So You Think You Can Dance is a popular reality television show, but the reality of watching the San Antonio Deaf Dance Company perform is truly show-stopping. The Company’s public performance is Friday, August 2 at 7 p.m. in the Warren High School Auditorium, 9411 Military Drive W. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
The San Antonio Deaf Dance Company is a one-of-a-kind leadership program for middle and high school deaf and hard of hearing students from the San Antonio area. Each summer they come together for a month-long dance camp learning new dance routines from guest choreographers. This year 40 students are participating from 4 school districts and the Texas School for the Deaf.
“My favorite part of watching the kids, is seeing the huge transformation within them from year to year,” says Director Carol Ann Broderson. “I really think they just want to show their parents, family, peers and the community that they are just like any other person. They are proud of themselves and who they are as Deaf individuals.”
This year’s theme is “Live. Love. And Just Dance,” and students are learning 15 different routines that range from hip hop to jazz to lyrical dance and skits. The performers and choreographers are hearing impaired, and though they cannot hear the music, it is not a barrier for them. They can feel the vibrations of the bass in the music, amplified through large speakers. Choreographers teach the steps to counts, and then repeat them over and over so that they can memorize the routines.
During breaks from rehearsing, the conversation flows even though the auditorium is quiet. Watching the students’ hands signing in rapid motion and their animated facial expressions, it’s clear that they have bonded throughout the Summer Dance Camp. Clearly, this experience is about so much more than “just dance.”
For more information visit the San Antonio Deaf Dance Company Facebook page.