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Brooklyn Nets Kids dancer defies odds, performs despite of severe hearing loss

January 8, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

TODAY News
Elizabeth Murray
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.”

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Inspirational deaf dancer Macy Baez going for hip hop gold in US

August 1, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Illawarra Mecury, Australia
By LISA WACHSMUTH

July 22, 2014
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Born profoundly deaf, Albion Park hip hop dancer Macy Baez doesn’t hear the beat of the music the same as the rest of her crew, rather she “feels the music”.

The 14-year-old is part of Crew Illagroovers, a young dance troupe that will jet off to the United States next week to represent Australia in an international hip hop competition.

Macy’s drive and talent has inspired many, including NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka, who on Tuesday presented the crew from Street Beatz Hip Hop studio with a $5000 cheque to help them on their way.

“Macy is one determined little individual. It was my honour to meet her and help her get one step closer to the United States to dance,” he said. “… Macy is a great role model for all young people with disability.”

The Dapto High School student, who has bilateral Cochlear implants, said she was thrilled to be able to compete on a global stage.

The crew of seven, aged from 12 to 14, will compete in the varsity section of the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas from August 4 to 10 and Macy is going for gold.

“I’m going there to win,” she said. “I’m very excited, and a bit nervous, but I love competing because it’s a lot of fun and it has a serious side too.”

Not only has Macy’s dancing improved since she started lessons six years ago, so has her hearing.

“I have to listen hard for the beat,” she said. “I feel it before I hear it.”