By Emma Tracey
“I ran over to the piano and put my hand on it to feel the vibrations of the music,” remembers Mark Smith. Diagnosed as deaf at four years old, his first encounter with rhythm and dance was at his sister’s ballet class.
Smith couldn’t hear the music but was able to establish a rhythm from what he could feel. He says: “I began to copy the movements and the teacher encouraged me to join. “He went on to study dance at degree level and has worked as a choreographer for the past 20 years. Now Smith uses those early experiences to teach other deaf people how to dance.
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