of Wilmington is represented with 11 youth and teenage dancers, who tell a poignant story with “N’awlins”, a contemporary, jazz, and cultural dance from Choreographer Kevin Lee-Y Green. A contemporary solo by Emily Lawler is a premiere piece honoring her grandmother who recently passed and was a great supporter of Emily’s pursuit and love of dancing. Choreographer D’mitri Cápri brings us an interpretive hip hop piece. Eleven dancers performing a high-energy Jazz/ Broadway piece by Linda Ann Webb is choreographed to music by Cy Coleman, Chicago Ensemble and George Benson. Tap solo “Harlem Bound” is restaged and danced by Ashley Barnes with choreography by Anthony Morigerato.

Expect an inspired and exciting evening of music and dance that is sure to bring you lasting memories of the amazing talent in our community. ARTS SENSATION! is presented by Forward Motion Dance Company. For more information, please visit and like us on Facebook!

 

 

Music and Dance Return to Thalian Hall Main Stage!

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Forward Motion Dance Company’s 19th Annual  ARTS SENSATION Benefit Performance  is Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:30 pm at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage, to benefit the Good Shepherd Center, a local non-profit organization. Along with Forward Motion Dance Company and works from local dancers and choreographers, Flamenco guitarist Ed Stephenson will bring his exciting Eduardo de Rosemarie Presents Noche Flamenca for an authentic Flamenco experience!

A DANCE AUDITION for this performance will be held

Sunday, March 26, 2023, 3:30 pm at The Dance Element, 7211 Ogden Business Lane, Wilmington, NC 28411

Interested dancers, choreographers of all genres (classical, jazz, hip hop, modern, tap, ballroom, cultural dance) are welcome.

COMPLETED WORK, INCLUDING COSTUMES, IS REQUIRED

6 minutes maximum length. Piece must be “family friendly”.

For information on the audition, click here, call (910) 232-8151, or visit www.forwardmotiondance.org

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The 19th Annual ARTS SENSATION!

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Reserve your seats today for The 19th Annual ARTS SENSATION!

A Benefit Performance for The Good Shepherd Center

7:30 p.m. April 21, 2023

Thalian Hall Main Stage

310 Chestnut Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

Tickets are $25 general admission. Please contact the Thalian Hall Box Office online or at 910.632.2285 for ticket reservations.

The 19th Annual Arts Sensation returns to the Thalian Hall Main Stage to showcase lively and entertaining local talent for a music and dance spectacular! This year’s beneficiary is the Good Shepherd Center, whose mission is to be a safety net for our neighbors in crisis by providing hot and nutritious meals, case management support, showers and restrooms, clean clothing, warm beds, an onsite medical clinic and a pathway to safe and affordable housing…all with dignity and respect.

Eduardo de Rosamaria’s Tablao Flamenco will transport you to the Andaluz region of Spain for an authentic Flamenco experience. Featuring flamenco dancer Chillona, singer Bella G. and guitarist Eduardo de Rosamaria, this amazing ensemble will perform traditional flamenco dances such as Sevillanas, Guajiras, Alegrias, Malaguenas, and Rumbas. Feel the passion and energy of a night out in Spain, right here in Wilmington!

Arts Sensation 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. And with their fine style, the captivating Company “T” Tap Dancers return to wow audiences with their vintage flair. Expect an inspired and exciting evening of music and dance that is sure to bring you lasting memories of the amazing talent in our community.

Stay tuned in to hear about all the performers bringing  this year’s show alive. ARTS SENSATION! is presented by Forward Motion Dance Company. For more information, please visit and like us on Facebook!

 

 

FMD Fundraiser at the Penthouse Returns!

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Forward Motion Dance is back at The Penthouse and the sunset views are spectacular! 

We invite you back to enjoy an evening with us to help support our
2023 season at the Thalian Hall Main Stage,
including the 19th annual ARTS SENSATION! music and dance event with
Eduardo de Rosamaria and his Tablao Flamenco,
and works from local choreographers and dancers. 

Come on up to enjoy the best views of downtown Wilmington with
your friends from Forward Motion Dance Company!

Tickets can be purchased from any Forward Motion Dance board member,
or email dance@forwardmotiondance.org —

space is limited, so be sure to reserve yours today!

Find out more about FMD and ARTS SENSATION!
at our website: www.forwardmotiondance.org

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Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Visuals, Vocals and Variations

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September 22 & 23, 2022, at 7:30 pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage

310 Chestnut Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Tickets are $25 general admission; $22 for seniors, students, military, & children under 12, plus taxes and fees. Please contact the Thalian Hall Box Office online or at 910.632.2285 for ticket reservations.

Forward Motion Dance Company is back on stage! Our exciting annual performance, Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Visuals, Vocals and Variations connects dancers, choreographers, musical and visual artists, and more to bring the art form of dance to the stage for a varied and collaborative event that showcases the talents of Choreographer Tracey Varga. Presented are new dance performances along with re-creations of works from the past, with a live choral performance featuring Elizabeth Stovall, films by Patrick Ogelvie, and an exciting piece from guest choreographer Gaspard Louis.

New works include a creation with eight dancers set to a new music composition from local artist Joe Cordaro. This high energy piece has three sections with dancers from UNCW, The Dance Cooperative, The Dance Element and FMD Company member Kara Abbott.

A highlight of the evening will be a premier dance to “Only in Sleep”, composed by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds in 2010 that includes lyrics from a poem by American author Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), read by Rhonda Bellamy, about remembering childhood friends in her dreams. Joining the dancers live onstage will be UNCW Soprano Elizabeth Stovall with choral group led by Dr. Aaron Peisner, Director of Choral Activities at UNCW. Forward Motion Dance Company dancers Kara Abbott, Nicole Dalier, and Susan Turner are joined by guest dancer Stephanie Nadeau.

