It’s no secret that performing arts—whether it be dance, theater, singing or playing an instrument—provide serious mental, emotional and physical benefits. At all ages, performing creates the perfect environment for creative expression.
When you contextualize it through the lens of children, however, you witness a truly spectacular event—one that strengthens all areas of their being. Younger people means younger brains means brains that are more malleable and shapable.
This is the stage where you set up skills for life—and performing is the perfect way to do so! Here are a few main benefits of performing:
This one is a bit of a give-in. Arts strengthen your creative abilities, there’s no doubt about that. In regards to children, beginning to foster that creative drive and spirit early means that spark will be carried on for many, many years. Creativity reduces anxiety and stress, solves problems and encourages life-long learning.
The practice of showing up and creating something that results in a finished performance fosters a huge feeling of accomplishment in children. This, in turn, is incentive enough to dedicate themselves to their favorite activities. They’ll show up daily to create something they’re truly proud of.
Dedication also works to cultivate confidence, focus and accountability. As they dedicate themselves, and accomplish their goals, their confidence will soar, which helps to boost accountability and focus. There’s no way real way of succeeding unless they’re fully into their art and accountable for bringing themselves there. Performing brings that drive and passion.
Performing can be a singular event, but often times it’s not. Your child’s performance depends on the group’s performance; the group’s performance depends on your child’s. Even when your child might be performing alone, there’s still a number of people and factors that influence that performance.
Communication skills, problem-solving skills and acceptance of criticism are all important parts of this aspect of performing—and they’re all shaped by viewing performing as a collaborative effort. Through work with teachers and instructors, as well as work with individuals in a group, team or class, children are able to enhance their skills for working with others.
Studio Dansu is having auditions April 6th for their new performance company—join us in performing and reaping the mental, emotional and physical benefits!