Modern dance is an art form that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities. This is a statement that the Cleveland based Dancing Wheels Company and School has taken to heart. They believe in inclusive arts opportunities for everyone. Founded by Mary Verdi-Fletcher, who was America’s first professional wheelchair dancer, Dancing Wheels is made up of both stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers.
The company has touched many hearts since they were founded in 1980. In addition to performances, they have a school that teaches classes such as modern, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, and wheelchair technique. They hold summer dance and theatre workshops, and are involved in community outreach throughout the year.
If you want to see this company in action, their next performance in the Cleveland area is April 15th at Mount St Joseph Rehabilitation Center in Euclid at 2:30.
On April 25th the company and school together will be performing “Rhythm and Wheels: Around the World.” This is going to be an exciting collaboration between dancers and percussionists. The show will be held at the Cleveland Masonic and Performing Arts Center at 8:00 pm. A VIP gala will be help at 6:30 for those who want to get the full experience.