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At STOMP Workshop, Gallaudet Students Get To Feel The Music

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Gallaudet students freestyle with STOMP company members.
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Gallaudet students freestyle with STOMP company members.

The musical dance performance group STOMP stopped by Gallaudet University university during its visit to D.C. to hold a workshop for students.

During the one-hour workshop held by cast members of STOMP, dancers from the Gallaudet Dance Company learned the choreography to a number called "Hands and Feet."

STOMP is famous for turning everyday objects such as shopping carts and garbage cans into instruments, but in this particular piece, dancers make music using their bodies. Speaking through an interpreter, 21-year-old Gallaudet student Giovanna Vazquez says this percussive style of dance known as "step" is like carrying your own bass.

"You're feeling the vibrations coming through your body, and that's something that I get while doing the dance. I mean when you're stepping you're making music for other people to hear, even though we as Deaf people may not be hearing it," she explains.

STOMP company member Cammie Griffin says everyone can relate to music and rhythm.

"That's what I love about the show. This language of the show and the nature of the show, it's universal," she says.

STOMP is on stage at The National Theatre through Sunday, and you can see the Gallaudet Dance Company perform in early April.


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