Deaf woman to perform Japanese dance in Tokyo

Watanabe Mika puts practice under the instruction of her master Sennami Kazukage (right) for the upcoming show.

May 1, 2011

A Deaf company employee WATANABE Mika (32) from Edogawa Ward, Tokyo will make her first appearance on the stage by the Japanese dance group, Sennami Japanese Dance School, in Asakusa Public Hall in Taito Ward, Tokyo on May 4.

After she had become a disciple, she came to be able to dance with the tune that she cannot hear in ten months. She will dance in the formal stage, saying, "I want to give courage to people who has the same problem as mine".

Watanabe, who had a mild hearing loss, attended the hearing school from elementary through high school. When she was 17 years old, her doctor said that the operation was impossible." So she gave up her dream to become a nurse.

She challenged horse riding and Taekwondo to test her own potential. She also willingly searched for the classroom to learn how to dance in kimono, and e-mailed any Japanese dance schools. It was only SENNAMI Kazukage (40), the head of the Japanese dance school who responded.

He was surprised that Watanabe was so concentrated that she remembered how to dance only by seeing once. He gave her a traditional dance which includes basic steps as her work.

Members of the school agree that Watanabe is very eager to practice.

The group performance which was originally scheduled for March postponed until May due to the earthquake.

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