Our faculty of Teaching Artists are trained in the Company’s specific integrated technique to work with students of all ability levels. They are experienced in working with students who use mobility assistance equipment, such as manual and powered wheelchairs, crutches, braces, and walkers. They are also experienced in working with students who have a variety of cognitive and emotional capacity levels. We strive to keep all classes integrated and pride ourselves in never turning down a student based on ability level or economic status.
Director of Outreach & Community Engagement, Teaching Artist – Sara Lawrence-Sucato hails from Columbus, OH. She graduated with Honors and a degree in Dance Teaching and Choreography from Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA). She has had ten seasons being a professional dancer with The Dancing Wheels Company where she is also the company’s Tour Manager and a company class instructor. In an outreach capacity, Sara has taught residencies, workshops, and master classes for Dancing Wheels. Her most recent teaching opportunities have been with the Adult Summer Dance Workshop 2015; residencies with Laurel School, Old Trail School, and Oliver H. Perry School in the Cleveland area; and master classes at Ohio University (Athens, OH), Edinboro University (Edinboro, PA), and Oglebay Institute (Wheeling, WV). Sara has performed works by Nai Ni Chen, Christopher Fleming, Stuart Pimsler, Robert Wesner, as well as renowned choreographers Donald McKayle and Dianne McIntyre. Sara teaches at several local dance studios and her most recent choreographic credits include “Revolutions” (2012) for The Dancing Wheels Company, a piece for “Top Ten” (2015) with The Cleveland Dance Exchange as part of CPT’s DanceWorks, and a 2016 Regional Dance America (RDA) piece “Concerto Impressioniste” for City Ballet of Cleveland.
Director of the School of Dancing Wheels, Teaching Artist – Matthew Bowman began training in dance in 2012 at The Ohio State University. Concurrent with his training at Ohio State, Matthew participated in summer dance training programs at BalletMet Columbus, the American Ballet Theatre in New York City, and a seventeen day study abroad program with OSU Dance in Costa Rica. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with Honors in the Arts and Distinction in Research in Dance, Matthew spent the following year in Columbus, Ohio on faculty at the BalletMet Dance Academy teaching modern dance, teaching for dance studios and workshops around the city, and performing freelance with several dance companies. Matthew’s professional experiences include choreographing for Columbus Fashion Week’s Finale Runway Show (2014, 2015, 2017), performing with the Columbus Opera Project, dancing with New Vision Dance Company, Hixon Dance, Carpenter Productions, and premiering Song of the Stars (2016) with Seven Dance Company. In addition to teaching dance, Matthew is a 200 hr Certified Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance, and enjoys integrating yoga and other somatic practices into his dance teaching and training. Matthew is currently in his fourth season with The Dancing Wheels Company as a company dancer, as well as the Social Media & Archives Manager. Initially drawn to Dancing Wheels because it is a teaching-oriented company, the past three seasons have provided ample growth and experience both as a professional performer and teaching artist in dance through tours and lecture demonstration performances.
L. Taylor Ashton
Teaching Artist – L. Taylor Ashton, a dance maker and native of Youngstown, Ohio graduated with honors from Kent State University with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2017. Ashton recently received her MFA in dance from Hollins University in conjunction with the Master of Contemporary Dance Education program at Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. Ashton’s current work in process, ataba is a multi-medium performance art piece that is anchored in the migration and displacement of Syrian refugees, drawing on her Syrian heritage and family migration story.
Andrea Belser McCormick
Teaching Artist – Andrea McCormick is a Performing and Teaching Artist from Cleveland with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies emphasizing in Dance and Applied Voice from Wright State University. Currently, she teaches various dance and theater acting to all ages with theaters and companies around Northeastern Ohio. Under the stage name Andrea Belser, she has also worked on and off stage as an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, stage manager, and dresser. You may have last seen her perform in Aida at Karamu House, Freaky Friday at Lakeland Civic Theater, Little Shop of Horrors at French Creek Theater, or The Casual Tree Ward at Convergence-Continuum. Andrea’s awards include 2008 Best Actress in Cleveland and a nomination for the same in 2012.
Teaching Artist – Cody Krause is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist originally hailing from the Philadelphia area where he started his training at a young age. Cody recently received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University in the spring of 2019 and moved to Cleveland to join The Dancing Wheels Company for his first season. Throughout Cody’s experiences, he has had opportunity to work with choreographers and professionals such as Susan Hadley, Erez Zohar, Danielle Agami, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, and Eddie Taketa. He had the opportunity of teaching and studying under Ann Sofie Clemmensen at The Ohio State as a Teaching Assistant, aiding her Composition 1 course for the OSU Dance Majors. Cody was also a part of The Ohio State University Department of Dance’s School Tour Group in 2018, where a group of students and teachers traveled to Columbus area schools to provide performance and dance classes to many groups of children. He has also taught multiple master classes at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, his high school Alma Mater.
Teaching Artist – Dominique Patton is a recent graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelors of Arts with a Business Cognate. Dominique is currently continuing her training by means of taking classes with The Dancing Wheels Company & School. Throughout her time in college, Dominique received awards such as the “Outstanding Student Award” and had choreography selected to be performed on the E.J. Thomas Hall stage and for the American College Dance Association. Although her focus is in ballet and modern, Dominique thrives when teaching and choreographing. She strongly believes in the values of hard-work, kindness, and creativity, and strives to bring all three into the studio. Dominique is absolutely thrilled to join the Dancing Wheels family, and she hopes to spread as much joy as they have given her.