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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

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.

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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.

Forward Motion Dance Company is back in 2022 on the Thalian Hall Main Stage! Shows are September 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm

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Be a Part of Cape Fear Arts in Motion!

Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Visuals, Vocals and Variations 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. All information on how you can support us is listed on these forms and you can follow the instructions to reserve your place in our production.

You can also follow this link for more ways to support Forward Motion Dance Company and contribute to the art of dance!

Thank you!



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For the 2022 annual performance of Forward Motion Dance Company’s Cape Fear Arts in Motion

Modern, contemporary, jazz and classical dancers

to participate in dance performances in collaboration

with guest choreographer, film and live musical

performers at Thalian Hall Main Stage.

Performances on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24, 7:30 pm.


Saturday April 30, 2022

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

3:00 pm for Company dancers and Adult guest dancers


The Dance Element of Wilmington LLC

7211 Ogden Business Lane, Suite 205

Wilmington, NC 28411


* Vaccinations required. Please come prepared to move.

Any questions please call 910-793-6675 or visit


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

An Evening with Pierre Bensusan – Live with guests Forward Motion Dance Company

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Returning to Wilmington after 2 years! One Show Only at 7:30 pm March 3, 2022

Hannah Block Community Arts Center

120 South 2nd Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

Ticket price $21 in advance – $25 day of show and are available at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center Box Office.

Pierre Bensusan returns to North America in 2022 for his long-overdue tour, presenting the music of his new album Azwan. He was last in Wilmington in 2020 and will return on March 3, collaborating with Forward Motion Dance Company and choreographer Tracey Varga to bring the art of dance together with his unique and inspired sound.

Pierre Bensusan, surnamed “Mister DADGAD,” has taken his unique sound to all corners of the globe. Winner of the Independent Music Awards for his triple live album Encore, voted Best World Music guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine reader’s Poll, and winner of the Rose d’Or at the Montreux Festival for his debut album, Pierre is recognized as one of the greatest guitar players of the 21st century.

Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, when France was decolonizing its Empire, Pierre Bensusan’s family moved to Paris when he was 4. He began formal studies on piano at the age 7 and at 11 taught himself guitar. Influenced in those early days by the folk revival blooming in Britain, France and North America, Bensusan began first to explore his own diverse musical heritage and then moved to the horizons beyond. He signed his first recording contract at 17, and one year later his first album, Près de Paris, won the Grand Prix du Disque upon his debut at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland. Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today,” Pierre’s name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age or World Music were invented. He has literally created a style of playing with the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and original and improvisational vocalist, with his own scat technique.

Immortalized by the tune “Bensusan” written in tribute by the late Michael Hedges, and referenced as an important inspiration to many other great musicians, Pierre Bensusan is a one-of-a-kind artist whose music transcends genre and time, with an uninhibited sense of musical freedom and expression, a sense of something both playful and serious, otherworldly yet right here right now. His manner of playing defies classification – crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk, pop and more. None can be isolated as simply World Music, Celtic, Arabic or French; rather, they represent Pierre’s genuine vocabulary and the best part of our world in its current state, a world sharing itself.

An Evening with Pierre Bensusan with guests Forward Motion Dance Company is not to be missed. For information about Forward Motion Dance, please visit us on Facebook or at

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Forward Motion Dance Company in Dance-a-Lorus

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Forward Motion Dance Company returns to Dance-a-lorus this year with Interconnection, a new and exhilarating piece by choreographer Tracey Varga and film by Patrick Ogelvie that includes visuals from Sam Shores.

Interconnectionexplores hunger, homelessness and pollution with a local and global viewpoint and expresses how we can combat and solve these problems. Music from Marvin Gaye, John Lennon and Louis Armstrong forms the soundtrack and dancers are from Forward Motion Dance Company.

Dance-a-lorus is a crowd favorite during the Cucalorus film festival this weekend, and this year will be presented at Thalian Hall Main Stage on Sunday, November 14 at 4 pm. Click here for tickets and more information about Dance-a-lorus. This event fills up quick so make sure you get a seat for this long awaited return to the stage.

Please note: Masks must be worn and vaccination status will be checked for all Cucalorus events so bring your card or a photo of it.

Virtually In Motion…a FUN RAISER! Benefiting Forward Motion Dance

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Only a few days left! Only a few dollars away from our goal!! Be the one who helps us reach our goal and support local artists while doing it. That way we all will feel like dancing!

Forward Motion Dance is a 501(c)3 non-profit dance organization. Forward Motion Dance donates proceeds from their annual “Arts Sensation” performance to a local non-profit organization.

Purchase Raffle Tickets anytime – we have extended our event thru March! Date to be announced for the drawing to WIN PRIZES & Support the Arts!…

1 Raffle Ticket for $5.00 and 5 Raffle Tickets for $20.00

Tickets can be purchased online: or from a FMD Board Member or by going straight to our Rally Up page! (Click Here!)

Thanks to our Raffle Prize Donation Sponsors!