WOAPA student Harrison is Raising The Bar

WOAPA student, Harrison Phipps, will be performing at the 'Raising The Bar' event in Birmingham in September 2019.

Harrison is one of only 30 young people selected from national auditions to take part in the event.

Raising The Bar

This is an amazing opportunity for deaf young performers from all over the UK to meet others with incredible talents just like themselves. 
Three deaf-led organisations deliver music, drama and dance workshops and leading the workshops are already-successful deaf musicians, dancers and actors.

The organisations include:
Music and the Deaf
Deafinitely Theatre and
Deaf Men Dancing.

After a weekend of workshops, rehearsals and lots of fun, the 30 performers appear in a showcase performance celebrating the achievements of everyone involved.

Harrison has been a WOAPA student since we held our first sessions in 2012, taking part in our singing, dance & drama sessions each week. He has been a regular member of WOAPA's Dance Troupe and has appeared with WOAPA at many events and festivals.

In April, Harrison was entered for a LAMDA (Acting) Grade 6 (Bronze level) exam at WOAPA and achieved a pass with distinction.
He has also recently taken Grade 5 exams in 'Jazz Flute' and 'Rock Drums' and he has achieved a 2nd-Dan, Black-Belt grade in Karate.

Harrison has recently taken his GCSE exams and is about to enter sixth-form to start A-Levels. 
A regular 'Duke of Edinburgh' volunteer in WOAPA's class for children with additional needs, Harrison will be joining the teaching team at WOAPA from September as a Tutor Assistant.

For the 'Raising The Bar' event, Harrison will be developing his dance skills further and will be working with the prestigious 'Deaf Men Dancing' Troupe.

'DMD' have performed all over the UK and internationally including at Dance East, The Place, Sadler's Wells, The Clin De'Oeil Deaf Arts Festival in France, Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre in Georgia and in Dubai UEA. DMD have worked with companies such as DaDa Disability & Deaf Arts' 'Hands-On' and Candoco and have been commissioned and toured with the Without Walls outdoor arts circuit.  

(Pictures below: Harrison at WOAPA's Dance Workshop with Kylie Minogue Choreographer, Tim Noble, in 2012)