The Gallaudet Dance Company is a performing group of approximately 15 dancers. All members of the company are undergraduate or graduate students at Gallaudet University, the world's only accredited liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing students. Each dancer's background is different-both in terms of hearing loss, preferred communication mode, secondary school education, and current major field of study as a University student. But all the dancers are excellent communicators. They rely on their vision as their primary mode of communication and communicate through their dancing in a range of styles, including dance that uses American Sign Language as its foundation. Gallaudet University itself is a bilingual community where students, faculty, and staff communicate with each other in both American Sign Language and English. The Gallaudet Dance Company which was founded in 1955 will celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2015.
(Photography by Astrid Riecken - Washington Times.)
The company is not able to satisfy all of the many requests it receives for two reasons. First, the dancers' primary responsibility is to their liberal arts studies. Secondly, the company is self-sustaining and requires financial support for its performances. The company is acclaimed for performances at the White House, and on stages in Egypt, Israel, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Peru, Barbados, St. Lucia, Brazil, Guatemala, South Korea, the Bahamas, and France.
For booking information, please click on "Bookings" on the left column of the page. Please note that the company books 6 to 12 months in advance. To book the Gallaudet Dance Company, call 202.651-5501 V/TDD or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on dance techniques for deaf and hard of hearing dancers and/or our teaching methods, click on "Techniques" and/or read article by Dr. Diane Hottendorf and Ms. Sue Gill-Doleac entitled "Deaf Dancers Celebrate 50 Years of Dance! Teaching Dance to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: The Gallaudet University Way,"Dancer Magazine, March 2005, 42 - 45.
Delta Zeta Dance Studio
If you wish to rent the Delta Zeta dance studio, please contact Department of Athletics at 202.651.5603.
Due to the tremendous volume of requests concerning dance training for Deaf and hard of hearing dancers, our research indicates that the most frequently asked questions can be answered with our article entitled, "Deaf Dancers Celebrate 50 years of Dance! Teaching Dance to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: The Gallaudet University Way," Dancer Magazine, March 2005, 42 - 45. This article contains valuable information that you may be seeking for your research. Best of luck with your research.
Thank you for visiting our web site. For more information, please continue reviewing the dance company web site (click on headings on the left side and/or click on video clips) or call 202-651-5501 (V). Or, VP at 202-250-2040. Or, e-mail Susan.Gill-Doleac@gallaudet.edu.