Video: Alumnus director of Urban Jazz Dance Company is "ambassador of Deaf culture."
Dancer Antoine Hunter infuses art with Deaf culture
Born completely deaf in his left ear and “hard of hearing” in his right, Antoine Hunter is the founder and director of Urban Jazz Dance Company and the President of the Bay Area Deaf Advocates. Here, he discusses how he engages with music and his role as ambassador of Deaf culture.
December 26, 2013
OAKLAND — Antoine Hunter is used to talking about what most would call his disability. Despite a prestigious resume in ballet and jazz dance, Hunter is labeled first and foremost a Deaf dancer. But instead of distancing himself from the label, Hunter has embraced it by becoming an ambassador for “Deaf culture” in the Bay Area. He is the founder and creative director of Urban Jazz Dance Company, an ensemble that incorporates sign language into its choreography, and the President of the Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates.
A native of West Oakland, Hunter was born completely deaf in his left ear and “hard of hearing” in his right. Nonetheless, he learned to dance at Oakland’s Skyline High before attending the California Institute of the Arts on scholarship.