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Formed in 2008, Redeafination (spelt with “Deaf” and “Nation”) is an independent hip hop dance club for the Deaf. Redeafination aims to promote Deaf awareness as well as to nurture and develop performing arts talents within the Deaf community. The group is made up of a majority of Deaf members.

Over the years, Redeafination has received much recognition and accolades from both the dance scene and the deaf community. Since its formation, Redeafination has gone on to perform at various events, including the annual “Welcome to my World” by Very Special Arts Singapore (2008-2014), Street Clap! By CDAC (2011), Yfest by Esplanade (2010, 2012, 2014), MCYS Volunteer Awards Dinner 2012 and MSF Volunteer Awards Dinner 2013. Redeafination also conducts annual introductory dance workshops to reach out to Deaf youths and expose them to Dance.

In 2012, Redeafination was invited to perform at the Turquoise Deaf Party in Hong Kong and subsequently collaborated with a Hong Kong Deaf dance crew (Fun Forest) at “Welcome to my World” Concert 2012.

In 2013, Redeafination collaborated with a Deaf Dance group from United Kingdom, Def Motion to provide free workshops to deaf individuals based in Singapore. In line with its mission and values, Redeafination also performed at the Deafinitely Amazing concert organised by EO Horizons, which raised funds for Deaf youths to do community service in Cambodia, as well as the inaugural Purple Parade movement that supports the inclusion and celebrates the abilities of persons with special needs.

As at December 2014, Redeafination has 21 members (15 Deaf and 6 Hearing), and continues to grow.

Behind our Name

logo-breakdownFull Name: Redeafination          Sign Name: Tap “R” sign on shoulder (elbow up)          Written Short Form: RDF          Oral Short Form: Redeaf

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The name Redeafination is a modification of the word “redefinition” – it is modified to be spelt with “Deaf” and “Nation” in it. As the name suggests, we aim to grow into a nation of Deaf dancers, with its own unique culture. Similar to the meaning of the root word, Redeafination also aims to redefine the meaning of dance to both the Deaf and Hearing, especially those who have the common stereotype and misconception that the Deaf does not enjoy music nor dance. There might be those in the Deaf community who dream of dancing but do not do so because of society’s stereotypes or lack of exposure and opportunities to learn and explore Dance. There are many in the Hearing community who will never associate Deaf with Music much less Dance. By grooming and bringing together a nation of Deaf dancers, we hope to be a living example to redefine the meaning of dance to the above groups of people.

History and Milestones

Work in Progress!
Meanwhile, please visit www.rdfbio.wordpress.com for records up to 2011.

We are always looking for opportunities and ideas to reach out to more Deaf youths. We welcome like-minded people to join us in this cause. Please visit our volunteers page for our current needs. For enquiries do drop us a note at redeafination@gmail.com.