Why the Performing Arts Matter

“The object of performing is to give life shape.” – William Shakespeare

The performing arts transcend barriers and unify our society, and to some degree or another we all take part in the art of performing. Whether it’s giving a presentation at work, teaching your children an important lesson or simply retelling a funny fib from early in the day, there is an element of performance in all of it. In short, the performing arts encompass an enormous umbrella of expression and storytelling.

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So Why Is it Important?

There are many reasons why the performing arts are important, but we feel each reason can be housed under these three main principles:

  1. It helps us connect to the world around us.
    Have you ever gone to a show and been lifted, entertained or changed because of it? Maybe not, but chances are when meaningful music is sung or the inspiring and passionate dance is witnessed, it affected you in some way. That’s because when we put stories together with music it gives us new perspective and new tools to face and fix our problems individually and collectively.
  2. Performing on stage builds confidence.
    While confidence isn’t everything, it does help us in achieving our potential. In our world of likes, shares and retweets, so much of our self-worth tends to be measured by others. And while a portion of performing does give us a sense of validation from others, when kept in check, performing is a source of affirmation for our own self-worth.
  3. The performing arts helps us finding meaning.
    The performing arts gives the participant an opportunity to find meaning in the menial and magnificent tasks in life. Performing is important to our society, because it fills a void; giving reason to confusing or complicated questions we may ask. When stories are made into music it can become something that can move us and heal us and help us live better.

Other Effects of the Performing Arts

Sadly, the performing arts also have the potential to be destructive. Some performances today have become too sensational and tend to use extreme measures to delight or entertain an audience. Part of that cause comes from the demand of audiences to produce material that is more edgy and shocking. The other part may stem from a writer’s inability to generate new ideas or just the simple fact that scaling back the morality of a production means it will get more views.
This effect has shifted the intention of much of the performing arts and made it difficult to train in an uplifting environment. But at INSPIRE, we think performing can maintain it’s integrity and still bring delight and light to the stage. It’s important for some to choose a higher road in the performing world, and that is a road we have chosen to take and a road we will stay on.

10 Reasons to Enroll Your Kids in INSPIRE’s Summer Music/Dance Camps

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Are you looking for something for your kids to do this summer–look no further! There are many summer camps and reasons to get your kids out in the community and staying busy this summer. Here are 10 reasons, in no particular order, that you should sign up your kids for one of INSPIRE Entertainment’s Summer Music/Dance Camps.

10. Performance Skills

This summer we are excited to help your children learn to become performers not just singers or dancers. They will get opportunities to be a part of a team/group. They will be building scenes together, mastering incredible music, and dancing till they drop…and then they will be begging you for more.

Learning these performing skills can  greatly impact  their school and personal lives for the better. It will help improve your child’s social interactions, their confidence, their self esteem, and their ability to communicate. Give your child a boost in life by bringing them to our camps!

9. Some Needed Free Time for You

You need some time this summer, now that the kids are out of school, to get things done. Why not drop them off at INSPIRE Entertainment’s brand new facility and give them an opportunity to not only have fun but learn a LOT about themselves, others, and the power of music and performance.

Leave your kids with us and have confidence in knowing that it will be well worth your time, money, and go out and do something for yourself!

8. Community Relationships 

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Being a part of INSPIRE Entertainment means that you know that your kids will also be a part of building their community. We love to not only perform in our community but also give back by getting involved in local service projects.

INSPIRE also loves to bring in community members to help our students learn and grow from others. We do workshops all the time that help students to get connected to other types of performing (Comedy, Opera, Disney, etc) and build strong ties with their community.

INSPIRE Entertainment is here to provide your children with a one-stop shop at getting diverse opportunities to learn, grow, and perform without having to leave Arizona.

7. Building Friendships

Think back to your most treasured friendship. such. great.memories, right?  Being a part of a team, creating memories together, performing as a group, watching your friends overcome insecurities, setting goals and reaching them…all of these things and more are part of what we aim to do with your children this summer.

INSPIRE Entertainment isn’t just about learning to dance, act, and sing–it is about so much more. We want to build character, respect, and create an environment that invites change, vulnerability, and so much more!

6.  Dance It Out

Do your kids get all kinds of restless and wiggly at home with nothing to do now that school is out? Are they knocking over your furniture and begging you to take them outside or to the park to play? What about dropping them off at one of our summer camps where they can dance it all out!

Connie Bergstein Dow wrote in “The Power of Creative Dance”, Evidence is mounting about the benefits of movement in the learning process. Creative dance is the perfect vehicle for enhancing the mind-body connection in young children and an important part of early education…The creative arts, by definition, nurture these aspects of developing children. Movement allows young children to approach tasks through the body, or kinesthetically, and come up with new questions, new answers, and innovative solutions.”

5.  So Much Fun!

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We LOVE to have fun! If your kids are looking for a place to get out their wiggles and have fun JOIN US this summer! WE have dancing, singing, performing, and so much more. Our staff is trained in working with children and teens and we love to see them smiling, laughing, and most of all, wanting to come back for more!

4.  Incredibly Experienced & Talented Staff

Did you know that each and every staff member at INSPIRE Entertainment has over 12+ years of experience in music/dance performance. Check out The Team on our website to discover how much talent we have packed into one place.

We have Disney Princesses, Teachers that have performed all over the world, on cruises, in BYU’s Vocal point and Young Ambassadors. We have incredible dance, musical theater, and vocal coaches who have not only performed for years but have music education and teaching degrees as well.

