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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Michele part 2 (46,201) by Mimi L. from

Oh sorry, I re-read your post. You are right men can be equally vulnerable. That's why I used the term "relatively". I do think compared to Mariah, it will be easier for Nick to move on. He's young, fairly rich and charming. Comparing to Nick with Robin Williams will be a mistake. Robin was in his 60s. He already passed the peak in his career and h... read more
(Thursday 21 August 2014; 23:12)
Michele (46,200) by Mimi L. from

You may be right, but that's just my opinion. The opinion comes from the fact that Mariah is very insecure about herself. I am not against Nick either. I really do wish them the best. I am a girl myself, I don't believe women are weak. However if it offends you, then I'm sorry. My main point is, I hope they reach a solution where they are both happ... read more
(Thursday 21 August 2014; 22:08)
Mariah's legacy (46,199) by Anthony Basco from Wales

I've been thinking and feeling this for a while now so I thought I'd share it with you guys to see what you think. There is a vulnerability to Mariah's voice and lyrics that is missing in either Whitney or The Beatles, there is so no dancing skill to dazzle the audience like Michael Jackson and no chameleon ability to transform like Madonna. But I ... read more
(Thursday 21 August 2014; 22:07)
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