Dancing isn’t just about the music; it’s about feeling the rhythm and following it. No one proves this more than Kerry Thompson and her students. Kerry (on the right) is deaf and legally blind, but that doesn’t stop her from dancing her heart out. She started dancing salsa 13 years ago with the MetaMovements Latin Dance Company. They taught her how to internalize the rhythms in the music, while also watching one of the other dancers giving calls and hand signals to help communicate the next move. Once Kerry learned the Latin dance steps, she was determined to teach it. She created a nonprofit called Silent Rhythms, that helps pay for sign language interpreters, covers the costs of their transportation, and creates artistic opportunities for people with disabilities. “Silent Rhythms isn’t about teaching dance only,” Thompson said. “It’s about trying to support inclusion in the arts. That could be theatre, that could be dance, that could be going to museums, that could be going to a Broadway show. I want to raise awareness.” Kerry also teaches salsa classes with sign language. It helps bridge the gap between those with disabilities and those without. Kerry’s inspirational story of never giving up on her passion is why she makes the perfect #SQMomentOfTheWeek . Do you have a special moment you would like to share? Post it in the comments!
Source: Boston Globe.