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Cleveland Ingenuity Festival 2013

Greetings Readers!,

It has been quite some time since we’ve shared with you what the company has been up to. Busy none the less. We’d love to get you back up to speed on everything that’s happened but that will all come in a later post. Today we’d like to share that we have the privilege of performing at the 2013 Cleveland Ingenuity Festival! On Saturday the company will be performing an excerpt of “Walking on Clouds” in a warehouse with a twist! Our founding/artist director, Mary Verdi-Fletcher has collected footage from a documentary that shares the feats of people with and without disabilities coming together to capture the inaccessible buses. It promises to be an unforgettable and moving performance. If you’re visiting the Cleveland area this weekend, we recommend that you stop by the Cleveland Port at 1pm on Saturday to see the company perform!

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DUMBO Auditions!

Happy New Year Everyone!

The company has returned to the studio to continue working on upcoming performances and the school is back in session getting ready for our production of Dumbo! In May, The Dancing Wheels Company and School will be bringing Dumbo to life on stage at the “St. Ignatius, Breen Center”.

This Saturday, January 26th from 2-3:30pm at the Dancing Wheels Studios we will be holding 
open call auditions for the student piece in Dumbo.  Students auditioning will take a small
modern class/warm up, learn a small section of choreography and then be asked to
present a small performance of their choice.  This can be either a small dance,
they can give a small speech, show a picture they have drawn, or sing.  We do
ask that these pieces be no longer than 30 seconds to a minute.  All students
will receive a part in the show, this is just an opportunity for them to
understand how an audition works.  They should wear dance attire with no loose
clothing. Also, have your hair pulled back and neat.

Auditions are taking place at our studios in Cleveland, Ohio at The Masonic Temple.

3615 Euclid ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44113

For more information/questions, email our school coordinator; Emma Parker at school@dancingwheels.org

Look forward to seeing you there!

Bus 52 Presents: The Dancing Wheels Company and School

When Dancing Wheels performed at West Virginia Northern Community College this past October, Bus 52 met us there to learn about what we do and why we do it. Here is the final product of that collaboration!

The School of Dancing Wheels Ensemble collaborates with Unveil, ArtWorks Dance Performance Company

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This past Saturday the dancers of the Performance Ensemble took class and rehearsal with the students from the after school program ArtWorks. These students are in internships learning how to create and be in a professional dance company. The two groups will be working together throughout this semester in creating some works to be performed in December. The ArtWorks dance company Unveil were asked to write about their experience at Dancing Wheels and their responses are below. The two groups will be meeting again November 3rd.

Najader

My experience with Dancing Wheels was great. I learned that it’s people first. It was nice to meet and dance with students and people with disabilities. They weren’t as different as anyone else. They still had emotions and feelings, and to me they were pretty happy. It was fun to see and learn how it feels to be in a wheelchair and having to use all of your upper body strength. I can’t wait to go back and dance with Dancing Wheels again!

Marcus

I enjoyed working with the Dancing Wheels Company School Ensemble. It was a very fun experience. I loved when we worked on choreography. The techniques were insightful and interesting.

Olivia

This Saturday at the Dancing Wheels Dance Company I had a good experience. I enjoyed moving with the dancers with disabilities, and I was inspired by how they and the whole company don’t let their disabilities hold them back! I really learned not to be discouraged or let something hold me back in dance or in life. I loved everybody’s positive attitudes and learning how to ride and move in the wheels chairs!

Marrisa

My experience at Dancing Wheels was awesome. I had a really good time working with the School Ensembles. I really liked how we did different dance moves with the wheel chairs. I didn’t know you could use wheel chairs in all of those different ways. My favorite part was riding on the back of the electric wheel chair and keeping a pose while doing it.

Samantha

As I walked into the Dancing Wheels studio, I was hesitant, nervous for new experience and excited for new friends. Once I saw Motion teaching hip-hop, I thought it was all over. I have no rhythm. Hip-hop is not my favorite style of dance, but Motion helped me understand how to move. Once we started to interact with the dancers with disabilities, I was amazed. They were keeping up with all standing dancers phenomenally. Some could retain better then I could. Then we tried getting in their shoes, or I should say chairs. The experience was eye opening and extremely fun. I am ecstatic I have that memory and anticipating the next visit to be just as great!

Katrina

I went to a small Quaker elementary school where there were at least two special needs kids in every class. I think the best thing you can do with special needs is to talk to them, and meet them at their level, and include them. I strived to do that last Saturday. It was interesting to learn wheelchair techniques, but I was acutely aware of the fact that, unlike some of the girls in the class, my experience in the wheelchair was only temporary.

Willia

My experience in working with dancers with disabilities was interesting. I was surprised to know how much the students talked. I always thought they were quiet but going to Dancing Wheels proved otherwise. They were as eager as I was to learn and I found it refreshing. They were also fun to work with because the shapes that we were able to create were unique. I also did an arabesque on one of the student’s motorized wheelchair, which I thought I couldn’t do but I tried it and accomplished it.

Apprentice

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.

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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!

Yays.

-Shmelly

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

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: 

http://www.dancingwheels.org

Emma Parker – School Coordinator 

school@dancingwheels.org

Office: 216-432-0306