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
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.
||Kuala Lumpur (47,575)
by Lee from UK|
Having watched as many videos as I could of this Elusive Chanteuse Tour, I was extremely worried for Mariah. That was until I saw the Kuala Lumpur video. I liked how there was less production in the concert, there was less dramatics and over the topness. It was literally Mariah singing her songs without a lot of the campness that goes with her perf... read more
(Friday 24 October 2014; 12:24)
||Marisa / Edward (47,574)
by Orkun from The Netherlands|
Appreciated. Very true. Thank you.
(Friday 24 October 2014; 11:50)
||Like a dragon (47,573)
by davidf from mexico|
Wow MC is like a dragon to me, that has been sleeping quietly, and something woke her up all of a sudden, to spit fire with that raw but beautiful voice of hers. I have been watching the videos from her Elusive tour and to see fans from there showing love for her and singing along Hero for example is totally glorious. I think her eyes and heart nee... read more
(Friday 24 October 2014; 8:02)
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