Thursday, April 3, 2008

Astounding Marlee Matlin Dances sans Hearing the Music on “Dancing With The Stars”

An Oscar award winner, Marlee Matlin who has described herself as “profoundly deaf” has overwhelmingly captured the admiration and amazement of the judges as well as the applause of the audience as she performed her dancing steps along with her partner, Fabian Sanchez a newbie on the ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” season six.

Fabian Sanchez, a World Mambo 2006 Champion exerted all his efforts to teach all the necessary elements required for Marlee to execute the dancing styles even she doesn't have the capacity hearing the music. She has to rely only on Fabian’s body language by looking to his eyes and to each and every movement he is doing in order for her to perform her dancing act to a virtual perfection.

Kevin Grandalski, her husband and her 12-year-old daughter were present on her shows. Their excitement and admiration can obviously be seen as they were smiling, standing and clapping their hands after each of her weekly performances. Out of twelve pair-contestants, three pairs were already eliminated, a fact that Marlee and Fabian garnered votes from the live show's 20 million viewers.

She was born as Marlee Beth Matlin in Morton Grove, Illinois, on August 24, 1965. After suffering of high fevers and measles at the age of 18 months, she lost all her hearing—100% on the right and 80% on the left. It was her parent’s commitment to let her live a normal life by resisting the advice of her doctors to send her away in to a special school for the deaf. She was enrolled in local programs with support services for deaf children. Her parents encouraged her early interest in the arts. She attended the innovative Center on Deafness [this is now the International Center for Deafness and the Arts] where both regular kids and as well as those who has defective hearing, joined together for recreation and activities. This has contributed a lot of factors in which at the age of seven, she got her starring role as Dorothy in the Center’s production of the “Wizard of Oz.”

More of her will be featured next, as we follow her at the “Dancing With The Stars.” For those who missed the three of her past performances, dancing the “Cha, cha, cha,” the quick step, the jive; here they are:

Week 1 - "The Cha, cha, cha"

Week 2- "The Quick Step"

Week 3 - "The Jive"

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Anonymous said...

she's doing marvelous and having a good time..what a unique spirit she has, we are so for her and Kristi....both wonderful people. S.F.filipinos

aor said...

Thanks for leaving your comments ... I bear and agree with you, I might do some features about Kristi in the future, as soon as I collated resources of her...