"Participation in the Performing Arts is proven to improve and stimulate educational
aptitudes in maths, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill.
Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork"
- Maureen Sands
There are significant social benefits to getting involved in music, dance and drama. The most obvious benefit is that these performing arts are now woven into the fabric of our society – an important form of entertainment that encourages people to come together and enjoy, discuss or participate in the arts. Getting involved yourself, or encouraging your children to take dance classes or drama lessons will open doors socially and will allow you or your children to make new friends more easily, after all the key to drama and music is communication. It will also help you to get out into your local community, meet a varied group of people from different backgrounds, and keep you busy in your spare time.
Personal and Educational Benefits
There are many personal and educational benefits to getting involved with dance and drama, particularly for people who are shy or lack confidence, as one of the main benefits is that performing arts boost your confidence. Performing in front of a large, or even a small crowd can be very daunting but during rehearsals you will grow in confidence as your skills improve and you will be able to use this newfound confidence in every aspect of your life.
In addition, getting involved in the performing arts can also encourage your enthusiasm to shine through. If you are lacking enthusiasm in other parts of your life then getting involved in something you feel passionately about will give your enthusiasm a much needed boost and give you something to look forward to.
As stated earlier, communication is a key part of what makes performing arts a success, whether it’s the actor communicating with the audience, the director communicating with the actor, or the choreographer communicating with the dancer, their jobs will only work together successfully if everyone communicates. Therefore getting involved in dance and drama will certainly help to improve and grow these skills.
Drama and acting lessons enhance the intelligence levels in students. Experts believe that when students work with scripts, reading and general knowledge is improved. Improvisations of certain scenes in a play help to develop self-expression and imagination. There are also spiritual and psychological benefits because dancing and acting encourages diligence, calmness, self-discipline and fulfilment.
Encourage Harmonious Development
A key performing arts benefit is that it allows learners to showcase their talents. The realisation of a student’s potential is vital for his or her harmonious development. Performing arts therefore assists in the creation of a well-rounded individual having many skills. In fact, performing dance has an incredible impact on how a child grows. It may increase general fitness and also improve posture.
Performing arts is usually regarded as an enjoyable subject. The pleasure obtained from observing performing arts, visiting art galleries and historical sites is beneficial for alleviating the stress due to academic overload. Taking time to watch a play or dance helps to calm the mind and body. Furthermore, performing arts programmes boost confidence and play a great role in emotional and cognitive development.
Preparation for performances during theatre classes develops a learner’s skills, specifically self-presentation. The skills of playing different roles and impersonating characters may be beneficial in certain life situations. Individuals looking to enter the professional field of performing arts usually benefit from the immense experience obtained from art schools.
10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SAY YES TO PERFORMING ARTS FOR YOUR CHILD
A natural and fun way to learn and improve the English language.
Develops the artistic side of children.
Act and become a team player.
To grow and improve self esteem, imagination and empathy.
Improves concentration, communication and problem solving.
Promotes self discipline and self motivation.
Increases the level of fitness, social awareness and aesthetic presentation.
Learn to enjoy, relax and cultivate trust.
Participate in events with large crowds.
Obtain points and certificates valid towards entry into universities.