Canton Dance Studio Teaches the Art of Hip-Hop to American School for the Deaf Students

FarmingtonDANCE has visited school for approximately 5 years now.

Hip-hop beats pulsated through the cafeteria of an American School for the Deaf building as FarmingtonDANCE instructor Mia Nardini of Avon led the students through a variety of moves Thursday morning. 

For an hour, Nardini and several students from the Canton studio led a group of some 30 third through sixth-graders as they rolled their fists, jumped, shuffled, popped and locked their bodies. A few even tried some advanced "freezes." Earlier a group of younger students had done the same.

"The kids love it," said Becky Peters, a pre-K and Kindergarten teacher at the school. "For them to experience something like this and see they can do it is amazing." 

Approximately five years ago, Peters, a Canton resident whose daughter Alyssa studies at FarmingtonDANCE, approached studio artistic director Kym Nash with the idea. 

Since then members of the studio have visited ASD nearly every year to teach the students. They've tried other styles but hip-hop is especially effective due to its pulsating rhythms, which can be felt by the students with more severe hearing loss, Nash said. 

Nash said it's also a lot of fun. She loves to see the determination of the students, who work hard to learn the moves in just an hour's time.

"They are really amazing kids," Nash said, adding that it's been great to see some of the same students grow year after year. 

Barbara French, student support services coordinator at ASD, said the school strives to bring in various professionals to augment learning. She said she appreciates the time the studio volunteers and added that it allows the kids to exercise and express themselves. 

"The kids really enjoy it," she said. 


Marquita Lampkin January 22, 2013 at 05:21 PM
jus want to learn how dance and hip hop....and work out....
Rose January 25, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Would love to learn more about the program for my granddaughter is deaf and loves music and dance we are looking at school for the deaf would love to know were the lady from Avon is teaching
John Fitts January 25, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Hi Rose. I would contact FarmingtonDANCE. See http://www.farmingtondance.com/
Rose January 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Thank you so much will look into and let you know how it goes


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