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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!

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Updates from our Outreach program!

Jessica Kostoff teaches one of our Outreach classes in Beachwood, Ohio. She has given us some insight on the progress of the students and what to look forward too!

The Beachwood adult class is amazing!  We have been having so much fun in class!  Everyone comes in excited to move!  During October we had a great Halloween class.  We played some games and worked on creative movement activities.  We played pass the pumpkin with a small pumpkin and pretended it was different weight and shapes and how to handle it like so.  We also did the Monster Mash!  The participants kept asking to do it again and again.  We also explored with movement across the floor as Halloween creatures.  A participant from the previous class requested that I bring in some disco music, and I did, so we built a dance together.  We went around the circle and each person added a movement on.  Everyone enjoyed being able to participate in the creation of a dance. 

 

                In the next few classes we are going to work further on building dances and movement phrases together and putting meaning behind them.  We are also going to work on a creative movement series called, “Ready, Set, Move”.   This has several steps to it and will take a few class periods.  It works a lot with listening and following directions.  It also works with colors, numbers and movements that they get to do and review all those skills.  I am looking forward to building more skills with them and enjoying the holidays with them.  They are a special group of people and I always look forward to going to see them!

Dancing Wheels loves spreading our message as well as giving people a chance to be themselves and dance with abandon! If there is a group of students, with or without disabilities, that you think would be interest in a program like this?

Then contact our office at (216) 432-0306 or email our School Coordinator at school@dancingwheels.org

 

The Dancing Wheels School: Taylor Amanda Evans

This week we’d like to introduce you to Taylor!

I first heard about Dancing Wheels from Youth Challenge. I love watching the T.V. series So You Think You Can Dance because of all the cool routines and for all the people to go out there and perform their hearts out, that inspired me to dance as well. Dance is my way of expressing myself and escaping all my troubles. I’m in my second season now with the company and I love it! I am a member of the performance group and it’s really fun to perform with my best friends. When do I plan to stop you ask NEVER!

-Taylor Amanda Evans

Taylor (center) in the dressing during “The Snowman” Production.

The School of Dancing Wheels: Jamaica Nida

Like always, each Saturday one of our students writes a blog about their experience with the School of Dancing Wheels. This time its Jamaica’s turn. She is one of our senior members at the school and has even performed with the company in the past! See what she had to say below:

So it all started when i was about 4 years old, i remember it like it was not too long ago. My first teacher’s name was Todd and my first performance was at The Fine Arts Association. From there i began to learn so many new skills that i enjoy, such as skills like how to do a full turn in a wheelchair and other new skills like how to perform onstage. This past year i was in The Snowman for the 4th time. i was going to be onstage with some of the company members which meant i would have to learn how to use some of the stage props in the show, which did not work out well. i love being here because i get to learn the skills i need for dance as well as theater, music, i’m also wanting to be in commercals and movies and stuff. And now with that being said i would like
to share with you some of my favorite things of mine.

1. “Ohmigod You Guys” – Legally Blonde: The Musical – Original Cast
This is one of the songs in my favorite musical Legally blonde. which i will be in at Beavercreek Community theater next summer.

2. Legally Blonde – Positive – Broadway Performance
This is another video from the broadway version (the first one was from the same show). This song is called positive, this song rocks and i
love the dance break to it. i actually know how to do it too!

The School of Dancing Wheels: Meghan Drops

Here it is again! A blog from one of students. This time Meghan Drops is telling us about her experience with the school.

This is our second week of classes. I’m glad to be back and
seeing all my friends and teachers. I’m enjoying all my classes. I’ve been dancing since I was five years old in various studies. I joined Dancing Wheels about four years ago while, attending the Dancing Wheels Adult Summer Workshop. I enjoyed it so much I decided to join classes at the school and I have been doing it ever since. I’m a member of Junior Company and now Performance Ensemble.
We continue to improve our technique in ballet, modern, contemporary and hip-hop. Our teachers are great in helping us work on our strengths and weaknesses. I have also been able to be a volunteer assistant at the Youth Summer Workshops and the Theater Arts Workshops.
In Performance Ensemble this week, each student started to pick music and start to choreograph a dance for the ensemble to dance. It will be exciting to see everyone’s ideas for dances.

If you think your child would benefit from being part of a performance ensemble, contact our School Coordinator! We hope to see many new faces this season!

Emma Parker
School Coordinator
School@dancingwheels.org
216-432-0306

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.”

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(Elise, second from the right in pink dress)