Beauty in Dance Music That You Feel but Don’t Hear

Dance music is one for the soul they say. There are so many elements and nuances in dance music that get the audience tapping their feet to the rhythm and moving their bodies involuntarily. However, something is mystifying when you have to feel the music in your core rather than have to hear it at all. The theory stands true for the participants of a recent dance festival that performed to dance without actually hearing the music. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Deaf Dance Competition laid the platform for something unique and masterful. Over 80 adults and children participated and were able to perform flawlessly and wow the audiences with their performances to the dance music that they could not hear.

Feeling Dance Music Than Just Listening

While dance music is challenging to listen to without keeping rhythm by tapping your feet or moving, there is so much more to the music than meets the eye. You can genuinely enjoy dance music when you feel it the way people who can’t hear feel it. There is a thing or two you can learn from the deaf dancers who performed at the festival.

  1. The audiences were left with awe of how they were able to keep rhythm without hearing anything
  2. Musicians wondered how they could create music that can be enjoyed by everyone – not just people who have good hearing

The two main points that people wondered about the music danced to by deaf people makes us wonder if there is more to the music than meets the ear. The answer is simple, and it is a resounding yes. When deaf people ‘hear’ music, they don’t hear it with their ears, they ‘hear’ using their feet. They feel the vibrations of the music and can keep in time to it.

When music makers look at their performances, they can see that, instead of providing the same rhythm throughout the song, they can make it innovative by changing the tempo regularly. Changing the pace of dance music prompts the listeners to improve their dance movements, and the audiences would love it too. When a deaf person dances by feeling the music, he/she can dance better when the song has a unique rhythm as opposed to the usual two beat steps.

Creative dance music goes hand in hand with creative costumes. Therefore, when the music carries a theme, the rhythm can cater to the cultural background of the tune. Understanding the different rhythms that are associated with each culture will also help us understand the kind of dance moves to associate with them. Dance music has much to offer the listener, and when we feel the music with our hands and feet, we see a big difference. Music makers can also learn a thing or two about dance music from the way the deaf perceives it. The deaf doesn’t hear the electrical influences in the music. They listen to the core of good music, and that lies in the rhythm.



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