Macy Baez was born profoundly deaf. Yet, at 15-years-old she's on track to become one of the best hip hop dancers in the world.
The talented teenager from the NSW Illawarra region has been dancing since the age of eight. This year, she's heading to the International Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas to compete against some of the best in the world.
It was her love of music by Janet and Michael Jackson that inspired her to start hip hop dancing.
"Michael Jackson makes me move. I’m like, 'Woo! I want to dance too!'" she told LifeStyle.
"I’ve tried other styles but I didn’t feel that passion for them, but when I found hip hop I thought that was the one. It was the music that drove me to this style of dancing."
Unable to always hear the melody in the music, Macy uses the vibrations from the bass and heavy beats to perfect her craft.
"If I’m listening to the music and I’m close to the speaker, I feel the vibration through my feet and then it comes up," she explains.
We know Macy is just being humble when she makes it sound so easy! Listening and responding to the music didn't come naturally to her as a child - so, with the help of her teachers, she trained hard so she could feel it.
While she has since undergone two cochlear implant procedures, Macy still struggles in loud situations.
"The main challenges when I go to battles is that it’s hard for me to listen to other people when the music is playing, but I still read lips instead," she explains. "Sometimes it’s hard for me to listen to the music, but my body is already connected and you just continue dancing to that beat or rhythm."
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In the lead up to the International Hip Hop Championships, Macy practices every morning before school, a couple of nights a week and on weekends.
Her hard work has paid off in multiple ways, but most recently she caught the eye of music giant Sony. The company developed a special song for the inspiring young dancer, as well as a bass-heavy speaker to go with it.
"I feel really, really grateful that they gave this track to me, just for me," she gushes. "When [we] choreographed this routine it was a bit difficult... but I like challenges and I’ve overcome that.
"There were different layers and different beats and sounds that were cool, and I just want to hit those beats and it was a really good feeling to have those beats in those tracks and I feel really grateful."
Macy's passion is visible and infectious. Hopefully she will continue to inspire other young people to achieve their dreams.
Watch Macy's collaboration with Sony for the new EXTRA BASS SRS-XB3 wireless speaker: