Dancing Wheels delivers clear, messages on ADA anniversary celebration concert (review)
by Mark Satola, The Plain Dealer
Modern dance tends not to be explicit in its content, but at Saturday night's concert by Cleveland's physically integrated Dancing Wheels Company, the message could not have been clearer.
The concert at the Allen Theatre marked two significant occasions — Dancing Wheels' 35th anniversary, and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Click here to read the article.
Sitting down and standing up with Cleveland's Dancing Wheels
by WKSU's Vivian Goodman
Mary Verdi-Fletcher and Catherine Meredith sat down with Vivian Goodman to discuss the 35th anniversary of the Dancing Wheels Company and “Lasting Legacy” concert. Click here to listen to the full radio interview.
Dancing Wheels observing double milestone with 'Lasting Legacy' concert (Preview)
by By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer
Don't use the words "handicapped" or "disabled." Not when discussing Cleveland's Dancing Wheels.
More than offensive, the terms are inaccurate. While countless companies have come and gone, the nation's first integrated dance troupe is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary, with a show called "Lasting Legacy." Indeed, it's doing better than most.
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We Love a Parade!
The Dancing Wheels Company & School in conjunction with the IngenuityFest presented the first annual Arts for All Parade on Saturday, October 10, 2015. "We thought there is no better way to celebrate two iconic occasions, the Dancing Wheels’ 35th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the ADA, than an inclusive parade," said Mary Verdi-Fletcher, President Founding Artistic Director of the Dancing Wheels Company & School.
The weather might have been cold and rainy, but it didn't dampen the spirits of parade participants. The parade stepped off at 1:00 p.m. and made its way around the Science Center to the lobby of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Voices in the Valley Drummers warmed up the crowd in the Rock Hall for speakers Joe Cimperman, Cleveland City Councilman, Tom Schorgl, President and CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and Mary Verdi-Fletcher.
Ms. Verdi-Fletcher unveiled her Company & School’s new logo, which positions the organization for the future as the World Center for Integrated Dance & Art. Following the speeches, performances were given by the Dancing Wheels Company, All City Dancers and Troup Abira Belly Dancers.
“Dancing Wheels rolls up to cutting edge… (review)”
By Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer
Dancing Wheels won’t and shouldn’t be the same again. Not after its season finale last Saturday.
In presenting “Rhythm and Wheels: Around the World,” a high-energy show conceived and led by former “Stomp” member Elec Simon, the company hit, almost literally, on a rich new vein. Click here to read the entire article.
“Dancing Wheels Lifts People Up Worldwide With Integrative Dance Programs"
Mary Verdi-Fletcher, President/Founding ArtisticDirector of the Dancing Wheels Company & School, sat down with John E. Phillips for this exclusive interview on Wheel:Life.org. Mary shares her life story, and the history up to present of the Company & School.
Click here to read the interview
Mary Verdi-Fletcher Recipient of
2014 Viscardi Award
The international Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards pay tribute to exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. The Viscardi Center received nominations from 11 countries, and this year’s slate of awardees hails from the United States, Australia and Kazakhstan.
Click here to read more about Mary’s award.
Dancing Wheels Airs a Made-for-Television Documentary
As the top recipient of the Cuyahoga County Arts & Culture “Creative Culture Grant”, The Dancing Wheels Company & School brought to fruition a year-long campaign to bring a vision of hope and possibility to those who have struggled with the indignities of bullying and other social injustices.
On April 5, 2014, Daring to be Dumbo: The Documentary aired on WKYC TV3. Narrated by Al Roker, this documentary delves into the real-life stories of those who have risen above the ridicule and isolation of “being different” to discover lives of dignity and achievement.
VIDEO: The Rock That Rolls and Daring to Be Dumbo Hit The DancingWheels Co.
By: Marty Bielat, Cool Cleveland
They’re rockin’ and rollin’! The Dancing Wheels Company & School has been busy this season. Between preparing for two major events and rehearsing for their tour, getting a word in edgewise with their President/Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher was an opportunity CoolCleveland couldn’t pass up. Click here to watch the video interview.
Cleveland's Dancing Wheels one of six recipients of 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio
By Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer
Cleveland-based dance troupe Dancing Wheels has been selected as one of six recipients of the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio.
Dancing Wheels, the first fully-integrated dance troupe in the country featuring professional dancers with and without disabilities, will receive the award for Arts Education. Click here to read the entire story.
Dancing Wheels Wins CAC Grant
The votes are in and Dancing Wheels Company & School has won the Creative Culture Grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for our project Daring to be Dumbo. We received over 7,900 votes from Cuyahoga County residents. Without your support, this television documentary and school education program on bullying and social injustice would not get produced. Thank you for voting for us!
Click here to read the Plain Dealers’ story - Dancing Wheels, LAND Studio win Creative Culture Grants Competition
Click here to read more about the Daring to Dumbo project.
Dancing Wheels Shares Integrated Dance Insights
The Dancing Wheels Company was featured in the December issue of Dance Studio Life magazine for our newly launched physically integrated dance training manual. The magazine is one the top education dance publications with over 66,000 readers throughout the United States and Canada. Read the article
The manual and DVD can be purchased by click the Buy Now button or by calling (216) 432-0306.
Making National Media!
The Huffington Post recently featured an article sharing the story of Mary Verdi-Fletcher and her inspirational journey to advance the quality of integrated dance as the founder of The Dancing Wheels Company & School.
Past Media & Press:
Cool Cleveland, "World Class: Dancing Wheels Explores Helen Keller"