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How This Deaf Dancer Hears the Music

19 Apr

How This Deaf Dancer Hears the Music

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Kaitlyn Guay

The known way is not the only way.

Just as a 6 becomes a 9 when turned on its head, indisputable truths can change with each fresh perspective. (See: earth, not so flat).

Shaheem became deaf at the age of four. His father, who died before he was born, was a dancer. At eleven, Shaheem felt compelled to dance, as a connection to the man he never knew. Much like Beethoven, he uses the vibration of the music to ascertain the beat, then memorizes the tempo and counts to four over and over, until the song is done.

Shaheem has faced discrimination and doubt by other dancers and choreographers who fear he won’t be able to dance with them, as he can’t hear the beat.

But he can. Just not how hearing people do.

@SoulPancake’s inspiring video on Shaheem shows the incredible grit and gumption he has to push his dance into a world that believes dancers must hear to perform with music. It is a beautiful reminder that all it takes is tenacity and the will not to give up for someone to change the way we view the world.

As online high school students and students looking to broaden their educational options know, the known way is not the only way. That’s why on April 25th, educational researcher and co-founder of CMASAS Tamra Excell will be hosting a free webinar to help parents and students who are looking outside the box discover the world of personalized education. We’d be honored for you to join us for our webinar “Exploring School Options” on Tuesday, April 25th at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST! Through this webinar, you can expect to:

  • Discover the most important questions you need to ask first when considering your educational options
  • Explore what it really means to offer students a personalized education, and learn how to avoid bait-and-switch marketing tactics
  • Empower your child with the skills really needed to excel in our dynamic, modern world

Deciding which option to pursue once you’ve jumped out of the traditional schooling nest can be overwhelming, frustrating, and even a little bit scary. Whether you decide our school is a good fit for your child or not, we hope this webinar will hand you the tools you need to ensure the best education for your child’s needs.

To sign up and learn more, head over to: https://goo.gl/Wj4vQZ