Perhaps you view Performing Arts Schools as places where they create the singing and dancing stars of tomorrow. Well that’s part if the story for sure, but they also deliver a wealth of other tangible benefits that stimulate mind and body.It’s becoming increasingly recognized that there are numerous educational and social paybacks to taking part in musical, dancing and singing that can benefit youngsters of either gender and all age groups.In 2007, researchers at the University of Maryland found that activities such as music and acting had a positive impact on children’s emotional development and behaviour. Whereas kids who did not participate in these types of activities had lower self-esteem and were more found to be socially-immature. Indeed ongoing research proves that performing arts activities play a key role in cognitive, motor, language and social emotional development.Dancing has always been considered a great all round exercise for improving muscle strength, balance and co-ordination and reducing obesity. But now the psychological benefits to the child’s development such as improved critical thinking skills and problem solving are increasingly being acknowledged too.Allowing children to express ‘feeling’ through the power of song and dance is a proven way of helping young people manage their emotions and not be confused or frightened by them. Children who take part are more likely to be tolerant of others and more open to diversity. They are also likely to be more self-disciplined than their non-performing peers.The performing arts provide a wealth of benefits both mental and physical to youngsters of either gender. If your child currently shows an interest in dancing or singing, then why not contact your local performing arts venue and see what classes are available for that particular age group. Many schools offer ‘taster’ sessions where youngsters can come along and see what it’s all about and often try out the activities for themselves.Acting and drama courses provide a great foundation for the potential performers of tomorrow. Drama also offers a platform for self-fulfilment and emotional stability, promoting diligence, self-confidence and calmness. As well as developing these ‘performance’ attributes, you are more likely to find that youngsters who take part in these kinds of activities perform better than average academically too.These courses have so much to offer a young budding performer in terms of artistic and academic potential, why not see for yourself what your local performing arts school has to offer.