posted January 24, 2011

Dancing Wheels Dance Company to Present Master Class and Concert

Members of the Hope community will have two opportunities to experience the Dancing Wheels Dance Company of Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, Feb. 4:  a master class at 8:30 a.m. and a concert at 7:30 p.m.

The dance company, brought to Holland by Disability Network/Lakeshore and presented in cooperation with Hope, will lead a workshop in physically integrated dance on Friday, Feb. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the dance studio (room 207)  in the Dow Center.  The campus community is invited to the workshop, and admission is free.

Participants in the workshop will take an in-depth look at physically integrated dance through adaptive translation, integrated partnering techniques and the opportunity to try dancing in a wheelchair.  Participants of mixed abilities, with or without disabilities, are encouraged to attend.

The workshop precedes the company's performance on Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre.  Tickets for the concert are $15 for regular admission and $12 for senior citizens and students, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

Dancing Wheels Company is a professional dance troupe that educates, entertains and advocates through inclusive dance.  The troupe has been in existence for 30 years and is recognized worldwide as America's first and foremost physically integrated dance company.

The concert is part of the Disability Network's ongoing celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The college's events and conferences office and department of dance are among the concert's sponsors.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.  The Dow Center is located at 168 E. 13th St., on 13th Street at Columbia Avenue.