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Kids at the American School for the Deaf feel the beat and move their feet

WEST HARTFORD–The students at the American School for the Deaf learned some impressive moves on Wednesday. During a dance workshop the music was turned up...
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WEST HARTFORD--The students at the American School for the Deaf learned some impressive moves on Wednesday.

During a dance workshop the music was turned up loud so they could find their rhythm, especially since they couldn't hear the beat.

Kym Nash, the dance instructor who owns FarmingtonDANCE, also re-engineered the music to pump up the base so students could literally feel the music through the floor, or hear a frequency through their cochlear implants.

"We just fill [the music] with base, we fill it with a frequency that isn't too obnoxious," Nash said.

Nash believes Deaf kids likely pick up steps quickly because when they communicate, they have to look at each other, and that focus translates well for dance lessons.

"The beat will come out like, and go like this, oh, and just dance like this, one, two, three," Deaf student Omar Sharif explained with his sign language interpreter at his side.

When Marick Vanwinkle, another student at the school, was asked how he listens to the music, he explained, "By the vibrations."