Deaf dancer from Newmarket to inspire others in showcase

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A 12-year-old from Newmarket is hoping to inspire a generation of deaf performers after being selected to take part in an arts showcase.

Norika Dambrauskaite has been selected by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) to take part in a live showcase called Raising the Bar.

She competed with others from around the UK in dancing to win a place in the Raising the Bar masterclasses.

NDCS said she had an “exceptional dance talent” when she submitted her video of a quickstep, jive and ballroom dance.

The Raising the Bar competition was developed by the NCDS to raise expectations of what the 45,000 deaf children and young people in the UK can achieve.

Norika will be taking part in workshops from Mark Smith, an acclaimed deaf choreographer and artistic director of dance company Deaf Men Dancing.

Danny Lane from Music and the Deaf, a charity to give everyone the chance to enjoy music, will run the music masterclass, and Paula Garfield, co founder of Deafinitely Theatre will run the drama masterclass.

Norika will then be one of a number of deaf children and young adults who will perform at a live showcase for family and friends on June 18 and 19.

Sophie Stone, a deaf actress who has appeared in Doctor Who, launched the competition at the beginning of the year.

She said: “I am so impressed by the high standard of entries for the NDCS Raising the Bar competition.

“Having attended RADA I know how vital it is for deaf children and young people to be in an environment where they can build confidence, gain skills and make new friends.

“Deaf children are just as capable as everyone else; we just need to make sure they get the right support.”

Deaf dancer from Newmarket to inspire others in showcase

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