When Cheryl Angelelli broke her neck in a swimming accident at 14, she never imagined she would, years later, elegantly dance across a ballroom. In fact, Angelelli not only performs as a wheelchair dancer, she spearheads a movement to create opportunities for other individuals in wheelchairs to learn ballroom dance.
Angelelli and her professional dance partner, Tamerlan Gadirov, are the No. 1-ranked wheelchair ballroom dance couple in the U.S., and they will teach a wheelchair ballroom dance class on Saturday, April 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Brookfield studio (15760 W. Capital Dr., Brookfield).
This is the first of its kind in the Fred Astaire Wisconsin region and we are hoping you can all join us! This will be a FREE introduction to wheelchair ballroom dance class. Both manual and power wheelchair users welcome. You may bring dance partner with you, or we’ll provide a professional dance partner for you! Attendees will learn different dance styles from the top ranked wheelchair ballroom dance couple in the U.S., Cheryl Angelelli and Tamerlan Gadirov!
Angelelli is the co-founder of Dance Mobility, a free wheelchair ballroom dance program that was created in 2015 at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where Angelelli and Gadirov train. A grant from the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Foundation supports the program.
“I know how much joy dancing has brought me, and I want to share it with other people with disabilities and help them experience the freedom of movement,” says Angelelli. “I may not dance with my feet, but I dance with my heart.
Also participating in the April 6 class, is Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin 2019, Autumn Neugent. She has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair.
“I cannot wait to participate in this event. I am excited to learn how to move and feel elegant in my wheelchair,” Neugent says. “My platform as Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin is Ability Awareness. Showing folks that we have so many abilities is a passion of mine. My motto is, ‘don’t let the wheelchair fool you.’”
Space is limited so call today to reserve your spot at 262-796-1121. This free class is being sponsored by the RIM Foundation.