When you children work with our staff they will get the best of all we have to offer and more. We continue to bring in new talent, offer fun educational workshops, and our staff are always honing in on their crafts!

3. Brain Power

Just because your kids aren’t in school doesn’t mean they need to stop working their brains. Being involved in summer music/dance camps keeps your kids’ brains going all summer long!

“Because making music also involves crafting and understanding emotional content and message-musicians often have higher levels of executive functioning.” (Anita Collins)

“Music has been known to alleviate stress by increasing the body’s release of endorphins—the feel good chemicals. New research also reveals that music produces powerful effects on the brain, promoting cognitive development, verbal skills and emotional intelligence.”  (Mary Desaulniers)

2Confidence & Self Esteem Building

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In a recent INSPIRE Entertainment Blog post, “How Performance builds confidence & Self Esteem”, we found “students who were highly involved with the arts outperformed less-involved peers, even within low socioeconomic groups. Music, in particular, helps provide children with improved classroom skills, including critical thinking, creative problem solving, team work, and effective communication.”

This means that when your kids come to our summer camps not only will they have fun, make new friends, and learn a lot about music and performance but they will also build their confidence and self esteem!

1. Making Dreams Come True

With shows like “American Idol”, “The Voice”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Dancing With The Stars” and so much more your kids are growing up with dreams of being dancers, entertainers, singers, performers, and so much more. They want to learn more but you’re not sure where to start.

Make your kid’s dreams come true by enrolling them in our summer camps! They will find adventure, fun, friends, and begin or continue an amazing journey that will take them to places they can’t imagine!

All Summer Camps will be held at the INSPIRE Entertainment Studio – 3244 E Guadalupe Rd Ste 108 Gilbert, AZ 85234. Meals will not be provided, so please make sure you eat breakfast before coming to camp each day and bring snacks or a lunch if needed throughout the day. There will be breaks periodically throughout each day.   Register NOW!

How Performing Builds Confidence & Self Esteem

 “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

As children and teens navigate their great big world they can’t help but feel small and insignificant. The lucky ones are those who find something they love at an early age.  The rest seem to gravitate toward whatever they are closest to or where they feel the most accepted. I have always loved the opening quote of this blog because of its truth.  In life there will always be those who hear the music and those who don’t. Even more there will always be those who dance when they hear the music and those who don’t.  Performing Arts Programs create a fun and structured space for kids to navigate the ups and downs of their adolescence.

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Learning how to perform, singing with and in front of others, dancing as part of a team or group – all of these things help kids build a sense of purpose, camaraderie, confidence, and self esteem. Cheryl Lock’s article, “Turn to the Arts to Boost Self Esteem” , that was published on PBS.Org,  had a lot of great things to say about how the arts positively affect children. She also mentioned,

A 2005 Harris Poll found that 93 percent of Americans agreed the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for children. In another 2009 study, 12 years of data was collected for the National Educational Longitudinal Survey to look at the effect of education, visual, and performing arts on the achievement and values of children. The study found that students who were highly involved with the arts outperformed less-involved peers, even within low socioeconomic groups. Music, in particular, helps provide children with improved classroom skills, including critical thinking, creative problem solving, team work, and effective communication.

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A few months ago the founders of INSPIRE were able to witness one of their students sit down at a piano and sing a solo in front of a room filled with complete strangers. This particular student started coming to INSPIRE Youth classes a few years ago but she was quiet and lacked confidence in her abilities. After some time, a few solos, and lots of of bonding through the power music, she grew into an incredible performer. It was amazing to sit and watch her put those skills into action.

“Music CAN change the world because it CAN change the people.” (Bono Vox-U2)

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Music & Movement

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Here at INSPIRE Entertainment we want to provide a place where children of all ages can come play, move, sing, explore their creative minds, and move their wiggly bodies. Literature is full of studies that tell us that children are healthier and happier if they are moving and using music in their lives. From her blog post, “The Power of Music in the Learning Process,” Roann Keen said,

Music and movement is a powerful tool, encouraging the young child to learn in fun and exciting ways.  As teachers and caregivers, we can help children to “see” into an imaginary world and create fun without the use of fancy and expensive props, toys or visuals.  Through music and movement activities, we can help children to explore the world of nature, especially when we take them outside.  Encouraging children to move, dance and sing while they are playing promotes a healthy lifestyle and often teaches them how to play.

It’s not so much about having your children in a specific type of music and movement program but more importantly that children thrive from music and movement. It helps them to become more social, stay healthy – this is becoming increasingly important as children are more and more sedimentary and are becoming more and more obese, and helps them to boost their creative juices. Connie Bergstein Dow wrote in “The Power of Creative Dance”,

Evidence is mounting about the benefits of movement in the learning process. Creative dance is the perfect vehicle for enhancing the mind-body connection in young children and an important part of early education…The creative arts, by definition, nurture these aspects of developing children. Movement allows young children to approach tasks through the body, or kinesthetically, and come up with new questions, new answers, and innovative solutions.

Come check out our music and movement classes and learn more about how this type of activity can play an essential role in the life of your children!

Mommy & Me Music & Movement  (Ages 1-3)

Musical Minis (Ages 3-4)

Fun with Music (Ages 5-7)

Treblemakers (Ages 8-10)

Rockin’ Singers (11-13)

Voices in Harmony (14-18)

*Each week we will offer blog posts like this one and encourage you to join our newsletter coming out next month! For more information about INSPIRE Entertainment go to our website: www.inspireent.com or send an email to info@inspireent.com

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