The start of a new year is a great opportunity to try something different, develop new skills or aim to get even better at something you are already doing.
Noodle Performance Arts offers dance and performing arts classes for children from the moment they can walk right up to the end of secondary school. And for 2020, we’ve come up with 20 reasons why you should consider letting your son or daughter give one of our sessions a go.
- Try out our classes for free
We understand that it can be difficult to know which activities your child will enjoy so we offer a free trial session for our classes. This means you can find out what our classes are like without any financial commitment. These taster sessions allow your son or daughter to get a real feel for what they will do in a Noodle class so they can decide for themselves whether they want to continue.
- Build confidence
Getting involved in the performing arts is an effective way of helping your child gain confidence. Many people make the mistake of thinking that drama, singing and dance classes are only for outgoing children, but over our years of teaching, we have seen many shy youngsters come out of their shells and thrive after becoming Noodle students.
- Make new friendships
Our classes encourage students to interact with and get to know others and are a great way of introducing your child to new friends. And as most of our sessions include children from several different schools, they allow youngsters to develop relationships away from the classroom and playground environment.
- Boost self-esteem
It’s important for your child to believe in themselves and feel happy about who they are. Performing in front of other people can be a little bit intimidating at first but once your son and daughter has faced their fears, they will get a rush of pride in their achievement. And they don’t have to have a major part in a show to get a real boost to their self-esteem, just completing an exercise in front of a small group can be enough to help them feel more confident in their own abilities.
- Get active
Our dance and performing arts classes involve plenty of movement and are an effective way of your child increasing their activity levels without even realising it. According to the NHS, children and young people should take part in at least two different types of physical activity each week to strengthen their muscles and bones. Noodle classes are non-competitive and inclusive so all children can enjoy burning off their energy in a fun, no-pressure setting. As well as being good for strength, dance boosts aerobic fitness levels and builds stamina so will also help your child when it comes to sports and other physical activities.
- Teach that practice makes perfect
One of the most important lessons your child can learn when they’re growing up is that hard work and perseverance produces results. When it comes to performing, no one gets everything perfect straight away and rehearsals and practice bring the improvements needed to get a show ready for an audience. Learning that practice makes perfect is not just important when it comes to performing – it helps your child realise that with a bit of commitment and determination, they can achieve their ambitions, whatever they are. This is important when it comes to revising for exams and practicing new skills. The performing arts also help young people realise that mistakes are inevitable and the most important thing is to keep trying – a vital lesson for later life.
- Develop communication skills
Our Noodle performing arts classes involve singing and drama, which help develop your child’s communication skills. Talking in front of others will allow your child to feel more confident about expressing themselves in a group and listening to their peers. Learning lines and the lyrics to songs will increase your son or daughter’s vocabulary, allow them to get to grips with the structure of language and build their understanding of pitch, rhythm, volume and projection. Singing and talking aloud from a young age also strengthens a child’s lips and tongue, making clear speech easier. In drama classes, children get a chance to experiment with different expressions, tones of voice and ways of behaving. This can improve their understanding of using body language and different ways of effectively communicating how they feel.
- Improve literacy
When your child attends a Noodle class, they may be given lines to learn for a performance, whether they are singing a song or have a speaking part in a show. Learning lines encourages children to read independently and really take time to understand and interpret pieces of writing, thinking about what the words mean and how the characters might be feeling. These literacy skills will come in useful when it comes to writing and reading comprehension at school.
- Show them importance of teamwork
Working with others and being part of a team is a vital life skill. Both dance and performing arts classes regularly involve working as a group to put together a performance. Dancing, acting and singing with others teaches young people the importance of collaboration, cooperation and supporting each other as a team. Working closely in a group can also build lasting friendships and help children develop their social skills.
- Strengthen memory
The more a child uses their memory, the stronger it will become. Our classes encourage them to remember lots of different things including choreography, lines, lyrics, cues and positions. Learning a song, dance or dramatic scene will test your child’s memory skills and help them get used to remembering lots of different things at the same time. Having a strong memory is helpful in all aspects of life, including learning and recalling facts and information for school.
- Widen their interests
Having lots of interests can help your child discover what they really enjoy, uncover new talents and allow them to discover more of the world around them. Trying out something new like dance or performing arts allows young people to learn more about themselves and could even inspire them to pursue those interests as they get older.
- Give them the opportunity to shine
Taking to the stage and performing in front of an audience gives children the opportunity to shine and show off their skills to other people. Allowing your child to do something they enjoy and are good at will give them lasting memories they will cherish and allow them to feel proud of themselves and enjoy you feeling them proud of them too.
- More affordable than traditional theatre schools
Traditional theatre schools can be expensive and the idea of committing to costly classes may be daunting. This is why we do everything we can to make Noodle affordable for families so as many young people as possible can benefit from getting involved in performing arts. Our classes are significantly cheaper than those offered by many of our competitors. We also keep costs down as there are no compulsory exam fees or uniforms to buy.
- Regular chances to perform
Our students thrive on performing so we give them plenty of opportunities to show off what they have learnt in class. Every year, we have a big annual show and there are also class presentations every Christmas. We also try to fit in other chances to perform where we can, which could be anything from singing at a care home to performing at a summer fair. A group of our Sheffield Noodlers are even heading to Disneyland Paris to perform in August.
- Lower stress levels
Singing and dancing makes your body release endorphins and serotonin – the feel-good hormones often associated with love and exercise. This means that your child’s regular performing arts class can actually help lower their stress levels and boost their mood. Singing and dancing in a group also gives young people a sense of community and belonging which is good for their mental wellbeing.
- Create new connections in the brain
Doing new things like singing, dancing and acting creates and strengthens neurological connections between different parts of the brain. These include the areas of the brain involved in language, fine motor skills, visual imagery, emotion and rhythm. Developing these parts of the brain will increase your child’s concentration levels and help them when they try other activities.
- Work on motor skills
All our Noodle classes involve some form of dancing, which is important to developing gross motor skills, coordination and balance. Performing also helps your child develop a skill known as proprioception – knowing where their body is in space and being aware of its position. Our toddler classes are beneficial in helping little ones become more confident at skills like walking, running and jumping and our older students may find they become better at sports and other activities involving movement.
- Earn Children’s University credits
Noodle Performance Arts is a learning destination for Sheffield Children’s University so our students can earn credits every time they take one of our classes. The Children’s University scheme sees young people of school age receive awards once they have notched up a certain number of hours of extracurricular activities. We also often run free workshops for people registered on the Children’s University scheme during the school holidays.
- Encourage empathy and understanding
Taking part in drama activities encourages children to try and understand the world from another person’s point of view. Games and activities often involve thinking about how a character might feel in a certain situation and how they might react. This is a great way of helping them to develop empathy and compassion for others.
- Have lots of fun!
We’ve saved the most important reason to take a Noodle class until last – fun. All our classes place an emphasis on having fun and seeing our students relax and enjoy themselves is our favourite part of teaching.
- If you’d like your child to try a Noodle class in 2020, you can book a free taster session here.