D-Sign Dance

D-Sign Dance – Vibrations

Black Country Dance Hub recruited D/deaf and hard of hearing young people aged between 13 and 30 years to join them for an amazing project in August 2022.

Inspired by Critical Mass, D-Sign Dance is a fantastic opportunity for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing young people to make a brand new dance, which will premiere at
Birmingham Weekender on Saturday 27 August!

The piece ‘Vibrations’ has been created in conjunction with artists from Deaf Men Dancing, a collaboration of professional D/deaf dancers led by Choreographer and Artistic Director Mark Smith.

‘Vibrations’ has been choreographed by Deaf Men Dancing’s Artist Director, Mark Smith and is being performed by the D/deaf and hard of hearing participants who joined us specifically for the project. ‘Vibrations’ explores the question “what do you feel when you hear music?” through movement, BSL and the motif of the butterfly, which is a strong symbol in the D/deaf community.

You can catch the premiere of ‘Vibrations’ on Saturday 27 August 2022 when it is performed by the D-Sign Dance participants at the Bullring outside the Entertainer at 12.45pm.

For more information and a full schedule of the weekend click here


D-Sign Dance Project

D-Sign Dance project was FREE and every session was delivered in British Sign Language with BSL interpreters in the room. Travel costs were supported for participants and food and drink were also provided for free.

The project brought together people aged between 13 and 30 years who are D/deaf and hard of hearing with little, or no dance experience.

A taster session was organised for Thursday 04 August and rehearsals then followed at Walsall Arena & Arts Centre on:

  • Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 August &
  • Tuesday 23 – Friday 26 August from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

To find out more about the project contact Maggie Lewis on:

email maggie@blackcountrydance.com


D-Sign Dance Project is a collaboration between Birmingham 2022 Festival, Deaf Men Dancing, Black Country Dance Hub and Arts Outburst, inspired by Critical Mass and supported by Spirit of 2012.



BCDH Company Number: 12823542

Located at Walsall Arena & Arts Centre
Hawbush Road, Leamore, Walsall, WS3 1AG