Playful Performing Arts: Dance, Drama, & Music for Kids
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Why? Research has found children benefit mentally, socially, and physically from both play and the performing arts. Furthermore, our play-based approach to creativity fosters important right-brained skills that counter-balance the current left-brained, memorization and pressures of high stakes testing.
"According to research conducted by Kyung Hee Kim, Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary, all aspects of student creativity at the K-12 level have been in significant decline for the last few decades."
"America’s education model fails to promote the kind of creativity, risk-taking, and problem solving skills necessary for entrepreneurship, and for a world and labor market that is in the midst of profound transformation."
Check out the full article in Forbes!
Where? Classes are held wherever you would like PPA to come! We've been to places such as West Sand Lake Elementary, the Albany JCC, and Bloom Movement Space. This summer I'll be offering two camps at Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park. I teach in preschools, after-school programs, yoga studios, community centers, and summer camps. Call to arrange a workshop and get a 50% discount on one tuition!
- Low cost passed on to you due to no permanent rental overhead.
- More family time during evenings/weekends.
- Proven child developmental benefits: mental, physical, and emotional.
- Loads of fun for everyone!
Rebecca Andrews brings to Playful Performing Arts 25 years of experience working with children, a background in dance teaching and performance, and doctoral level work in psychology and child development. Her vision is to share the life-enriching beauty of the arts with children everywhere.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Physical movement coupled with novel pretend imagery can help with attention, speed, retention, and enjoyment of learning (Sacha & Ross, 2006).
Movement and music experiences integrated within a preschool curriculum can also reinforce math and logic concepts through rhythm and patterns of beat and tempo (Shilling, 2002).
In addition to cognitive learning benefits, creative movement and dance can be a transformative experience that develops body awareness as well as personal identity and control (Graham, 2002).
Lorenzo-Lasa, Riolama & Ideishi, Roger I. & Ideishi Sibhoan K. (2007). "Facilitating preschool learning and movement through dance." Early Childhood Education Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s10643-007-0172-9.