What is Half-N-Half?

Sherry Hicks and Michael Velez are Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) performers that collaborate and tour around the world. This dynamic duo delights audiences with their original multimedia American Sign Language (ASL) performances combining Music and storytelling. Using improvisation and various poetic styles, they perform entertaining excerpts of Deaf and Coda life.

In 1994, Half-N-Half was originally formed by four CODA members: Sherry Hicks, Sheila Jacobs, Pam Johnson, and Michael Velez. They were called the Bay Area Coda Performers.

The first performance was for students at California School for the Deaf at Fremont’s awards banquet. For the entertainment, musical selections were choreographed and presented in ASL. The crowd went wild with students jumping onto the stage and joining in with the rhythm and beat.

Since then, Half-N-Half has put together almost two decades of work that is CODA based material. Signing songs and performing for mixed audiences, they share the gift of ASL that their families, community, and culture have instilled in them. In addition, they produce sign language videos and offer workshops as well as theater interpreting.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Tomaz says:

    I have not much to say, but just sow you 2 in video of Conference in Australia and liked you. Also I am a Coda and student of postgraduate program and found this topic a month ago. I am 29 years old and have already written first report related to that topic. Also in 20th January we have first meeting in capital of Slovenia with Codas and are looking to meet people haveing the same view. All carateristics that I fought trou my life I start to understand them. I am really looking forward to meet you at some conference and shake hand with you 2.

    Tomaz Pahovec

  2. Darla says:

    I love you guys!! Wish I was in the Bay Area more often to check out more performances! Keep on sharing your CODA gifts with the world!

    All the best!!

    Darla Lennox (CODA sister ; girlfriend of your favorite, Mr. Leroy Moore of Sins Invalid!)

  3. Lynette says:

    I just wanted to say that I am in the process of learning ASL, and watching the music videos y’all have created help me a lot. But not only that, they make me swell up with joy, the video themselves are beautiful, but the language is even more-so. I just wanted to say thank you for following your passions that have tended to make my life a little more happy.
    Lynette “Georgie” White

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