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PostHeaderIcon The benefits of performing arts schools

While school is all fun and games at break time, 30 minutes just isn't enough for kids to catch a breather, meet up with their friends and do what they want. This is why so many use extra-curricular activities to let off all the steam after a hard day's work.

If you think of extra-curricular activities like your own weekly rituals – perhaps playing sports or going shopping – you might get a clearer picture of what this could mean for your child over the course of a busy period. They need these activities to wear them out in order to fully concentrate at school. Otherwise they risk being caught up in school work for the full term.

All kids need something on the side and performing arts schools in the UK are arguably one of the best options. Lessons on dance, singing and acting allow the children to allocate their time to exactly what they're interested in. These schools also offer them a chance to build upon a set of skills and meet lots of new friends along the way.

Interested? Well take a look at some of the other benefits..

A chance to… build their fitness

All performing arts classes involve some form of physical activity. Especially dancing and acting, but also singing thanks to the performance element that sees them strutting their stuff. As a parent, you should always be looking to encourage your kids to get out of the house and burn off some of the energy pent up inside of them. If they're more than happy to do this through a performing arts class, you shouldn't stand in their way!

Dancing, singing, acting… whatever they're interested in. The arts will get them moving, get them thinking and give them a much needed break from school life. For that, you should be thankful.

A chance to… build confidence

Most kids tend to struggle with confidence at some point in their upbringing. Some try to stop themselves from coming out of their shell for risk of being embarrassed, even when there's little to be scared about. Well, as everyone's in the same boat, there's not a thing to fear in a performing arts class.

Lessons in dancing or singing allow the child to express their feelings, show emotions and showcase their talents. It's through developing their skills that they become more confident in themselves and this often carries across to other areas of life.

A chance to… meet friends

Performing arts schools also bring students with common interests together. Instead of feeling like outcasts discussing their hobbies with their acquaintances at school, children are encouraged to congregate with people who share their the same interests. After all, the key to these classes is communication.

It will help your children embrace life outside of school, meet a varied group of people from different backgrounds and find new friends to call upon when the birthday party invites are being prepared. Straying outside of their comfort zone to meet new people should also make it easier for them to do so later on, at high school, then university and in the workplace. A worthwhile investment of their time, therefore.

A chance to… learn something new

Your child is gaining all of the above whilst actually doing something constructive – and that's the best part. It's nice to see your kids have friends round to watch TV or play video games. They had to pluck up the courage to ask them over and even if it means talking about what's on a screen, they are at least communicating. However, little is being gained whilst they slump further down the sofa – which is far from the case at a performing arts school.

The point is that just because they don't go onto sell a million records or star in West End shows, it doesn't mean to say that learning how to sing or dance isn't worthwhile. Developing these skills allows children to realise that, with a bit of effort and drive, they can achieve what they want.

Perhaps by comfortably singing the lowest note in an octave or even learning how to perfect a routine – whatever it is, they're learning in some capacity and developing a useful skill. And that's showbiz!

Jace Quick has spent most of his time in learning the art of
dancing; Dancing he thinks is an art of expressing ones emotion,
feelings, anxiety and love. He is a teacher by profession and has
started writing on the experience of teaching others the art of
expression. The latest of his writings is singing and acting.

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