Blind and deaf dancers take to the floor just as well as any able bodied person. In fact, they feel the music even more than most. Using a method called touch – feel an instructor is able to guide a visually impaired dancer through hands and voice cues. Holding hands, blind and deaf dancers demonstrate different postures that go with the rhythm of the music. Dancers who are deaf and have speech impairment, the dance teacher guides them by hand and helps them to feel the music and the meaning of the song.
Not only does the touch-feel method help but a lot of patience, coordination and team work is important to teach blind and deaf dancers.
Overseas Relations Manager at The Samarthanam Trust, Kusum Tamang says:
“It takes twice the effort and time to train them in the dances buy once they understand, they stick to the discipline and meticulously remember the moves”
The keys to group members success is:
Angela Lee Duckworth, a teacher that realised IQ wasn’t separating students, it was grit:
According to Duckworth, grit is defined as:
“passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality”
Blind and deaf dancers of any age can be taught to enjoy dance and movement. This does require long and intricate preparation to attain that goal. Challenges faced by those with sensory impairments are underestimated – including those who support them.
People with this disability are not necessarily totally without sight or hearing. Some have added learning disabilities while others a physical impairment with high IQ.
All people crave recreational activities and this is even more vital for blind and deaf people. It prevents them from being isolated and gives them a sense of independence. Dancing is perhaps one of the most therapeutic stimuli people with disabilities can experience.
Deaf Blind Dancer teaches how in this YouTube video