Kazakhstan Deaf Dance Ensemble Reaches Finals of US World Performing Arts Championships
NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s ‘Sensitive’ ballroom dance ensemble, also known as the Theater of Deaf Dancers, has qualified for the finals of the 25th World Championships for the Performing Arts (WCOPA) in the States United, according to the set’s Instagram.
The dancers graduated from a special boarding school for hearing-impaired children in the city of Petropavlovsk in the northern region of Kazakhstan. Despite their inability to hear, they have consistently won international competitions over the past 16 years.
Olga Rostovshchikova, founder and artistic director of the ensemble, and Sergey Tsyrulnikov, four-time Kazakh Guinness World Record holder, also took part in the performance.
In terms of music, the dancers chose the song Gulistan Kazakhstan, which was performed by Kazakh singer ADAM during the international New Wave competition in 2013.
The WCOPA is also often referred to as the Talent Olympics. This year, it brought together candidates from 72 countries. The annual pageant was held July 22-30 in Anaheim, a city in Orange County, California, which is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.