I have always loved performing. Since I started dance classes at our local Parks and Recreation Department, I’ve loved getting on a stage and entertaining people. The love I get from sharing dance with people is almost as powerful as the love of dance itself.
Not everyone gets to experience performing arts from a young age. Often, there is one visual art class a week in school, and a music class, as well. Painting, drawing, and creating is very important, but I wish there was more of the performing arts in public schools. Theater and dance are such great ways for children to express themselves, to learn about things, and to start conversations.
So, if children don’t get to experience performing arts every day in school, how can they experience it at a young age? I’ve got some great ideas for you.
How to get your kids excited
- Take a class with your kids When your children are little there are so many opportunities to take “mommy and me” classes. Take a dance class or creative movement class together. Not only do they get an introduction to the arts at an early age, but they get to spend time with one of their favorite people.
- Watch a musical on TV with your kids I would encourage a non-cartoon movie, but cartoons are OK too. Just emphasize the singing and dancing. Show them how fun it looks, and tell them how they can learn to do things like that too.
- Find a free trial class in your area Many dance studios and theater companies offer perspective students a free trial class to see if they like it. It’s a great introduction without paying an entire semester of tuition. Not every art is for everyone, but there’s bound to be something that your child likes to do.
- Go to a local recital Chances are that you know someone who is enrolled in a dance class or theater program. It’s a lot of fun for kids to see other kids performing. We took my son to see his cousin performing in Beauty and the Beast last Spring, and he loved it.
- Go to a local performance Even if you don’t live near Broadway, there are lots of traveling shows in every city. There are also local dance companies, theater companies, orchestras, and bands. Find a family friendly play/dance/concert, and take your whole family. It’s OK if you can’t make it through the entire show the first time. That’s why there’s an intermission!
No matter what you do, it’s so important to expose your little ones to the performing arts. They get their creative energies flowing, they can inspire them to think in different ways, and they can get them out of their comfort zone.
If you are local to the Milwaukee area, and need some suggestions, I can help you find a class or performance. I teach dance classes, and would love to have your little ones join me. There are just so many ways to get your little ones excited and involved in the performing arts.
In fact, I have a great way to introduce your entire family to the performing arts this next week. I was contacted by the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and have a great giveaway for you and 3 others to see TORUK – The First Flight.
Here’s the description for TORUK – The First Flight:
Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.
Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.
This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.”
You can win a Family Four Pack for the show on September 22nd at 7:30 pm by entering my giveaway below. I will announce the winner on the blog next Tuesday.
Even if you don’t win, you can still get a great deal on tickets. There are 6 shows running from September 22nd through September 25th. They have child tickets for $25 by clicking HERE and using the password CHILD25. There is also a Family Four Pack ticket offer you can get by clicking HERE.
So, get out there and try something new. Take a class and see some performing arts!