Dancing Wheels

Mary Verdi-Fletcher, America’s first professional wheelchair dancer, founded The Dancing Wheels Company in 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio. Having been born with spina bifida, Mary wanted to open the doors of opportunity for people with disabilities who wanted to pursue their goals on an equal ground with their non- disabled peers. Now in its 38th season, The Dancing Wheels Company is America’s first and foremost physically integrated company, recognized as the World Center for Integrated Dance & Arts Access. With a composition of professional stand up and sit down dancers, the company tours globally presenting innovative works from nationally acclaimed choreographers.

Mainstage
This 70-90 minute, full Company concert style performance requires full technical and production accommodations. Typically used as a ticketed event for the general public. Performances may range from a full evening featuring the Company’s extensive repertory selections or one of its enchanting story ballets.

Mini-mainstage
60 Minutes, 6-8 dancers, fully costumed excerpts from any of the mainstage repertory and/or story ballets. Perfect for high school or college performances. In a theater, this concert is designed for student matinee performances or to accommodate when full production requirements or time availability is not possible.

Guest Appearance
The 10-35 minute special performance is perfect for galas, dinners, or other gatherings where entertainment is needed. Performances can be tailored to fit specific themes or event ideas.