A pilot research of dance movement and social aspects of application of Argentine tango in the population of deaf people

Andreja Podlogar, Bla┼ż Bertoncelj
AMEU - Dance Academy, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The deaf people are a group of people that is usally not involved in the dance, mainly because of the stereotiped beleive that the perception of music as a sound is mandatory to the dance. Argentine Tango is a dance, danced in a couple, where the most important element is communication between the partners. The music is used in a creative way and the rhytm is not followed in a strict manner.

Individual interpretation of the music gives a solid base for working with deaf people. The movement is a consequence of the vibrations of music, which the dancer feels or a consequence of the inner rhytm, if the music is not present.

The aim of the research is application of Argentine Tango into population of deaf people and critical assesment of dance movement and social aspects of it.

The research gives an insight into new possibilities of the recreation and the socialization of deaf people, which have not been considered yet.

The research proves that in different fields of dance such as learnig new movements, research of communication in the couple and comprehension of the space, deaf people do not differ from people, who can hear. It also confirms that individual interpretation of the music in Argentine Tango enable deaf people to follow the music through the feeling of vibrations.

Keywords: dance, Argentine tango, deafness, deaf person