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
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.
Thursday 17 May 2007
The songtress (55,554)
by Mirage_Nunez from America
Languishing, Angels Cry, H.A.T.E.U, Christmas Time Is In The Air, When Christmas Comes, Cry, Faded, Camoflauge etc. are all examples that Mariah still remains a skillfully majestic songwriter. That's one thing people can't say she has lost IMO, because I can always point to a gem on each album. (Friday 31 July 2015; 1:42)
Mariah's stage presence (55,553)
by Ty from USA
Her Mimi show was so good, she did her snippets, she did a hot version of "It's like that", she's not a dancer, so stop waiting to see her do a routine. (Friday 31 July 2015; 0:35)
by Jake from New Zealand
No, I'm not joking, or trying to get any attention. Merely stating my opinion like every other user on this board. I think that Mariah's writing hasn't unfortunately gotten better with time. I mean Infinity? I liked Camouflage and Cry was ok (I guess) but they don't hold a candle to her previous work. (Thursday 30 July 2015; 22:28)
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