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Making A Difference: Dancer Says That Being Deaf Doesn't Hold Her Back

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One Bryan Station Middle School student shows that having a disability does not hold you back from pursuing your dreams.

Sixth grader Bailey Locker is deaf, but she wasn’t about to let that keep her from doing what she loves.

Bailey is the first ever deaf dance team member at Bryan Station Middle School.

This is Bailey’s first year on the dance team, but she has had a lifelong passion for dance.

“She loves to dance and you can tell that this child, she got some moves,” head coach Jeannette Jackson told LEX 18’s Hayley Harmon.

She hasn’t been on the team long but she is already one of the top dancers. Her interpreter told LEX 18 that Bailey can feel the music even though she can’t hear it.

"Deaf people, they feel the beat. There's a vibration to it that they can feel. So she may not hear it, but she can feel it,” said Jeni Fredericks, Bailey’s interpreter.

Jeni joins Bailey everyday for practice, and many of the girls on the team help Bailey too. Many of her teammates have learned sign language.

"If they don't know how to sign, they're finding ways. They love Bailey,” said Jeni.

"It's good to have her on the team to show that everyone can do dance,” said her teammate Katie Kincaid.

Her coach Jeannette says that Bailey inspires her because she doesn’t let anything stop her.

The dance team is currently practicing a new routine for an upcoming competition, performing is Bailey’s favorite part of being on the dance team.

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