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Learning ‘Creative Courage for Life’ at Stagecoach

Photo: Nicola Selby

The performing arts teach children a range of life skills that are increasingly not being taught in schools. One of the key lessons is courage – a vital skill for everyday life

Although it may only be three hours on a Saturday morning, at Stagecoach those three hours provide a huge range of essential skills that help young people succeed in every aspect of their lives, for the rest of their lives.

Stagecoach, the largest network of extra-curricular performing arts schools in the country, calls the essential education that it provides ‘Creative Courage for Life’. It is about using the power of the performing arts to foster confidence, imagination, creativity, resilience and self-expression: everything a young person needs to face a changing and often challenging world.

Not only that, but what could be more fun than learning these skills while also singing, dancing and acting with friends?

These days, those skills are increasingly less likely to be taught at school, especially
as schools cut back on arts teaching. That’s why an environment such as Stagecoach is
so important – and now more than ever.

Learning how to sing, dance and act can help to prepare a young person for a career in the performing arts, of course, but it can also offer so much else besides – because that
kind of courage is vital in so many aspects of daily life.

Courage is important when speaking up in a group of friends or having the confidence to meet new people with a smile, but it’s also needed in many other, less obvious, situations.

When acting a scene it’s easy to forget a line or to hit a wrong note when singing. Stagecoach students learn that mistakes are not only inevitable, but they’re a crucial and valuable part of learning. At Stagecoach, young people can discover the courage to make mistakes and learn that getting something wrong is okay. What matters is having another go: learning from mistakes and becoming resilient when things don’t go to plan.

In that sense, the performing arts are often about solving problems quickly and imaginatively – they are about learning how to ensure that line sticks in the head or how to find a way to reach that high note.

Besides, someone might have an idea for a better way of doing things and ‘creative courage’ will help a student speak up in front of their friends and express themselves clearly and fluently.

Stagecoach teaches students how to make themselves understood amid the excitement of rehearsals or in the bustle of daily life. And when it comes to dancing, all those skills come into play while staying active, rather than sitting in front of a screen.

Change is inevitable and it can be hard. From new classmates to moving house to starting a new job, we all face a constantly changing world. But learning to perform, learning to adapt quickly, in rehearsal or on stage, makes change a familiar concept and that feeds into all areas of life.

Stagecoach fundamentally believes that every child has the potential to be brilliant, but that potential has to be realised. There’s no better way to realise it than through a combination of singing, acting and dancing. What those disciplines offer young people
is ‘creative courage’ – not just for three hours on a Saturday morning, but for the rest of
their lives.

For more details on Stagecoach Performing Arts schools, visit stagecoach.co.uk

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