Dancing Wheels Company unifies through art in movement

dancingwheelsThe Arts Partnership presents the Dancing Wheels Company, a physically integrated dance company of dancers both with and without disabilities. The performance is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA) in Findlay, part of the “TAP Package” at MCPA presented by The Arts Partnership.

 Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the first professional wheelchair dancer in the U.S., founded the Dancing Wheels Company in Cleveland in 1980. Born with spina bifida, Mary wanted to offer others with disabilities full and equal access into the world of dance. A n almost unimaginable concept at the time, Mary’s vision and passion have since helped to revolutionize our very notion of dance – as well as what defines a dancer.

Furthering the mission of inclusive arts and recreation opportunities for all, the School of Dancing Wheels proudly opened its doors in 1990. Its state-of-the-art studios were soon regarded as a world-class training center for dancers, choreographers and educators.

To date, the Dancing Wheels Company’s inspirational mission has touched over 5 million people through performances, school assemblies, residencies and workshops. Millions more have enjoyed the Company’s artistry via appearances on CNN, Good Morning America, and the TV special “Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope.”

Reserved seating tickets are $8 for children and $10 for adults.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact MCPA Box Office at 419-423-2787 or visit marathoncenterarts.org.  MCPA is located at 200 West Main Cross Street, Findlay.  Office hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 Dancing Wheels is the final performance of the “TAP Package” at MCPA, a series of one-hour performances geared toward families at affordable prices. Dancing Wheels is also completing a week-long residency in area schools sponsored by The Arts Partnership.

 This performance is made possible by the support of Knueven, Schroeder, & Co., Findlay City Schools, Country Inn and Suites, Hancock County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and Ohio Arts Council.