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Deaf Aspirations Day

On Tuesday 2th February the Hearing Impaired Resource Base took year 7 and 8 students Heathcoat School for their annual Deaf Aspirations Day.

This year students had the opportunity to meet and dance with professional Deaf dancer Chris Fonseca. Chris taught the students a hip hop routine, which they performed at the end of the day, to students and teachers. They all had an amazing time. (Picture: Alsa Giachia and Clair Palmer with professional deaf dance Chris Fonseca.)

Chris Fonseca is a dancer, a dance teacher and a choreographer – and he’s profoundly deaf. He’s been featured in adverts for well-known drinks brand – and his inspiring and perhaps surprising story went viral. Chris became deaf as a child after suffering from meningitis. He is profoundly deaf in both ears and wears a cochlear implant. He fell in love with dancing at a young age, and now runs workshops in London teaching both deaf and hearing people to dance, focusing on lyrical hip hop. He is also a freelance dancer, appearing in music videos, adverts and more. He dances by feeling the beat through vibration in the floor, and interprets and incorporates the lyrics into his dance moves.

Natasja Desir, Communication Support Worker