The MoCo Spring Concert Straight From the Heart is an annual fundraising event that began in 2017. It is held at the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance main building. The venue has been a successful location for dance school families and local community members to attend.

The program is a showcase of original choreographic works by Modern Company instructors, members, and guests choreographers. They present two performances, with seating for 300 at each show.

Direction and Choreography

The production is managed by Tracy Vogt Wardlaw, the director of the Modern Company, and supported faculty members Michele Carter and Brandon Ellis. In addition to the studio faculty, guest artists choreograph, provide instruction to members, and perform in the show. Guests have included Ricky Davis, an Atlanta-based dancer with the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company; Lara Davis, an instructor with the Academy of Ballet in Peachtree Corners, member of the Georgia Ballet, and choreographer of the award-winning film, “Capriole”; Jessie Kaplan, instructor at En Pointe Studios in Atlanta and dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruises; and Cameron Birts, a dancer with Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance and graduate of University of the Arts Philadelphia.

The show is performed by current Modern company students, alumni and guests. Principal and Senior Company dancers are given the opportunity to choreograph and direct individual pieces. This experience provides an additional element of development for the students to understand both creative and leadership aspects of a public performance.


Two performances are presented back to back on one Sunday in April. At the intermission of each performance, audience members are invited to learn and perform a brief dance based on Modern technique. This interactive part of the event is meaningful for the guests and the dancers. There is also a reception and prize raffle at each performance and the opportunity to talk with members, the choreographers and the director. The performance schedule is as follows:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Auction Prep
Dress Rehearsal
Early Matinee
Late Matinee
Clean up
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