North Carolina Dance Companies (Wilmington)

August 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Wilmington is a port city in and is the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina. Wilmington is the home of EUE Screen Gems Studios, the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California. Today we are focusing on three companies currently based in Wilmington, NC: Alban Elved Dance Company, Forward Motion Dance Company, and Techmoja Dance and Theater Company.

Alban Elved Dance Company (AEDC)


According to its website,  Alban Elved Dance Company (AEDC) was founded in Berlin, Germany in 1997 by artistic director and choreographer Karola Lüttringhaus to form an outlet for her diverse artistic pursuits. Ms Lüttringhaus creates dance-theatre that blends multiple art forms with a truly unique and visceral kinetic voice that seeks to extract the psychology of human existence and distills it into an arcane and dynamic elegance that embraces intellect and instinct in equal measure. Her work is fiercely physical, tracing the changeable electricity of thought and sensation that underlies human interaction and interpersonal relationships. Merging American experiences with her European roots she draws the viewer into enchanting, startling and evocative psychological landscapes.

AEDC is now based in Wilmington and pursues the creation of interdisciplinary art experiences through a continuous search for what lies beneath the surface of life to fulfill one of humanities most fundamental needs: meaningful exchange with other people.

AEDC is helping to coordinate the SARUS FESTIVAL  that will be held on August 21st-24th in Wilmington and will also be performing. Also, don’t forget to check out Karola Lüttringhaus’ class schedule on her website. She teaches a wide range of classes from African to Modern dance.

Techmoja Dance and Theater Company


Directed by Kevin Green, Techmoja Dance and Theater Company provides an outlet for creative artists of all ethnicities, whether trained or untrained, with hopes of fostering an abundance of talent. The company’s main goal is to produce quality performance for both the spectator and the performer.

Forward Motion Dance Company


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.

The company was founded by dancer and choreographer Tracey Varga in 2001 and incorporated in 2004, although Tracey has been dancing and choreographing in Wilmington since relocating from Seattle in 1996. Forward Motion Dance sponsors and co-sponsors public arts performances such as “Arts Sensation”, and offers education for schools and community organizations including the Wilmington School of Ballet, DREAMS of Wilmington, The Dance Cooperative, and the YWCA Lower Cape Fear.

On September 12-13, 2014, Forward Motion Dance Company will hold their Annual Performance in Wilmington, NC. There is more information to come on their annual performance, with three performances showcasing the talents of Choreographer Tracey Varga and local dance and music artists when it gets closer to the performance. Click here to view some videos from last years performance.

Let us know if there are any other Wilmington area companies we have forgotten to mention. This concludes our blog post series of the dance companies in North Carolina!


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