We are in the process of preparing for our final performance. We have learned the Gota and Bombaya and will perform the dances along with songs and drumming on Saturday. Today we had SARD. We have gotten pretty good I am always impressed with the routines we are able to see the deaf students perform. During our breaks from dancing, the Cultural Performance Group at Cape Deaf practices their dances. We have seen them perform Bombaya with ease. I enjoy the solos the students do because they are able to personalize the moves.
I still have difficulty hearing the changes in the music so it amazes me that people, who cannot hear, effortlessly change sequences with the drum rhythms. The students are amazing to watch. The school motto is “Disability, not inability,” which is definitely supported by their ability to dance as a group. At Cape Deaf we all have picked up some conversational sign language from our interactions with the students. It is difficult to remember the names of all the students because they sign names by using the first letter of their name. Somehow, they all remember the names of everyone in our group. I have learned to sign “Rain, Rain Go Away.” Our time in Ghana has gone so quickly, but we have accomplished a lot.