Muhd Ammar, a dedicated member of Redeafination, shares with us his fiery passion to dance despite his disability
Written by: Nur Syahidah | Photos by: Nur Syahidah, Kee Yan Ping | Extra Photos by: Muhd Ammar
Growing up in the 90’s, imitating dancers in music videos and movies on screen, Muhd Ammar Nasrulhaq has been surrounded by music and dance from a young age. Just like any other kid, he enjoys grooving to all sorts of music types, especially Bollywood music. Since then, his love for dancing has grown.
The 26-year-old Diploma in Digital Visual Effects student at Nanyang Polytechnic is also the creative director of Infidow Pictures who spends a majority of his time dancing as a Redeafination member and a choreographer.
At 17, he took on the activity seriously and focused on old school hip-hop. When asked why he took on the activity, he says: “I use dancing as a medium to express myself.”
Picking up something new will definitely present some obstacles. One of the few was trying to listen to music as he danced. Ammar who is partially deaf, is unable to listen to the songs he dances to.
“Back when I was younger, speakers were not well produced and I had to play music through the phone. So I had to place my phone close to my ear to hear the different layers of music and instruments,” he says. Through that, he was able to learn and use the different senses.
Dancers are commonly categorised as extroverts for their boisterous movements, but for Ammar he is more of a private person. “A coin always two sides, just like us, there’s a side where we appeal to people and the other where it’s more personal,” he says.
As a dancer, he says his best moment was performing for Døves Kulturdager, a deaf culture festival in Norway. “It was a good experience as we were enjoying ourselves with other deaf dancers and had a good sharing session,” he says.
Ammar portrays himself as an individual who is no different from any hearing person. Hiking and other adventurous activities are what he does during his leisure time. He makes sure his schedule is always occupied with things to do.
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