Macy Baez is a 15-year-old hip hop dancer from Illawarra, NSW. Macy was born profoundly deaf and has a cochlear implant. She is a self-taught dancer and amazingly talented. Her and her dance moves are the heart of the DEFY Campaign for Sony’s Extra Bass wireless speakers.
Macy has said that despite having a cochlear implant, when she dances she relies on the vibrations from the music. “When I listen to music, I feel the vibration from the speaker to the floor and that vibration from the floor goes to my feet,” she explains.
Macy loves to dance, and has described hip-hop dancing as like having another language by which she can communicate. She has been part of a dance crew for 6 years. Her dance crew, the IllaGroovers, will be going to Las Vegas in August to represent Australia at the World Hip-Hop Championships.
Macy is young, passionate and excited, and her advice for others is simple: “I just want people to follow their dreams, be who they are, and never give up.”
Mann, B. (2016). “Hearing impaired Aussie hip hop dancer Macy Baez ‘feels’ the music”. Retrieved from: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/inspire-me/79210357/hearing-impaired-aussie-hip-hop-dancer-macy-baez-feels-the-music