Dancing Wheels

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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Author Patricia McMahon takes us backstage with the Dancing Wheels dance company and into the lives of two young dancers ? Jenny, a ?sit-down” dancer, and her partner Devin, a ?stand-up” dancer. She also introduces readers to the woman who founded the company, Mary Verdi-Fletcher. Mary was born with spina bifida but always dreamed of becoming a dancer. When she grew up, she not only fulfilled that dream, she made it possible for others to follow in her path.
Photographer John Godt has captured the daily hard work and joyful moments in the studio as well as the incredible transformation of the dancers after months of preparation. Once they are onstage, a special, almost indescribable magic occurs ? a dramatic choreography of wheels, arms, legs, color, costumes, lighting, music, and movement: the magic of Dancing Wheels.

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User Review  - bsalomon - LibraryThing

Devin and Jenny are dancers for a Dance Company called the dancing wheels. Devin is a stand up dancer and Jenny is a sit down dancer. Mary Verdi-Fletcher opened the dancing wheels Dance Company ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A stereotype about people with disabilities is shattered by this introduction to a dance company known as Dancing Wheels, a group composed of "sit down" and "stand-up" dancers. The story begins with ... Read full review


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About the author (2000)

Patricia McMahon is the author of several highly acclaimed photoessays for children, including ONE BELFAST BOY, praised by THE BULLETIN as "powerful and provocative," and SIX WORDS, MANY TURTLES, and THREE DAYS IN HONG KONG, described by Kirkus Reviews as "an excellent slice of living theater . . . disarmingly matter-of-fact and authentic." She has lived overseas and traveled extensively. Ms. McMahon lives in Houston with her husband and their two children, Conor and Claire.

John Godt is a professional photographer who lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Donovan.

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