Did you know that recent studies have shown that children who take part in the performing arts are not only more confident, but they often perform better in core subjects such as Science and English?

Performing Arts allows children to be themselves and to be confident in who they are. The skills they learn at Swish are not only educational and engaging, but develop skills such as confidence and discipline to help them succeed in life. Having an extracurricular interest such as the performing arts also provides children with the platform to grow into confident, resilient, well-rounded individuals.

  1. It’s ok to not get it right first time
    In today’s fast paced world, we are all expected to engage, to adapt, and to move at a lightning pace just to keep up with those around us. Even our children are expected to stand on their own two feet, to be disciplined, determined and dedicated all at the same time. At Swish we encourage children to try, to experience, to make mistakes and to get back up time and time again. This may be a dance step, a high note or a level of focus that requires all their might and concentration. Whatever it is, the lesson remains the same – it’s ok to fail because that is the best way to learn and develop.
  2. Team work makes the dream work
    The creativity involved in performing arts extends to emotional creativity too. It encourages students to find new ways of seeing the world and in group settings, there is much less of a focus on winning and losing or right and wrong. Instead, rehearsals, class work and live performances demand working together as a team and striving toward a collective goal. There’s no better feeling and no better way to get that self esteem to soar than that collaborative achievement.
  3. Think Fast
    Performing for audiences teaches children self-reliance and quick-thinking. We all know that live performances can differ drastically from show to show, whether it’s by audience, time of day or location. Students have to think on their feet and learn how to improvise to suit the ever changing conditions. Even having to fill in for a classmate at the last minute teaches the individual to remain calm and composed on the outside, even if on the inside they are mildly terrified!
  4. Practice makes perfect
    Everything is so instantaneous nowadays. We often forget that great achievement requires great amounts of practice and perseverance. At Swish we are constantly learning, re learning and perfecting lines, routines, songs and choreography. It’s not until the big night that the whole product comes together and all the hours of hard work finally make sense to the children and indeed the parents. 
  5. Be you
    The performing arts can encourage your child to explore their emotions, expanding their imagination and helping them develop their own, unique voice. Each discipline – acting, dancing and singing engage a child’s brain, body and emotions in different ways to encourage their confidence and find the joy in self-expression. The joy in being themselves.