By ERIN RUBIN | February 17, 2017 When the words “disabled” and “dancers” appear in the same sentence, many people think of special interest groups, therapy, or education, but the performances selected by Dance/NYC’s “Dance. Disability. Artistry.” (DDA) initiative are emphatically none of those things. They are integrated dancing, wherein dancers with and without disabilities [...]
WKYC's Danielle Wiggins featured dancer, Demarco Sleeper on a special segment of #RisingWKYC. This story chronicles Demarco's life journey and inspiring perspective. I feel like people don't see a disability. They see somebody beating a disability.
Dee Perry speaks with artistic director Mary Verdi-Fletcher and choreographer Dezaré Foster about Dancing Wheels production of Labyrinth (based on the Jim Henson film from 1986) onstage at Cain Park Friday, August 12th. Hear the Interview
Sometimes it pays to be a little out of step with the times. Just look at dancer Dezaré Foster. After years of inciting strange looks from her friends, her passion for the music of older generations at last has paid off in the form of a full-length story ballet with Cleveland's Dancing Wheels [...] Read [...]
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A diverse group of artists has been awarded the 2016 Cleveland Arts Prize. They include a dancer, electronic and classical musicians, a writer, a visual artist and a smooth talker. The board of trustees announced the 2016 winners Friday. The winners of the 56th annual awards will be honored at a ceremony [...]
The internationally known professional dance company Dancing Wheels mesmerized Madison County children and adults with performances like they had never seen before, Thursday afternoon at the Madison County Public Library in Richmond and Berea Community School. Read More
In gym class, students of Palm Elementary School most often see that there is a lot of ability in being disabled. What they saw Monday was Cleveland dancer DeMarco Sleeper showing how he twirls, tilts and dances from the seat of his wheelchair. Sleeper, 21, is a company member and outreach instructor with the Dancing [...]
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. Read the interview.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Verdi-Fletcher, founder of Dancing Wheels Company and School in Cleveland. She is the first professional wheelchair dancer in the United States and one of the first in the world [...] Read More
“Being part of the Dancing Wheels Company really has changed my life,” Tanya Ewell of Cleveland, Ohio, says. After Tanya’s injury, she stayed home for a couple of years. She felt there wasn’t much she could do with her life because she was in a wheelchair [...] Read More