Monthly Archives: September 2012

From the Teachers perspective

Here is a word from one our newest teachers, Jessica Kostoff, about her experience thus far with teaching students of various abilities in one of our Outreach Programs!

This month, I started teaching the class at Beachwood Adult Activities Center. The class has 8 participants in it and are all new to the Dancing Wheels program. We have had two successful classes so far. The participants worked on gaining flexibility and strength as well as working on social interactions and building a community in the classroom. The participants also worked on interacting with each other through a ball passing activity and learned some movement fundamentals by going across the floor and learning a dance to the song Firework. This was a fun final summer activity for the participants. We used colorful scarves that they threw up in the air like fireworks at the end of the dance.

There was growth in the participants in just one week. The first week they did not know what to expect and needed motivation to move. The second week they were showing me what they remembered and participated throughout the entire class. I am looking forward to the next classes and including some fall and Halloween activities with them. We are all having fun and the participants are getting to work with others. Not only are they learning dance and movement elements from me, but I am learning from them too. It has been a great experience so far and I love this class!!!!

Jessica Kostoff

We’d like to thank Jessica for being a great new addition to the team!



So you may have already learned about our Trainee program from a previous blog. We also offer Apprenticeship’s for dancers with performance experience and potential to be in the company. An Apprentice takes company classes as well as learns all the repertoire for performances. They also will have opportunities to perform with the company! This season Kelly Clymer has joined us as an Apprentice! We’d like to share a little about her and her previous dance experience.

Kelly Clymer is a newcomer to Dancing Wheels, and hails from Independence, Ohio. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercyhurst University with a degree in Dance Choreography and Art Therapy. Her performance credits include Les Patineurs, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, and Symphonie Italienne, along with original works of faculty and student choreographers. She has studied with noted professionals Carter Alexander, Melissa Bowman, Thom Clower, Vivi Flindt, Bruce Marks, Rasta Thomas, Trey McIntyre, and Diego Salterini. She has performed with Southwest Youth Ballet Company and The Mercyhurst Dancers under directors Kerry Skuderin, and Tauna Hunter respectively.


A quote from Kelly:

I’ve been a fan of Dancing Wheels since I saw them perform at the NorthEast Ohio Dance Festival years ago! I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to join them this season. Learning the repertoire, along with new pieces, has been great so far!



Wish her luck as she embarks on this new experience with the company!

The School of Dancing Wheels: Elise Lemanski

Every Saturday, The School of Dancing Wheels has classes for students of all ages to learn different dance techniques. We asked that each week one student writes a blog about their experiences at the school and how it’s effected their life.

This week, Elise Lemanski was chosen and here’s what she had to say!

“My first experience with Dancing Wheels started in middle school. My friend was involved with it, and I ended up doing the Theater Arts camp for several years. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to try taking classes. I started off only taking Modern and doing Junior Company. During this I realized that I love dance, and the next year I decided to do more, taking all the classes that I could. This also inspired me to try out for Dance Team at my school, which has been a lot of fun.

The teachers at Dancing Wheels are great. They really talk to you, and they feel like friends. They can be pretty silly, but when class starts, they become focused on dance. I have also met some great friends. I ended up really bonding with people in my classes, and we always have a good time together. I am looking forward to making even more friends this year, and creating an amazing performance piece with them and our teachers Emma and Isaah.”

(Elise, second from the right in pink dress)


Today we’d like to tell you about our Trainee program. A trainee is someone that is given the opportunity to be apart of all of the company classes and rehearsals, as well as learning pieces from the repertoire.

This season, Ja’Vaughn White has joined us as a Trainee.

Ja’Vaughn White is a newcomer to The Dancing Wheels Company & School. He was born in Detroit, MI and raised in Adrian, MI. In June 2012, he graduated from Adrian High School, where he was involved in The Dance Team, Concert Choir, Balladiers Show-choir, Tones Acapella Group and several high school musicals. He has performed in several plays at The Croswell Opera House including Fame, Footloose and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. For the past 4 years he has lead The Annual Thriller dance around the city each Halloween night. Ja’Vaughn studied dance at Encore Dance Studio, studying Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz and Hip-Hop. He is also a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has moved to Cleveland to begin his professional career with The Dancing Wheels Company & School and is excited to be able to do what he truly loves, dance.

