Gallaudet Dance Company

Gallaudet Dance Company members demonstrated graceful movements while conveying a powerful message of hope in their performance of "Hero" at the May 9 installation of Dr. Robert Davila as Gallaudet's ninth president. The popular song by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff was choreographed and translated into ASL by Maya Yamada, '92 & G-'96, a former member of the acclaimed dance company. Performing the song were Sisakoth Chhun, Jasmine Fuller, Jessica Johnson, Virginia Jordan, Ismella Saul, and Jenna Woodburn.
An encore performance took place at the 138th Commencement exercises on May 11, where the dancers were joined by Regina Bellamy, Ashley Mingo, Sky Samuel, Sarah Schell, and Jamine Zachery for their dance interpretations of "The Power of Love", "Rocka My Soul", and the late deaf theater giant - and Dance Company member - Gil Eastman's "Just a Deaf Person's Thoughts".
The Dance Company has performed at every Gallaudet Commencement exercise since 1956. Dance Company Director Diane Hottendorf said the dancers first performed "Hero" after the national tragedy of September 11, 2001, when America was looking for a hero in its effort to unite and stand strong. Hottendorf said the dancers felt that the song was an appropriate one for Gallaudet as Dr. Davila leads it to a brighter future.

(Inside Gallaudet)

Thursday 17 May 2007
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Edward (45,603) by Shelly from United States

I misunderstood why you brought up the starving kids comment, I thought you were saying that all stars make dumb remarks sometimes. But anyway, I'm glad Mariah didn't say it. Yeah, I never like when she shades any other artists, why even mention them. Most of the time she doesn't though. Why do interviewers always have to bring up other artists? It... read more
(Saturday 26 July 2014; 2:21)
Money ($*/...) and starving children (45,602) by Shelly from United States

Mimi L, I like your idea. Jet plane would probably be better because that's what it says in the song. She does look gorgeous in those pics. She looks like she's a really healthy 30 year old, her skin. I loved the shoes and that her toned legs reemerged. I'm so glad she didn't really say that about the starving children. I had heard that before but ... read more
(Saturday 26 July 2014; 2:10)
And I dream the impossible dream (45,601) by Bill from UK

I never thought this was a reference to "The Impossible" from MOAIA, but more likely a reference to the very popular song if the same name, reading the lyrics they seem very Mariah-y about strife and fighting for what you know is right, even if it is to your detriment. I love the song, and it's on my wish list for Mariah to cover (and has been for ... read more
(Friday 25 July 2014; 23:02)
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