On July 4, 1995, Dwayne Scheuneman dived headfirst into a swimming pool and fractured his C-7 vertebra. The accident left him a quadriplegic.
This weekend, he dances at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Shimberg Playhouse, part of Asher Dance Eclectic dance troupe's performance of Wheels in Motion. Ten pieces will be performed, to music that ranges from Janet Jackson to Cherry Poppin' Daddies. There also are several modern dance pieces and a dance/skit, which re-enacts a controversial DUI-manslaughter case from New Tampa.
Created by dance therapist Elizabeth Robins-Edelson, Asher Dance Eclectic accepts all kinds of dancers _ physically handicapped or not. Christina Pate was born with a spinal cord injury. Bob Theisen has multiple sclerosis. Melissa Hulse has arthrogryposis, a disease that has weakened her muscles. She walks with leg braces.
Scheuneman, a former UPS driver, said he never wanted to dance. Now, "I really enjoy it," he said.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and $17. (813) 229-7827 or www.tbpac.org.
_ BABITA PERSAUD, Times staff writer