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Written by: Carol Miller

The other day on the DanceKids.co.za website, I read the most touching and true quote "Dance is not based on technique, but PASSION."


The reason this touched me so profoundly is because I have an eight year old son who was born deaf. When you are blessed or fortunate enough to have a child, or know of someone who is hearing impaired, you realize how much you take sound for granted.

Terah had his first cochlear implant done at sixteen months, but was only switched on at seventeen months, and tears still run down my face today when I saw his face when he heard a phone ring it was amazing.

Terah wants to be a director one day especially musicals and loves all musicals (e.g. Grease, Sound of Music, High School Musical, Camp Rock etc etc). To make sure he is on the right track he is doing Hip Hop, playing the recorder and doing private drama classes.

Well, let me tell you, I thought that I cried the day he first heard sound, but the day I saw him dance WOW WOW WOW. Admittedly, he is not Fred Astaire, but the glow on his little face was worth more than any certificate or medal. I sat there in the crowd, with a wet face and telling everyone that that was MY SON.

Dancing has changed Terahs life so much. He loves the feel of his body moving to the rhythm of the music, being part of a group (especially with girls), loves sharing a part of himself with the audience and it has boost his confidence level to an all time high.

If I have to ever be in a situation where someone asked me to advise them on activities, I would without hesitation recommend that your son or daughter do dancing. It not only teaches them responsibility, working with others, discipline, but most importantly feeds their soul with a passion for life. Maybe one day someone will start a dance group called the glow worms or fireflys, because when they feel the rhythm from their souls there is no stopping that inner glow on their faces.

Heres hoping that when you hear the song that fills your heart you kick off your shoes and inhibitions, loosen your hair, allow the rhythm to flow through you and dance like there is no tomorrow.

Carol Miller


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