Labelled one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Brisbane has quickly seen its rise as a culturally diverse, vibrant playground – with room for innovation and creativity. With more and more emphasis on arts and culture being valued alongside traditional education, this also means a growing and thriving arts community throughout its neighbouring suburbs. For us at Drama Works Academy, this is good news because it means more opportunities to connect and engage with the next generations through our mobile performing arts classes and programs; offered in various locations throughout Brisbane’s northside.
While performing arts classes can be a fun way to let loose or be a great extracurricular activity for kids, there are actually many significant benefits associated with drama classes at any age.
In this article, we highlight 5 benefits you may not have known about performing arts classes.
1. Builds Self-Confidence
It’s no secret that Drama Works Academy’s performing arts classes help build self-confidence amongst our students.
By giving students an opportunity to speak and perform in front of others, while providing a positive, safe environment, we have seen many individuals flourish from shy and insecure to confident and outspoken.
For those who may have learning or developmental difficulties, or who are naturally more “left-brained” it also gives them an opportunity to thrive and excel in an area of study they enjoy.
2. Creates Balanced Brains
Believe it or not, drama has a significant impact on brain development. While traditional academic subjects generally focus on left brained skills – such as studying theory and solving problems hypothetically – drama and the performing arts are associated with the right brain – the seat of creativity.
Whether performing in a production, or helping out behind the scenes – students are able to better perform in other areas of education through the development of valuable cognitive abilities.
Allowing students to be on their feet, active and interacting with others also helps with focus in a seated, classroom environment.
3. Improves Communication Skills
In our social media age, children are increasingly turning away from real human interaction to spend time isolated on phones, tablets, and social media.
Our performing arts classes encourage teamwork through numerous group activities, and allows children to naturally explore their communication and leadership abilities.
4. Develops Emotional Intelligence
Like many other artistic avenues, the performing arts is a wonderful outlet for all ages to explore and express their emotions.
Not only does exploring human expression through acting and performing teach individuals how to deal with their own emotions more effectively, but it also allows students to develop a sense of self and learn how to express their feelings towards others in more productive ways.
5. Boosts Career Opportunities
While certainly not all of our students have an interest in pursuing the performing arts as a career choice, our Performing Arts classes can certainly serve as a solid foundation for those who are interested in pursuing an acting career.
With many opportunities to perform and develop skills, we also offer an acting certification: 10197NAT Certificate IV in Acting for Stage and Screen. Training and Assessment delivered in partnership with Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art RTO 40859.