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The Wild Zappers



Biography

The Wild Zappers, an all deaf male dance company, was founded by Irvine Stewart with the support of Fred Michael Beam and Warren "Wawa" Snipe in 1989. It was originally created to give deaf male dancers an opportunity to dance together and promote cultural and educational awareness through entertainment within the Deaf and Hearing Community. The company has performed throughout the country and on various television programs helping to enrich professional arts for the deaf. Members include Fred Beam—Director, Warren Snipe--Asst Director, Irvine Stewart, Ronnie Bradley, Kris Pumphrey, Sam Franklin, and George Azmaveth. They lead audiences in a joyous and uplifting celebration of the arts and communication.

Fred Michael Beam (Choreographer/Dancer) is the current artistic director and dancer for The Wild Zappers and The National Deaf Dance Theater. He has been Executive Director of Invisible Hands, a member of Dupont Alley Dance Company, Penn Vision Dance Company, Rochester Institute of Technology Dance Co. and a guest dancer of Gallaudet Dance Company.

Warren "Wawa" Snipe (Dancer) has worked with The National Deaf Dance Company, The Wild Zappers, and Gallaudet Dance Company. He has performed around the globe and has been a featured dancer on television and in music videos. He is the current Vice President of Invisible Hands, Inc. and was a founding member of The Wild Zappers.Members include Fred Beam—Director, Warren Snipe--Asst Director, Irvine Stewart, Ronnie Bradley, Kris Pumphrey, Sam Franklin, and George Azmaveth. They lead audiences in a joyous and uplifting celebration of the arts and communication.
The Wild Zappers