A returning favorite is “Stages” (2008), a trio set to music by Nina Simone with remixes by Coldcut and Groovefinders, where the dance explores the artistic and life challenges of Nina Simone. Revisiting her part from the past is dancer Jeneen Cleare along with Stephanie Nadeau and Linda Ann Webb as guests.

Forward Motion Dance Company is excited to have a new piece choreographed by Tracey Varga for teen dancers from local studios including The Dance Element, DREAMS, South East Dance Academy, The Hoggard Dance Team and the Glory Academy of Fine Arts. Music is by award winning composer Dale Cornelius, who is known as a multi-instrumentalist and soundtrack artist for movies, television, animation and feature documentary films. He was commissioned by the Australian Government and recognized as a member of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers 2020.

“Interconnection” from Dance-a-lorus at the 2021 Cucalorus Film Festival is a collaboration with filmmaker Patrick Ogelvie and choreographer Tracey Varga that explores problems and solutions to local and world pollution, hunger and homelessness, and is heightened by poignant music by Marvin Gaye, John Lennon and Louis Armstrong.

Dances titled “Spirited Synergy” (2022) and “So Long Michael” (2020) with music by French guitarist and composer Pierre Bensusan will also be presented, and “So Long Michael” includes an engaging interpretive film by Patrick Ogelvie.

Forward Motion Dance Company is delighted to have guest choreographer Gaspard Louis who will set his creative piece “Around Within” for our Company and guest dancers. Gaspard is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Durham based modern dance company Gaspard & Dancers, who have consistently wowed audiences from the Triangle area of NC and beyond. Led by Gaspard, a former Pilobolus dancer, Gaspard & Dancers have worked with local musicians and composers, many dance and film festivals around the world, and produce an annual performance at Duke University, as well as present across North Carolina as part of the NC Dance Festival.

Forward Motion Dance Company dancers performing are Kara Abbott, Ashley Barnes, Nicole Dalier, Susan Turner, Becky Spivey, and McCall Milligan. Guest dancers are Jeneen Cleare, Melanie Dubel, Jenn Guerra, Michelle Harman, Wells Jackson, Avi Kornfeld, Stephanie Nadeau, Ariana Stefanut, Linda Ann Webb and Vanessa Welch.

In a show not to be missed, come be astounded by an inspired evening of music, film, and modern, contemporary and jazz dance that Cape Fear Arts in Motion brings in this exciting return to the beautiful and historic Thalian Hall main stage.

Forward Motion Dance Company with founder, director and choreographer Tracey Varga 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. We are an all-volunteer organization proudly supported by local, state and national grants, and community sponsors. For more information please visit our Facebook page or www.forwardmotiondance.org.

About our Special Guests:

Gaspard Louis is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Durham based modern dance company Gaspard & Dancers (G&D). Since the first moment they exploded onto the stage in 2009, G&D have consistently wowed audiences from the Triangle area of NC and beyond. Led by Gaspard, a former Pilobolus dancer, G&D have worked with local musicians and composers and many dance and film festivals. Since its inception, G&D has successfully produced an annual performance season at Duke University and presented at Pace University’s Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York City, Cape Fear Stage in Wilmington, Museum of Art in Raleigh, as well as across North Carolina as part of the NC Dance Festival. Internationally, G&D has been presented in Bermuda, Russia and South Korea.

Gaspard received a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University and continued his dance studies on scholarship at Gus Giordano’s in Chicago and Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab in New York. Following his studies, he joined the New York based company called AllNations where he performed traditional dances from many parts of the world for US troupes across the globe, then performed and traveled worldwide with Pilobolus Dance Theater. He collaborated on the choreography of nine major dance works with Pilobolus and taught master dance classes both nationally and internationally. In 2012, Gaspard received an MFA in Dance from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival Program and became the Director of ADF’s year-round creative movement outreach program which provides free dance classes to youth in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill community. His passion for dance has continued to lead him to work with local dancers and musicians. Since forming his company he has created over 25 works, which have been shared with audiences around the world. Additionally, Gaspard has been a guest teacher and choreographer at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Duke, Elon and North Carolina Central Universities.

 

Elizabeth Stovall received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from East Carolina University in 2017 and her Master’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2019. In January of 2021 she accepted a full time position as a lecturer in voice at UNCW. Some of her operatic roles include Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Serpetta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and most recently, the role of Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera Wilmington. In 2014, Beth was crowned Miss North Carolina and went on to compete in the Miss America competition where she was awarded a non-finalist talent award. While competing in the Miss America system, Beth promoted her platform: Inspiration Art. In addition to speaking to thousands of students across the state of NC, she also spoke to legislators on the House floor in Raleigh about the importance of arts education. Her passion for arts education is still a very important part of her life, and she plans to continue performing professionally and teaching voice for as long as she can.

 

Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Visuals, Vocals and Variations press materials to email, print for handing out or faxing to alert media outlets of our event.

Press Release AIM 2022

AIM 2022 Poster

AIM 2022 Flyer

 

A Preview: Forward Motion Dance Arts in Motion 2022

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Cameron Art Museum
3201 South 17th Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412

Sunday, August 28, 2022, 2-3 PM

CAM Members & students: $10; Not Yet Members: $12

Forward Motion Dance will bring a preview event of their new and recent choreography to CAM. Enjoy dance performances with live music and film as the artists interact with the audience through discussion and audience questions.

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.