Event Date(s):
May 13, 2013 (All day) to May 14, 2013 (All day)

Two Complementary Sessions:

Monday May 13, 3:00 - 5:00pm, for teachers & administrators
Tuesday, May 14, 9:45 - 11:45a, for teachers & students

Location: Marimor School, 2550 Ada Road, Lima, OH 45802


The Dancing Wheels Company & School will offer a FREE two day training session in the application and methodology of Physically Integrated Dance.   The training sessions described below are hosted and presented in conjunction with VSA Ohio and OhioDance.

Dancing Wheels Company and School

The first day, in a two hour session, teachers will have the opportunity to work with Mary Verdi-Fletcher, President/Founding Artistic Director for the Dancing Wheels Company & School and America’s first professional wheelchair dancer.  Mary and her School Coordinator/Company dancer, Emma Parker, will lead teachers through the history and evolution of this dance form.  They will use the tools offered in their newly published dance manual which offers guidance in evaluating students, translating dance movements to achieve maximum potential in students of all abilities in an inclusive and accessible setting.  Much of the information that will be discussed is based on research that was conducted by the Dancing Wheels Company and Artistic Advisor, Mark Tomasic over the span of the Company’s 32 years of operation and compiled for the manual.  At the conclusion of the session, teachers will have the opportunity to discuss concerns or questions that they may have encountered in working with students with disabilities in any kind of movement setting. 

The second day, Mary and Emma will offer a hands on movement/dance class for students and teachers to put into practice those methods discussed in the prior session.  The class offers students with varying abilities the opportunity to fully participate in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing.  We stress seeing the ability in every student and maximizing the potential in all.  Class begins with a “social activity” in which students sit in a circle and create a movement that represents their name, this activity allows for interaction between each student and the teacher(s) and enhances memory and cognitive skills.  After each student has an opportunity to participate in this exercise, we begin the “typical” class structure with a warm up, center work and across the floor exercises.  The final activity is a partnering session that is translated for everyone to be able to participate on an equal ground.  The session concludes with a question and answer segment.  It is key to establish a dialog between the student and teacher to gain trust and foster self-confidence and creativity.  The possibilities are endless and the experience lasts a life time!

Certificate of Participation is available and may be submitted for CEU credit ** 2-4 hours, depending on attendance

For more information and to register contact Erin Hoppe, 614.241.5325

Presented in partnership with  OhioDance logo

Funding for this workshop is provided by:

Ohio Department of Education
VSA at The Kennedy Center