"Sometimes people don't believe that I'm deaf," dancer Shaheem Sanchez says. "Why? Because they think deaf people are not supposed to dance because they can't hear. Not true."
Sanchez, speaking in a behind-the-scenes video for DanceOn, explains that the assumption that deaf people cannot dance ignores the fact that people are capable of anything they set their minds to.
"Anything is possible," he continues. "You can do anything. Hearing, deaf of not — doesn't matter."
The talented dancer has been deaf since he was 4 years old. When he was 11, he decided to follow in his late father's footsteps and become a dancer. In order to do so, Sanchez feels the vibrations of a song and allows his body to respond through movement.
The results are nothing short of beautiful.
In a second video from the dance entertainment network, Sanchez performs an impressive routine to Oh Wonder's "Lose It." Viewers can see him feel the vibrations of the speaker with his hands as he snaps and nods to the uplifting beat.
The video also acknowledges the struggles that come with dancing to vibrations, such as outside noise distractions, but it highlights Sanchez's determination to overcome such struggles and keep on dancing.
It's inspiring, motivational, and it makes us want to get up and dance, too.
Check out the performance and behind-the-scenes videos below: