Dancer Uses Sign Language in New Alvin Ailey Virtual Season

NEW YORK – For Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first ever virtual season, a dancer and choreographer with a shared experience of partial deafness find a new way to make their artistry even more inclusive.

While helping to choreograph a new work, Yusha-Marie Sorzano wondered about including American Sign Language.

“I have hearing loss in both of my ears and so I have always been advised to get hearing aids but they were always too expensive for me to get when I was younger, so I just went through my career as a performing artist without them,” said Sorzano.

She found an ally and soloist in

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