In Part 3 of “Add in the Arts,” we discussed all things musical. Today, we shift focus to the performing arts and consider its contribution to learners’ holistic development.

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Why Performing Arts?

Because Performing Arts pump up creativity, imagination and confidence.
Ignite creativity & imagination!

Theater, drama, dance and other performing arts develop out-of-the box critical thinking skills…encouraging imaginative role-playing, story-telling, engineering design and artistic expression. 

Increase confidence & self-awareness

As they speak and perform in front of others, learners build self-confidence and poise, overcome stage fright and experience the triumphant feeling of, “I did it!”

"I did it!"
Heighten communication & collaboration

Students of all ages exercise verbal and nonverbal communication skill muscles as they act and perform. They learn to communicate emotions through expression. They come to appreciate the beauty and power of precise language. Theater productions also require teamwork, teaching children the reward of working together towards a common goal.

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Emphasize positive problem-solving

Deciphering ways to interpret a script, choreographing movements to a dance routine, or adapting to unexpected situations during a performance give children invaluable experience in planned – and spontaneous – creative problem solving.

Boost discipline & focus

Learners grasp abstract concepts like time management, patience and perseverance from participating in performing arts. Memorizing lines, rehearsing choreography, and honing connections between spoken lines and body movements requires focused discipline.

Build cultural awareness

Through exposure to different styles of theater, dance, and drama, young people come to appreciate the richness of diverse cultural traditions, stories, and perspectives. 

They learn to appreciate strengths in differences.
Practice Physical Fitness & Coordination

Acting and dance promote physical movement, coordination and balance. Learners get exercise without realizing they are exercising!

Healthy Self-Expression

Performing arts create a wholesome, supportive environment for students to express themselves creatively, explore their emotions and learn compassionate empathy for other people.

Theater, dance, drama, public speaking and acting positively impact children’s intellectual, creative, emotional, social, and physical development. Infuse the performing arts in your learners’ lives – and watch them grow!

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