Three aspiring dancers from the North East are proving deafness is no barrier as have been selected to take part in a live musical stage performance.
Inspirational Nikki James Beaston from Eldon, Evelyn Mary Bratton from Consett and Alexandria Murray from Guisborough, have been selected by the National Deaf Children’s Society for showcasing exceptional talent.
Eight-year-old Alexandria, 13-year-old Nikki and 12-year-old Evelyn, all of whom are deaf, have been invited to attend a mentoring weekend in June to work on a showcase with acclaimed deaf choreographer, Mark Smith.
Alexandria and Nikki were selected by leading deaf professionals from the arts industry for showcasing exceptional talent in dance, while Evelyn was recognised for her musical abilities.
The girls will work with acclaimed directors on the musical masterclass ahead of a live showcase performance in front of all their friends and family in Birmingham on June 18 and 19.
Evelyn Mary Bratton (left), Alexandria Murray (top right) and Nikki James Beaston (bottom right)
Deaf actress, Sophie Stone, who appeared in Doctor Who, launched the competition earlier this year. She said: “I am so impressed by the high standard of entries for the 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.”
Bryony Parkes, inclusive activities implementation manager for the National Deaf Children’s Society said: “We had an amazing response from some extremely talented deaf young actors, dancers and musicians.
“It is really important that deaf children and young people get the same opportunities to take part in the same activities as their hearing friends and siblings. We hope these competition winners will go on to great things as well as demonstrate to their peers exactly what they are capable of.”