Mary Verdi-FletcherMary Verdi-Fletcher


Dancing in my dreams....daring to be free!

How my wheelchair propelled me into a career in dance and activism.


As a pioneer and Founder of the Dancing Wheels Company & School, Mary Verdi-Fletcher created America’s first physically integrated dance company. By bringing together dancers both with and without disabilities, this art form not only provides entertainment, but fuels development and advancement for people with disabilities. With over forty years of experience in arts administration and advocacy, Mary has lead thousands of Americans with disabilities to landmark change in legislation for personal care assistance and accessible mainline public transportation.

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