Brooklyn Nets Kids dancer defies odds, performs despite of severe hearing loss
Dec. 28, 2014
Every year, more than 500 kids aged 9-14 try out for the Brooklyn Nets Kids, a dance team comprised of 15 young dancers that perform at Brooklyn Nets games at the Barclay’s Center throughout the season.
Vako Gvelesiani is heading into his second year with the team, making the cut of 15 dancers twice.
“When they told me I made it, it was the biggest moment of my life,” Vako told TODAY.
A feat that is even more amazing considering that Vako suffers from severe hearing loss, and can only hear the beats of the music he dances to.
“When I listen to music, I only hear the beat, I can’t hear the lyrics,” Vako said. “But like to me, I think, you’re not supposed to hear the music you’re supposed to feel the music.”
Vako began losing his hearing when he was only 2 years old. While suffering from a 104-degree fever, his mother, Irma said, he started asking his parents to increase the volume of the television. A trip to the doctor revealed that Vako had hearing loss. The diagnosis, Vako said, was “a shock.”