Performing Arts In Cornwall
While many children who take on performing arts as a hobby are already outgoing and confident to start with, even the most retiring child can benefit from an arts related interest.
Apart from being fun, engaging in some sort of performing art enhances learning skills that will hold a child in good stead in their academic and then, adult lives.
First, there’s being consistent and reliable. For many children being on stage and in front of the spotlight is something they crave - but beyond the glitter and limelight there’s work.
Your child will soon learn that people on stage don’t just show up and perform with everything falling magically into place - it only looks that way because a team of people have worked hard at making it look effortless.
In fact, studies have shown that cognitive ability, verbal skills, critical thinking, motivation and concentration are all enhanced by being involved in the performing arts. It really doesn’t take an expert to figure out that drama can improve reading comprehension as well as verbal and non-verbal communications.
Dance classes, like being in a play, will teach your child to persevere as learning a dance routine takes time, rehearsal and practice.
Your child will need to invest time as well as effort as learning any sort of new skill helps to develop patience.
Physically, dance can help children improve their overall balance and fitness. Like other performing arts, dance requires concentration and focus. These are skills that they can also benefit from in the classroom.
If your child is not sporty then a performing arts class can help them develop the same skills that team sports engender - they will learn the value of collaboration, team work, responsibility and accountability. Apart from showing up and putting in the hours, your child will learn that if they miss their cue then the rest of the cast, orchestra or dance troupe is affected too.
In an environment like this the child will also get used to taking direction from an adult who is not a parent or teacher. They will also benefit from constructive feedback from this adult whether they are director, choreographer, music teacher or even juggling teacher.
So, even if the life plan doesn’t include stepping onto the red carpet at a future Oscar ceremony, by signing up to some form of performing art, children are able to gain confidence and invaluable social skills that will help carry them through life.
To reap the rewards of the performing arts disciplines sign your child up to a class near you…
Cornwall Theatre School
Tel: 01637 860397
Cornwall Theatre School specialises in Musical Theatre and offers 2 types of class: Show-Time and Trinity Musical Theatre exam class. It mounts 2 shows a year and appears in local festivals and charity events.
2016 has been a great year for CTS students: They received 100 % pass rate, with outstanding results for the fourth year running, in their Trinity Musical Theatre Exams and appeared in sold out shows at The Minack Theatre and Hall for Cornwall.
Students appear regularly in films and advertising campaigns. Private singing and drama lessons are also offered. Contact CTS to audition for the summer show or join the excellent exam class.
Jason Thomas Performing Arts
Tel: 01872 276365
The JTPA studio in Bude will run pre-school to student classes in Ballet including Pointe Work (RAD), Street Dance Solos and Street Dance Teams, Free Style, Tap, Theatre Craft, (IDTA) as well as adult classes in Barre, Yoga, Pilates, Tap, Ballet and Latin Fusion.
The students will have the opportunity to enter dance festivals and competitions locally and nationally. They will also have the opportunity to perform at the iconic Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, Hall for Cornwall, with Strictly Comes Dancing's star Pasha Kovalev and at various venues around the South West. Classes are in St Ives, Bude, Portreath, Bodmin, Fowey, Wadebridge and Truro. Call to book a free lesson.
Stagecoach Performing Arts Penzance
Tel: 07899 091237
Unlock your child’s potential with Stagecoach Performing Arts Penzance. It offers weekly classes in singing, dancing and acting for 2 to 18 year olds. Students are helped to develop the creative courage to unlock their potential, to stand up and be heard and to embrace new ideas and possibilities. As they put their new skills into practice, students become more self-assured, expressive, sociable and imaginative. They will acquire skills that will serve them well on the stage of life.
Tel: 0845 265 7082
Stagecoach Truro has some amazing opportunities coming up over the next few terms. It has been asked to form the children’s choir for the Joseph and his Techni-coloured Dreamcoat musical at the Hall for Cornwall in May. Students are currently filming for the third series of Poldark and one of Stagecoach Truro’s students starred in the movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. In 2018 Stagecoach Truro will be performing at Disney, Paris. Stagecoach Truro takes place at Penair School, St Clement, Truro, TR1 1TN. The spring term starts on 6 and 7 January.
Tel: 07775 446254
Molly Music provides young children with high quality music and movement classes. Little ones can benefit from all aspects of the music through singing, playing instruments, dancing and movement – and simply by having lots of fun. Three classes are available -Molly Pups for babies up to 14 months, Molly Tods for little ones aged 14 months to 2 years and Molly Tots for kids aged 2 - 4 years. Classes take place at St Austell, Truro and Bodmin.