Where Are the Performing Arts?
By Kimberly G
You may not think preforming arts is important, but I’m here to tell you it is! Preforming arts is important, according to Valerie Strauss in her blog, The Washington Post. Lisa Phillips says the 10 things children learn from Preforming Arts are Creativity, Confidence, Problem-Solving, Perseverance, Focus, Non-Verbal Communication, Receiving Constructive Feedback, Collaboration, Dedication, and Accountability. These are all things that help children learn and that help them to become successful.
There are many things that the community offers in preforming arts, dance teams, theaters, classes, and courses. Binghamton University does a Summer Youth Musical Theatre Workshop. It’s for children from ages 12 to 18. It’s a three week program that is for children who want to be in a real musical production; they will be learning new skills and developing experience. Audition required. To learn more about BU workshops go to www.binghamton.edu and search Summer Theater.
There is also a preforming arts workshop in Endicott. It’s called EPAC it stands for Endicott Preforming Arts Center. It’s for ages 6 to 18. The workshop is a theater classes which teach the principles of acting, singing, and dance while focusing on the production of a full scale Broadway musical. To learn more about EPAC go to www.endicottarts.com/
There is also the Broom County Dance Center. They offer dance for people at every level, and to dancers in pre-school to adulthood. They offer tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet and much more. To learn more go to http://www.bcdancecenter.org/.
There are more dance centers like The Dance Connection. They offer ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and many more. They also give classes in acting and a song & dance work shop. I interviewed a mother and daughter, Kathy and Kylie Gilroy, about their experience with The Dance Connection. The mother, Kathy, said she signed her daughter up when she was 3 years old. Kathy would absolutely tell other parents about her experience with The Dance Connection. She likes that it is like a family there, and she also thinks it is important to be part of something, whether it is dancing or not. Kylie has done six or more classes just in the past year. Kathy also says the dance connection becomes like a family and she would encourage others to join. She also believes dancing is important and that even if you have no experience in dance, it’s still important. To find out more about The Dance Connection, you can go to their website at http://waitwhat.biz/.
There are many options on what children can do in the preforming arts— theater, dance classes, acting classes, and singing classes. The community offers a lot, you just have to take the first step to get your child started.