For grades: K-12
Requirements for live visit: accessible, smooth, flat, uncarpeted staging area (gymnasium, multi-purpose room, sound system with mic, long cord, stand, cassette deck and operator if not in immediate performance area, max. # of students per performance 350-400
Fees for live visit: Lecture/Perf.
Funding: OH Arts Council
Dancing Wheels is one of the best children's programs I have ever seen...students were mesmerized during the entire performance. It was clearly outstanding Cult. Arts Com., Marlton E.S., NJ ---
The 60 minute Artist-In-Schools Lecture/Performance, featuring three dancers, has been applauded by educators and children across the country for its sensitivity relating to disability/accessibility issues as well as its innovative approach to the art of dance. This highly entertaining program utilizes narration, discussion, demonstration, audience participation, performance and Q&A to explore the diversity of dance, accessibility issues in real life and in the arts, motivation and self esteem.
Dancing Wheels is a professional, integrated dance company comprised of dancers with and without disabilities. Founded in 1980 by Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the company developed a strong relationship with Cleveland Ballet in 1990 and formed, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels. Since then, dancers of all abilities have inspired and enriched the lives of audiences everywhere. In 1994 Sabatino Verlezza joined the company as co-artistic director/choreographer.His innovative choreography accentuates the abilities rather than limitations of the dancers and works to dispel the myth as to what individuals with disabilities can achieve as artists. Dancing Wheels received the 1998 Ohio Governors Award for Excellence in Outreach, was invited to perform on the ABC televisison special, Christopher Reeve... A Celebration of Hope and was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning. The company tours throughout the U.S. offering full length mainstage concerts, lecture/performances, artist-in-schools outreach programs, workshops and masterclasses.