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Dancing Wheels is the first modern dance company to integrate professional stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers. Mary Verdi-Fletcher, President and Founding Artistic Director, a pioneer in the field of integrated dance, started the company in 1980, and for more than a quarter of a century, Dancing Wheels has performed, taught and inspired children and adults of all abilities around the world. In the United States, the company presents more than 100 performances reaching audiences of 125,000 each year.
Dancing Wheels also serves a source of inspiration in the development of other integrated dance programs nationwide with performances that span the globe, including an ambassadorial tour to Prague in the Republic of Czech, Guatemala and Poland. The company represented the United States and the State of Ohio with a full concert performance at the International Very Special Arts Festival in Brussels, Belgium and Los Angeles, CA and opened the 1st National Conference of Careers In the Arts for People with Disabilities at the Kennedy Center.
Dancing Wheels has been featured in numerous national publications and television programs including ABC television special, Christopher Reeve, A Celebration of Hope, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and Good Morning America. The company is the proud recipient of the 1998 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Outreach in Ohio and the 1997 National Rehabilitation Achievement Award.