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December 15, 2008: Artistry meets business: Dancing Wheels taps Pande Associates for coaching role. The world-famous Dancing Wheels Company and School wants to make giant steps as the first modern dance company integrating professional stand-up and wheelchair dancers, and has hired business coach Prafulla Pande of Pande Associates Inc. to guide the company’s growth.

Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Dancing Wheels president and founding artistic director, said selecting Pande as business coach will help secure Dancing Wheels’ future.

“I would like to see a more solid administrative environment in which cash flow issues are resolved, a strong management team in place, together with a board of directors with vibrant ideas and the ability to reach fundraising goals,” Verdi-Fletcher said. “I believe Praf Pande can help us get there.”

Pande, who is based in metro Detroit, welcomes the challenge. “This is a great opportunity for me to help this unique organization grow and sustain itself for years to come,” he said. “Coaching people to create successful businesses has been my passion for years, and now working with an organization like Dancing Wheels is an absolute pleasure.”

About Dancing Wheels - Dancing Wheels is the first modern dance company to integrate professional stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers. Mary Verdi-Fletcher, president and founding artistic director started the company in 1980, and for more than 25 years, Dancing Wheels has performed, taught and inspired children and adults of all abilities around the world. In the U.S., the company presents more than 100 performances, reaching audiences of 125,000 each year. The troupe has performed on numerous TV programs, such as “CBS Sunday Morning,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and on CNN.  Dancing Wheels is located at 3615 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115. For more information, visit www.dancingwheels.org or phone (216) 432-0306.