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6 Issue 71 / 2015 GUESTLIST NatioNal Deaf ChilDreN's soCiety (NDCs) turNiNg up the volume with their New musiC aND DaNCe CompetitioN! This month saw the launch of a new music and dance competition called Raising the Bar. The initiative aims to encourage deaf children between the ages of 8 and 16 into the world of arts and boost their self-confidence through music and dance. To be born missing without hearing can often be a scary hindrance, let alone being faced with it as a result of an accident. With this competition, NDCS hope that children will be able to take example and encouragement from each other to bring the arts back into their lives. Just because they may not hear, does not mean they cannot have a life full of rhythm and melody. In the UK alone there are approximately 45,000 young deaf people and children who may not always have the confidence to get involved in performance arts. With this competition, NDCS also hopes to raise deaf awareness across the country. This includes inspiring professionals and clubs across the industry to organise more activities that are accessible for deaf young people and children. Starting 12th January, the young contestants will have until 22nd February 2015 to submit a video of themselves performing a dance or music routine. As you can imagine, not only will the result be something that the children can be proud off, but the idea is that they have fun making it. Regardless of whether they 'win' or not, they will be opened up to a new rhythmical experience. Members of the NDCS staff and deaf professionals from the arts industry will select the luck top ten winners who will be invited to attend a two- day masterclass in Birmingham in May 2015. The weekend will be composed of a number of training sessions headed by the well respected deaf dance crew 'Def Motion', Ruth Montgomery, a deaf flutist and Danny Lane who is part of a charity called 'Music and the Deaf', which "aims to enrich the lives of those with hearing loss through the experience of music". Hayley Jarvis, Head of Inclusive Activities for NDCS said: "Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given the right support. Participation in the arts gives deaf children and young people the chance to learn new skills, and feel more confident and empowered – and participation is what Raising the Bar is all about!". NDCS are strongly pioneering the idea that every child deserves the same opportunities and should be equally valued in society. This is a perfect example of an initiative to encourage this using art, dance and music as a vehicle. If you want know of any children that would benefit from this move, then we encourage you to take a look at their website and give it a go at, Keeeep dancing!

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