Conscientious parents want to keep our kids away from endless hours in front of screens and game playing. The figures for childhood obesity and the health, confidence and social problems caused by imbalanced lifestyles in children are frightening. So what can we do to encourage them to get moving and interact with other children in the “real world”.
When it comes to choosing hobbies and activities for their leisure time, performing arts are one of the most popular choices with children. The performing arts are a lot of fun and they’re a fabulous way for children to make friends and learn new skills.
If you are considering enlisting your child to a performing arts class, then you might wonder what choices are available to you. We spoke to Maharati, one of the directors at Applause! Performing Arts in West London and she ran through some of the most common and most popular types of classes you and your child can choose from:
There are many different styles of dancing for children to choose from, and some dance classes offer the opportunity to learn several different styles. Which style of dancing your little one chooses will predominantly be down to their personal preferences. Just some of the possible styles you may find include ballet, tap, street, jazz, contemporary and disco. In addition to choosing a class based on the style of dance taught there, you may also want to find out more about opportunities for performance and whether the students work towards exams and competitions.
Another popular choice is drama. During these classes, your child will learn many different performance skills and will most likely have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in front of an audience. Some classes focus on a specific form of dramatic performance while others will teach your child about many different types of acting.
If your child is a music lover, there are many ways they can fulfil this interest through performing arts classes. One option is individual instruction to learn the instrument of their choice. Another option is to join a group that focuses on both music and movement. There are even opportunities for children to get involved in music from a very young age as there are informal music classes for babies, toddlers and their parents.
This is a hobby that can be enjoyed either in private lessons or as part of a group. If your child has a natural talent in this area, you may prefer for them to enrol with a tutor for vocal coaching so that they are trained in ways to enhance their vocal abilities. On the other hand, if your child is simply an enthusiastic singer who wants a hobby that allows them to meet people with similar interests, they may prefer to join a singing group or a choir.
Mixed performing arts
Some classes or workshops offer children the opportunity to learn a variety of different performing arts. They will run different sessions that cover singing, dancing, music and drama. This type of class is a great option for children that excel in all these areas or are enthusiastic about all aspects of performing arts. It is also a good choice if your child is unsure of what they are interested in as it will allow them to sample a little of each of the performing arts. They may then continue in a mixed performing arts class if they enjoy all the different disciplines or they may choose to focus on their favourite variety of performing arts in a different class.
Whatever variety of performing arts your child is interested in, you will find that there is a lot of choice available to you. Enrolling in a school gives a higher chance of quality instruction although there are many activities that can be carried out at home. Each of the different art forms is an exciting and fun opportunity for children to express themselves creatively.