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Hip-Hop Reverberates in a Silent World

By COREY KILGANNON
Published: March 29, 2007

Things are done differently at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Queens.

Basketball referees call fouls in sign language, cheerleaders cheer with their hands, and fans applaud by waving wildly. Students call home from hallway videophone booths and chat in an urban dialect of signing that resembles the exaggerated gestures of rappers.

School plays and musicals are also done differently. Last year, the students performed a version of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ by having the orchestra perform onstage so actors could feel the music through the stage floor and more easily take visual cues from the conductor.”

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