Deafness

Traditionally, deaf or hard of hearing people were not taught to dance on the basis that if they couldn’t hear the music, how could the rhythm be kept?

A new children’s book aims to change this. Bristol author Catherine Gibson was driven by her own experience to write a book: “Through Sophie’s Eyes,” the story of Sophie, a young deaf girl who dreams of being a dancer. Catherine says, “I wrote the book because I wanted to be a voice for these children”. Sophie loves to dance and jumps at the opportunity of joining a dance class at her school.

However, in the class she faces some obstacles.The other students don’t think she will be able to dance if she can’t hear the beat. However, everything changes when the class is asked to dance without the music. Experiencing Sophie’s world, the other kids learn to understand what it is like and to include Sophie in their dance classes.