A unifying expression of movement for all
If dance is an expression of the human spirit, then it is best expressed by people of all abilities. That is the fundamental belief behind the Dancing Wheels Company & School. Considered one of the premier arts and disabilities organizations in the U.S., Dancing Wheels is a professional, physically integrated dance company uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities. Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the first professional wheelchair dancer in the U.S., founded the Dancing Wheels Company in Cleveland in 1980. Born with spina bifida, Mary wanted to offer others with disabilities full and equal access into the world of dance. An almost unimaginable concept at the time, Mary’s vision and passion have since helped to revolutionize our very notion of dance—as well as what defines a dancer.
For four decades, the Dancing Wheels Company has offered performances recognized for their artistry, diversity and infusion of eclectic works from renowned choreographers. This skilled ensemble of stand-up and sit-down dancers has reached more than 5.5 million people worldwide with innovative mainstage performances, school assembly programs, guest appearances, master classes and varied outreach activities. Millions more have enjoyed their artistry via appearances on CNN, Good Morning America, 20/20 and the TV special Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope. With a repertory of over 75 works from nationally esteemed choreographers and a message of inclusion and accessibility, the company continually expands the reach of artistic possibilities, while celebrating the universal spirit of dance.
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