A few days ago I was asked what I do and told the person I run a stage academy. People are always interested when you say you run a dance and drama academy and think it sounds fun.
Truth is it is more than just fun. I feel that in this day and age it is vitally important.
If you're reading this and you attend the school you will no doubt have seen my two daughters, Evie and Esme, getting stuck in the classes too. I feel that their drama and dance classes aren't just an opportunity for me to bring them along to work with me, but a chance for them to make friends, be silly, act out without getting shouted at within the rigid boundaries and rules of school. They build confidence, help them to understand connection and communication and give them a real opportunity for human interaction.
The modern digital age means we live our life on our devices. While this is brilliant and comes with lots of positive attributes, it can have a detrimental effect on our children. So many children come to us stuck in their shells. They are shy and withdrawn and some even suffer from anxiety at a young age.
It brings me the most amazing sense of achievement and joy to see these young children not only start to communicate and gain confidence, but they thrive too.
My own daughter really doesn't like to read her school books. We sit round the dinner table and try to attempt homework together, but she just isn't interested and it's a bit of a battle. However, give her a drama script and she's off! Not only reading with confidence and authority, but acting out the words with emotions and feelings. So while she might not have a love for reading the books in school, I've no worries on her reading ability at all, safe in the knowledge that drama has helped her so much in this area.
Dance is also the same. Allowing children an outlet to perform, release energy, express themselves and have fun pretending to be their favourite pop star is a joy to watch. They have poise, grace, sass and style - even at 2 years of age!
So when people ask me about my little stage school, I can't help but talk about it with passion, gratitude and love. There really is no better feeling than watching my family of pupils achieve so much in a short space of time.
So firstly to those of you who attend Premier Drama Academy, thank you! Thank you for entrusting me with your children and letting me experience the sheer delight of seeing them grow and prosper within themselves.
Secondly, if you are reading this and wondering if dance, drama, singing, cheerleading is for your child, don't hesitate, pop along to Fulwood Academy on Monday and Wednesdays from 5pm and Fridays at Galloway Hall, Brackenbury Road Fulwood from 4pm to see how we operate and see if we would be a good fit for your family.
Also, one parent to another, I also run adult ballet, tap and ballet fit classes on a Monday. I loved dancing as a youngster and when I had my girls a lot of the things I used to love fell by the wayside. I set these classes up for likeminded mums to come together, have a proper giggle, get in some extra steps on the fitbit and have fun while staying healthy. Come along any Monday and join us for a session.
In the meantime if you have any questions, drop me a message on Facebook or instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get back to you as soon as I've finished tapping or teaching these amazing little bunch.
If you know anyone who is thinking of drama, singing or dance for themselves or their children, please feel free to share the love and forward this on.