I love dance….watching it, dancing myself, choreography…everything about it! As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite shows is Dancing with the Stars and this past season one of my favorite contestants was Nyle DiMarco, the winner of America’s Next Top Model, who happens to be deaf, and his partner, professional dancer, Peta Murgatroyd.
Academy award winner, Marlee Matlin, also deaf, was on Dancing with the Stars a few seasons back and she was good. She could feel the vibration of the music, which is amazing, and I’m assuming Nyle could feel a little bit of that too, but he was “leading,” as men do in dance, so it was a bit more challenging and he was up to the task. I could go on and on, but this past Monday’s dance literally brought the judges, many in the audience,…and me…to tears. It was so powerful, the main reason being that he wanted to convey through dance some of the journey that deaf people take as they walk through life. He has a message and it was profound….enjoy…
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba summed it up by saying “I have to say, in 22 seasons, that is the best dance I have ever seen.” I couldn’t agree more!
You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!