Season 5, Episode 4: Mary Verdi-Fletcher

We welcome Mary Verdi-Fletcher, a professional wheelchair dancer and the founding Artistic Director of the Dancing Wheels Company, a physically integrated dance troupe that has operated in Northeast Ohio for over four decades. She also founded the Dancing Wheels School, which has since become the world’s epicenter for professional training in physically integrated dance. She and her company performed with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in 2015, where they were part of the world premiere of Stephen Melillo’s Symphony No. 4 “Lightfall” and also danced to the Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. She has been a tireless advocate for equal rights for disabled people, including lobbying for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Photo by: Mark Satola

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