Archive for April, 2008

Dancing Wheels Company & School

America’s Premier Physically Integrated Dance Company

Audition Notice for Wheelchair Dancers

The Dancing Wheels Company is currently seeking dancers, apprentices and trainees for employment in the 2008-2009 Season.

Dancing Wheels works with national and internationally acclaimed choreographers each year. Most recent works include full-length pieces from Rosalind Newman, David Rousseve, Rebecca Darling of Pilobulus, Nai-Ni Chen Company, Robert Wesner, Christopher Fleming and Dianne McIntyre.

Dance positions offer full 52-week contracts, competitive rates of compensation, and an opportunity to travel throughout the country and abroad (with all expenses paid). 

The company is auditioning male and female sit-down (wheelchair*) dancers. Apprentices receive professional training, performance opportunities and a stipend.  Trainees receive professional training and limited performance opportunities.  Sit-down dancers do not need prior dance experience, but should be athletic, with excellent speed and wheelchair agility. Most importantly, potential sit-down dancers must possess a willingness to learn. All applicants should be comfortable with speaking in front of large audiences. The Dancing Wheels Company provides training in these areas.

Auditions will be scheduled on an individual basis and will include a full class with modern and partnering sections. Please bring resume, headshots and samples of work, if available.

Please call 216.432.0306 or email Mary Verdi-Fletcher at vfletcher1@aol.com to schedule an audition.

Audition Location:

The Dancing Wheels Studios

3615 Euclid Avenue, 3rd Floor

Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216-432-0306 Fax: 216-432-0308


E-email: vfletcher1@aol.com





*Dancers with disabilities who are not everyday wheelchair users, but willing to adapt to wheelchair technique are also welcome.



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Can unarmed seaborne civilians end the siege of Gaza?

In August 2008, unarmed Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, Europeans, Africans and Asians will sail directly from Cyprus to Gaza without going through Israeli territory and without seeking permission from Israeli authorities.
Why Gaza?
Why now?

Come learn about this nonviolent resistance action and help make it happen!
What: Educational/Informational Event
Dr. Paul Larudee, co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement
Dr. Salem Al-Ajluni, UN Envoy to Gaza
When: Sunday 6th April, 2008
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Muslim Community Association (Banquet Hall)
Address: 3003 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, California
$5 – $10 requested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
To donate directy to the Free Gaza Movement, make tax-deductible payment to The Free Gaza Movement, 405 Vista Heights Rd., El Cerrito, CA 94530. Donations are 501(c)(3) federal tax exempt.
For more info about the non-violent action visit the website: http://www.freegaza.org



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~~~ Confront the President of El Salvador!~~~~
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The Salvadoran Community of Southern California &
International Solidarity and
The Los Angeles Progressive Movement make the following urgent request for your solidarity and collaboration:
Join us in a protest demonstration to confront the right-wing President of El Salvador, Antonio “Tony” Saca and the presidential candidate of the ARENA party, Rodrigo Avila, who is also the former Director of the violent National Civil Police.
Sunday, April 6, 2008  — Assemble at 3:00 p.m.
Wilshire Ebell Theater   4400 Wilshire Blvd near Crenshaw and Wilshire
= Event is concert by ARENA supporter and singer Alvaro Torres which Saca and Avila will attend=
Wilshire Blvd. going East to Lucerne Blvd.  Turn right on Lucerne Blvd.
The theatre is located one block south of Wilshire on the corner of 8th Street
and Lucerne Blvd.  (4 blocks west of Crenshaw Blvd.)
A map to the Wilshire Ebell is available at www.mapquest.com by entering the address and
zip code 90005-3707
Bring banners and picket signs addressing the issues below!
  * The corrupt ARENA government which has, in the last five years, “governed” over the collapse of the health care system of El Salvador and
the impoverishment of the working families of El Salvador.
  * The escalating human rights abuses and military and police repression of the civil population of El Salvador, and their visit to Los Angeles, seeking collaboration from the LAPD and the City of Los Angeles in this systematic, violent abuse of activists and community people.
   *  El Salvador’s role as the only Latin American country to capitulate to President Bush and send military troops to Iraq, where young Salvadorans have died in combat.
   *  The nomination of Rodrigo Avila, former chief of the Salvadoran police and often nicknamed “Rambo” in the Salvadoran press, as the ARENA candidate to
continue the Saca policies which are imposing horrendous suffering on the people of El Salvador.
  * ARENA support for CAFTA and other trade agreements plunging the Salvadoran people into great poverty.
  * ARENA support for the ILEA [International Law Enforcement Agency] now training police in El Salvador the way the School of the Americas trains the military of Latin America…since the opening of the Academy, police repression has escalated.
  * Policies of privatization, exploitation, repression and corruption… the Salvadoran  people have suffered enough!  Help say “NO” to five more years of ARENA government.
This demonstration is endorsed and sponsored by a broad collection of labor, human rights and community groups from both the Salvadoran community, the North American solidarity movement and communities representing Central American countries and Latin American activists.  All members of our community who honor and love social and economic justice, respect for the poor and for working families, peace and civil and human rights endorse this event.  Temporarily, inquiries can be made to:


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