Meet your Local Artists: Wilmington Part 1

February 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

The NC Dance Festival performance in Wilmington is right around the corner! Meet some of the local Wilmington artists that will take the stage with the NCDF touring artists: Kevin Lee-y Green, Alyona Amato, and Mirla Christe.

Kevin Lee-y Green

Kevin Lee-y Green by Tempest Peaches

Kevin Lee-y Green by Tempest Peaches

Kevin Lee-y Green is the founder of Techmoja company, a blend of technique, modern and jazz. Techmoja stages some of Kevin’s original works while often teaming up with his theatre company of the same name to perform  musicals. The company strives to inspire and expose their community to the ever-changing art form and prove that it is possible to achieve your dreams no matter what the circumstances.

Kevin will present “IVEY”, a journey through the colorful world of artist Ivey Hayes. The creation of the piece came about when Kevin was given special permission by the late Ivey Hayes to bring to life several of his most famous works. It is his hope that this piece will introduce those unfamiliar with the work and create new fans

Alyona Amato


Photo taken at Dance-a-lorus, part of the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington 2013.

A Russian native, Alyona decided to move to Wilmington in 2011 when she won a grant to study contemporary dance at the American Dance Festival. She soon joined the Dance Cooperative as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Alyona enjoys every day of dancing and believes that everyone can dance!

Alyona’s piece is called “Schway-way” and revolves around the idea that everyone has quirky, weird or odd habits. Everyone does certain things when other people are not looking, so why not let yourself be weird and enjoy everyone’s little weirdness!

Mirla Christe

Mirla Criste by Gwen Wells-Loiacono

Mirla Criste by Gwen Wells-Loiacono

Mirla has had a lifetime of training in theatre and dance all over the country. Before moving to Wilmington with her husband, Mirla studied dance in New York City,  earned an M.F.A in drama in California, and was the graduate movement specialist at the University of Georgia. She is now an adjunct theatre professor at UNCW and contact improvisation junkie, as that constitutes her primary topic of research.

“What’s in a name?” is choreographed and danced by Mirla, and developed out of a movement study from graduate school. The solo references Mirla’s theatrical background.

Tracey Varga

Tracey Varga

Tracey Varga has been active in the Wilmington dance scene for a long time, and frequently presents work for the NCDF performance.  She is the director of Forward Motion Dance Company. Her performance, teaching and choreographic experience includes works with and for a variety of dance companies in Maryland, Washington, Idaho, Illinois and New York. Locally she has presented works at Dance-a-Lorus, NCDF, Thalian Hall, City Stage, The Community Arts Center and the Cameron Art Museum.

Catch these choreographers and the NCDF Touring Artists February 7-9 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.  Tickets are now available for this amazing weekend of dance featuring choreographers and dancers from across our beautiful state. Shows are Friday, February 7 at 8pm, Saturday, February 8 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 9 at 3pm. Tickets are $15 for a single show or $35 for a weekend pass (discounts for students and active duty military with ID). Tickets are available at The Community Arts Center at 910-341-7860 or contact the Dance Coop at 910-763-4995.


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