Cut loose, footloose with these dancing kids from the Alberta School for the Deaf
'If you're deaf and you can't hear the music, you can definitely feel the vibrations'
Alberta School for the Deaf vice principal Shelly Prain remembers that when she studied at the National Ballet School, people were surprised that she could dance. Being deaf, the assumption was that she couldn't hear the music — and therefore, she'd have a difficult time moving to it.
But Prain points out that dance is about movement, about knowing the rhythm. And she takes apart the stereotype, saying, "We have deaf doctors, deaf lawyers, deaf dancers — we can be anything...I think people need to take down that mindset."
Enter DanceED Movement Project, a program in Edmonton started by dancers Andrea Gregorio and Krista Deady. The Alberta School for the Deaf is among the many schools they take their empowering dance workshops to. Recently, Gregorio, Deady and a bunch of enthusiastic kids spent a week learning some dynamic routines in a gym equipped with a powerful subwoofer and danced it out, getting ready for a performance in front of their parents and the community at the end of the week.
In this video, sit in on the group's rehearsals and learn about why this program means so much to Gregorio and Deady and the kids they work with.
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