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Paralympic 'Hello Stars' Performance

By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: Oct 1, 2008 • References: news.xinhuanet and disaboom
The 2008 Paralympics may have come and gone, but the inspiring videos of the 320 hearing-impaired and deaf dancers who performed the 'Hello Stars' dance in Beijing will continue to live on.

Learning choreography without being able to hear the music is a challenging endeavor. The deaf dancers that performed at the 2008 Paralympics practiced with visual cues until they could 'feel' the music.

For hearing-impaired and deaf dancers, the Paralympic Games were just another performance in an already-packed tour calendar. For example, the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe is in the middle of a 28-show whirlwind tour of Asia before embarking on a two-week journey to the United States.

Without the global exposure the Paralympics provides, however, there wouldn't have been an audience for these talented deaf dancers.