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Dancing Wheels Company & School

 
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Mission Statement

Mary Verdi-Fletcher, America’s first professional wheelchair dancer, founded The Dancing Wheels Company in 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio. Having been born with spina bifida, Mary wanted to open the doors of opportunity for people with disabilities who wanted to pursue their goals on an equal ground with their non-disabled peers. Mary always wanted to be a professional dancer, and was not going to let her disability stand in her way. The Dancing Wheels Company was formed to employ professionally-

Program Statement

Since its beginning, The Dancing Wheels Company’s compelling performances and educational outreach programming have conveyed the philosophy of inclusive arts and reached audiences of over five million people worldwide with school assembly programs, workshops, residencies, and mainstage concert performances. The Company has also had the distinguished honor to represent its work at international festivals and conferences in Poland, Guatemala, British Columbia, Trinidad and the Czech Republic

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:00pm
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The Snowman

Dancing Wheels Company & School
We are excited to announce that tickets are now available for the 2021 restaging of our beloved holiday classic The Snowman. The Snowman will be performed at the Breen Center for the Arts at St. Ignatius High School on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 2pm. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, limited in-theatre VIP seating is available (81 seats in total). In addition to our socially distanced…

 

Opportunities

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Open Audition for The Dancing Wheels Company January 12, 2019 Cleveland, OH

The Dancing Wheels Company, America’s first, professional, physically integrated dance company, is currently seeking to hire qualified male and female dancers for the 2019/20 season. There is an immediate opening for a male dancer and a wheelchair dancer*. The Dancing Wheels Company is a national touring company that works with highly acclaimed choreographers each year. Most recent works include…

 
Auditions for Qualified Dancers

Auditions for Qualified Dancers

The Dancing Wheels Company, America’s first, professional, physically integrated dance company, is currently holding auditions for qualified male and female dancers.  Dancing Wheels is a national touring company that works with highly acclaimed choreographers each year. Most recent works include full-length pieces from Donald McKayle, Dianne McIntyre, Nai-Ni Chen, Christopher Fleming, Michael Uthoff,…

 

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