Ja’Vaughn we love having you in the studio. Your energy and passion is inspiring!

In Studio

Today we’d like to share a bit about what goes on in the studio. Wednesday is a unique day because we start off our class at 9:30am instead of 10. We have a guest teacher, (Bill Wade) who comes in and teaches a Hawkins technique class. This is exciting for us because its something different from our usual classes and we get to share our space with Bill’s company and trainees!

At the beginning of this season, we welcomed a new dancer to the company (Shannon Sterne), as well as an apprentice (Kelly Clymer) and a trainee (Ja’Vaughn White). Since we are a repertoire company, there are many pieces that the new comers must begin learning in order to prepare for tours and upcoming performances. This week we’ve been focusing our attention on getting the dancers into such pieces as, Walking on Clouds, Far East of the Blues, Anomalies and many more. Can you imagine learning six different dances at the same time? Shannon, Kelly and Ja’Vaughn are doing it wonderfully!

This doesn’t happen everyday but Mary (Founder/Artist Director), bought presents, cards, pizza and cake to celebrate September birthdays!

Help us wish, Samantha Fox, Isaah Henderson and Sean Gilbert, the happiest of birthdays!!!

School of Dancing Wheels 2012/2013 Opening Day!

Saturday September 15th the studios of Dancing Wheels were buzzing with new and familiar faces during our 1st day of classes.  Waking up earlier than ever before, students started the day off with a new contemporary class with Emma where they focused on strength, flexibility, and contemporary partnering.  With help from parent volunteers, the rest of the students began registration and dispersing to their classes, with incredible enthusiasm.  Our Level I; Ballet had two new students (sisters) that have no prior dance experience.  We are proud to have them join our family, as they did an amazing job picking up our integrated technique.  We want to encourage more families to bring siblings to take class together.  It helps socialization as well as partnership as they can practice together outside of the studios.  As more new faces arrived, we welcomed the growth and potential that we can see in our 2012/2013 seasons.  Our School of Dancing Wheels Performance Ensemble already has three performances lined up for this year.  The students will work together under the supervision of the School Coordinator to create pieces that will travel to venues around the Cleveland area.  These students will also partner with the Young Audiences ArtWorks dancers to collaborate through social media, technology, and distant learning to create a piece to share for performances. 

Registration for classes is ongoing throughout the year, so we invite you to come and try out a class and see what fits you or your child’s needs best.  We can even custom create a private class for your family! 
Be on the look out each Saturday for a blog from one of our students.  This week is a member of the SDWPE (School of Dancing Wheels Performance Ensemble) Elise Lemanski.  
For more information please contact:
Emma Parker
School Coordinator
office 216-432-0306

The Dancing Wheels Company & School

Dancing Wheels Company & School has joined the blogging stratosphere! This is a glimpse into the everyday lives of our company. 

Below is our mission and purpose that guides us to inspire access in the arts to all individuals.

Our company’s lifelong mission to educate, advocate and entertain through compelling, innovative dance was born of the goals that each of our team members shares a heartfelt commitment to:
Enhance integration and diversity in the arts with works uniting people of all abilities. 
Provide successful, independent and creative role models for those with disabilities.
Erase negative stereotypes about people with disabilities in professional careers, primarily in the arts.
Instill greater understanding and professionalism in individuals of all ability levels.

In this blog you will see the company’s upcoming tours, events and performances. Today, we would like to spotlight the start of a new season for the School of Dancing Wheels. 

Registration starts tomorrow, September 15th at 8:30am, but will continue throughout the season. The studio will be buzzing with students taking classes in, Contemporary, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop and Jazz. By the end of the day students will learn choreography and performance skills through the School of Dancing Wheels Performance Ensemble, which you will see dancing throughout Cleveland. 

For more information and registration forms:

Emma Parker – School Coordinator

Office: 216-432-0306


The Dancing Wheels Company & School

The School of Dancing Wheels teaches integrated technique to participants with and without disabilities. We serve ages 2 & up through dance/movement classes, ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. Our classes run through the school year and students get the opportunity to perform throughout Cleveland through our School of Dancing Wheels Performance Ensemble (SDWPE). Our mission is to the promote the idea of accessible art for every individual. We are always taking registration for new students. Please contact us for more information.