Yesterday, Sherye tells me the older teenagers had a dance party in one of the classrooms upstairs. She joined in with a line of kids, watching another kid count and demonstrate a new line dance. Lots of hand movements, the rhythm set to a song playing on one of their phones, hooked up to a small set of speakers. All the desks and chairs pushed to the side of the room. About 2 dozen kids, with 20 more watching and clapping.
A typical teenage dance party, except that all these kids are deaf.
There was a visiting journalist from Canada, whom we had met at the guest house and invited to see the school She has travelled extensively throughout the world. When she arrived at St Vincent’s, she was escorted around the school, introduced to JoJo and Marie Carmel and some of the other key people. She was then invited, “Would you like to see the deaf kids’ dance party?” She responded, “Where else have I been to a deaf dance party, anywhere in the world? ” Sherye tells me she and the journalist, Catherine, joined in the line of kids, sweating, dancing, clapping with the deaf, a celebration of a good time.