“Dancing Wheels Lifts People Up Worldwide With Integrative Dance Programs"

Mary Verdi-Fletcher, President/Founding Artistic Director 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

“Rhythm & Wheels: Around the World”

Gala Benefit and Performance

­The Dancing Wheels Company presents the world premiere of “Rhythm & Wheels: Around the World.”  This is a first-of-its-kind production for the Company joining forces with Elec Simon, world percussionist and cast member of the Off‑Broadway show STOMP.  Elec Simon will make the stage come alive with fiery musicians including our dancers who will join in on the rhythms created by this masterful drummer.  Using buckets, authentic drums and even the wheels, the ensemble will heat up the magnificent Masonic Auditorium like never before!

Cleveland Masonic and Performance Arts Center

3615 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cleveland Ohio 44115

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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.

"Daring to be Dumbo: The Documentary"

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.

WATCH: How One Woman Built A Business Around Her Disability

Past Media & Press:

Dance Magazine (UK). "Integrated Dance"

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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