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Deaf Dance Imagine feeling music instead of hearing it Imagine knowing each beat each quarter note each word without ever hearing a sound Griver Could you dance in time in rhythm to a song if youve never heard it The thought seems nearly impossible for those who have their hearing I have most of my hearing and I could never do any of this I blame it on an inner ear problem that affects my balance but I truly think that some people are gifted in various arts There are people out there that were meant to dance as luck would have it they ended up deaf but they were still meant to dance In the early years an interpreter was provided for signed translation of music during school productions Later a song was requested which did not lend itself to a sign language interpretation Johnson Instead it was danced and a new art form was born Inspired by a vision of integration between deaf and hearing cultures it uses visual language the basis of deaf culture and fuses that with expressive dance and live music The Company Almost every School for the Deaf has a dance program The only ones that dont are only because of budget dilemmas Gallaudet University is the most famous of deaf institutions The story of Gallaudet Dance Company begins in 1955 when Dr Peter Wisher a professor in the Department of Physical Education observed a student signing The Lords Prayer during a campus ceremony Impressed by the beauty and movement of the signs he saw the possibility of using signs as a foundation for dance movement He invited interested students to a meeting to explore this possibility At first this was not a performing company but rather a recreational activity Students got together two or three times a week for an hour of fun and social enjoyment Word of the club spread and the
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