Be a Part of Cape Fear Arts in Motion!

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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 are listed on these forms and you can follow the instructions to reserve your place in our production.

Thank you!


Arts Sensation! Raises $1000 for WARM!

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Susan Turner of Forward Motion Dance Company presented a check for $1000 to Tammy Tierney, Development Manager of Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM). The money was raised from proceeds from Arts Sensation! at Thalian Hall in April, a benefit performance for WARM which showcases local musicians, choreographers and dancers. Pictured with Susan and Tammy is Andy Jones, Program Development and Kelley Mawhinney, Development Coordinator.

Every year, Forward Motion Dance Company produces Arts Sensation to raise money and awareness for local non-profit organizations who provide services to the people in the Wilmington Area. This year, WARM was selected as a group who not only provides on-going support for the elderly and disabled, but this year offered recovery assistance for many of the survivors of Hurricane Florence.


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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

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

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 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 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


Click to see the poster!

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

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

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

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.


Forward Motion Dance Company Wine Tasting & Benefit Event 

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Wine Tasting & Benefit Event         

Sunday, February 11, 2018

4:30 – 7:00 pm

Ted’s Fun on the River | 2 Castle St. | Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910-231-5871

Forward Motion Dance Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is having a wine tasting and fundraising event, with live music by Staghorn Starlings and Jarret Raymond, light appetizers, and a drawing for door prizes. Years past have proven this to be quite a fun event so don’t miss out!

This year we are honored to have two musical guests! Staghorn Starlings are the husband and wife musical duo of Wilmington, NC natives Molly and Ozzie Darden. Rooted in country and folk music, this creative pair enjoys putting their unique spin on old and new favorites, and writing and performing original tunes that transcend decades. Whether in rowdy bar rooms, polite parlors, or in your backyard, Staghorn Starlings will have you tipping your hat and kicking up your boots to the beat of a bass drum and smooth harmonies

Also performing is Jarrett Raymond, one of the newest faces to hit the Wilmington live and local scene. Jarrett conducts a genuinely wonderful show to see and engage with, playing many familiar classic hits as well as original content. With a voice like Simba’s father, Jarrett will echo through the streets and into the souls of many! Come out and see this fantastic performance.

Tickets are $15.00, available from Forward Motion Dance Company members, at Ted’s Fun on the River and at the door. Proceeds benefit Forward Motion Dance Company.

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Proceeds benefit Forward Motion Dance Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, proud to be a part of the wonderful Wilmington arts community. We support and collaborate with local artists, performers, and venues. Thanks to all our supporters, now and in the past.

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FMD Receives Grant from Women’s Impact Network

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Forward Motion Dance recently received a generous grant from the Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation.  The Foundation brings together women philanthropists to address the changing and diverse needs and challenges facing women and children in the community.  2017 marks the first year that WIN has offered small grants. This year, the focus of their inaugural program is to provide capacity funding to local nonprofits in Arts and Culture.  Our award is to help underwrite the annual Cape Fear Arts in Motion performance.

Diane Evers attended the Women’s   Impact Network Grants Award Luncheon  on Friday, October 13, 2017,where she accepted the award on behalf of Forward Motion Dance. (Photographs by Sherri Robinson)

Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Retro Fusion and Illusion

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Retro Fusion and Illusion

Presented by Forward Motion Dance Company

7:30 pm September 15 and 16, 2017

Thalian Hall Main Stage

310 Chestnut Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

Retro Fusion and Illusion embraces musical artists from the past and reintroduces artists from the present. A groovy and collaborative dance event, Forward Motion Dance Company’s annual performance showcases the talents of Choreographer Tracey Varga. New dance works will be presented along with a recreation of “Endangered”, which premiered at Dance-a-Lorus in 2011 and embraces the collaboration of film and artistic stage props by Joe Cordaro set to music by Dianne Reeves, and the dance solo “Beat of the Soul” which premiered in 2015, set to music by Janis Joplin and presented with sculpture created by local artist Doug Campbell. Featured guest choreographer Linda Webb presents “450nm 660 THz” from the 2013 Dance-a-Lorus, set to a remix of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes” with choreography using intricate partnering and floor pattern sequences performed by five men and eight women wearing bright blue shoes.

Dance performances are set to music by Nat King Cole, David Bowie, James Brown, Elvis, and Earth Wind and Fire. Returning from last year is a collaboration with local musician Julia Walker Jewell with the completed dance set to her original piano composition. A dance performed to new music by Herb Alpert features local teen dancers from DREAMS, The Dance Cooperative, The Dance Element and Wilmington School of Ballet.

Forward Motion Dance Company and Guest Dancers performing are Dancers are Ashley Barnes, Nicole Dalier, Rachael Goolsby, Michelle Harman, Qaadir Hicks, Sue Meier, Becky Spivey, Heather Till, Linda Webb, Elizabeth White, McCall White, Michelle Whiting and Amanda Young, Teen Dancers and Dance Students from Wilmington School of Ballet Modern-Jazz Class.

Tickets are $20.00 general admission; $17.50 for seniors, students, military, children under 12, and NCDA members. Please call 910.632.2285 for ticket reservations.

Forward Motion Dance Company 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 grants and sponsors.

Contact us at if you are interested in becoming a friend or sponsor and promote continuing arts performance and education on our community. For more information please visit our website