Deaf Dancer Bailey Anne Vincent and Michele Wiles Are Combining Sign Language and Ballet

"’m to end up in Timbuktu," Bailey Anne Vincent about navigating New York City’s bus system. The Washington-DC–based dancer, choreographer and (of her multi-genre, body-positive Company360 ) instead opted for an Uber to meet her collaborator, BalletNext artistic Michele Wiles , and me at diner in midtown Manhattan. In lamenting the buses’ challenges, Vincent’s complaint isn’t with their routes. Though you might never know from conversing with her or watching her dance, she’s mostly deaf. She began losing her in her teens due to medical condition atypical cystic fibrosis— complicated diagnosis that impacts number of her organs. But this hasn’t stopped Vincent from dancing. She trained at Rockbridge Ballet in Virginia before college and later danced with small company in the DC-metro area. Now 31, Vincent has hardly slowed down. BalletNext’s work-in-progress will combine American Language with ballet. Photo by Albert Ayzenberg, Courtesy Overdrive PR. Her newest project, with Wiles as co-choreographer, incorporates ballet and American Language (ASL). The two dancing directors presented work-in-progress showing this before its premiere in March at New York Live Arts . She and Wiles hope to bring inclusivity […]

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