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 will bring 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 will air on WKYC TV3 at 7:00 p.m.  Narrated by Al Roker, this documentary will delve 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.   Watch the trailer.

Join the conversation during the broadcast on Twitter #AcceptAll.

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.

Join us on Friday, April 11, 2014, for our Annual Benefit Gala and the World Premiere performance, Rock That Rolls.  Enjoy the music of The Temptations, R.E.M. Madonna, Ray Charles and Alice Cooper performed by the Dancing Wheels Company along with a guest appearance by the students from the Performance Ensemble.  Purchase tickets by phone (216) 432-0306.

$100.00 Gala, Performance & After Party - 6:30 p.m.

Includes food fit for a Rock Star, drinks and dancing 

$30.00 Performance & After Party - 8:00 p.m.


Educators and students will have the opportunity to attend a student matinee at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11.  To enhance the learning experience for students, show-specific teacher guides are distributed prior to their visit.  Through the generous support of our sponsors, educators and students can attend for the low price of $5.00 per person.  Download the ticket order form or call 216-432-03016.

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.

WATCH: How One Woman Built A Business Around Her Disability

Featured in Dance Magazine

The Dancing Wheels Company & School is proud to be recognized in an article on integrated dance by Dance, a magazine based in  the United Kingdom! 

Past Media & Press:

The Plain Dealer, "Dancing Wheels introduces colorful Daring to be Dumbo" (review)

"Manual Launch Event - A Huge Success"

Call & Post, "A Night to Remember"

WKYC, "Dancing Wheels' Van Stolen"

Dancing Wheels' Strategic and Succession Plan

The Plain Dealer, "Dancing Wheels Introduces Dance to Renovated Allen Theater"

The Plain Dealer, "Dancing Wheels Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Style at the Cleveland Agora"

Resolution of Congratulations from Cleveland City Hall 

"Flash Mob Proves Dance is for Everyone; Sends Message Through Movement"

"Dancing Wheels has a New Dance Partner"

The Plain Dealer, "Dancing Wheels Founder was Bound to See Her Dream Dance"

"Dancing Wheels Dance Troupe Entertains and Educates in Acton, Boxborough"

CLE+ Magazine, "The Roll of a Lifetime"

New Mobility Magazine, September 2010, "Physically Integrated Dance Comes of Age"


The Plain Dealer, "Dancing Wheels Packs Tons of Ellington Activity into its Gala Performance"

The Plain Dealer, "Working with Dancing Wheels 'Eye-Opening' for Noted Choreographer Donald McKayle"

The Sun News, "South Euclid Residents Perform in Event at Playhouse Square"

Cool Cleveland 4.28.10, "Preview: Dancing Wheels, the Angels, CJO & the Duke"

AOL Video, "Dancing Wheels, Helping Hands"

Dance Magazine, "25 to Watch in 2010"

Cool Cleveland, "World Class: Dancing Wheels Explores Helen Keller"

DD Quarterly, "ODDC Supports Employment Through the Arts"

The Plain Dealer, "Feet Fly and Wheels Soar in Boundless Expression"

Dance Studio Life, "Have Wheels, Can Dance"

Dance Magazine, "Spring to Dance"

The Columbia Tribune, "A New Spin on Dance"

Inside Columbia, "Inspiration Is On A Roll"

The Plain Dealer, "Troupes Share Stage in Enlivened Show"

The Plain Dealer, "Dancing Wheels Taps Three Choreographers for World Premieres -- At One Concert"

New York Times, "All Sorts of Steps, Strutted for a Cause"

The Plain Dealer, "Ben Vereen's Back on His Feet and Ready for a Night of Music"

American Girl Magazine, “Dancing Dreams”



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