For students interested in the performing arts, a school trip focused on the subject might lead to new insights. More and more, educators are considering the benefits of such a tour in developing students’ performing arts skills.
A lengthy tradition
For many decades, if not centuries, it has been commonly accepted that students who are interested in the performing arts typically benefit from the opportunity to study abroad. In the past, this opportunity was largely restricted to more mature students and/or those from wealthy backgrounds.
The advantages obtained were rarely disputed. Looking, for example, at the field of dance, expert practitioners may exist in a number of different European locations, and having the opportunity to be coached by them on a school trip can only offer benefit for the students concerned. Equally importantly, studying the performing arts in a different cultural background may allow students to see the different emphases placed by other cultures on the various aspects of things such as dance and drama. For example, does the different body language seen in Latin countries affect their interpretation of body positioning during dance?
It certainly may be possible to study these things at home based upon academic representations in books or on the Internet, yet few would doubt that it is far more effective to see and experience such things in context.
The school trip and performing arts
Today it is possible to take groups of young students on tours to various centres of excellence located in some of Europe’s most prestigious destinations. Examples include places such as Paris, Berlin and other major cities.
The students are located in excellent accommodation and their day is divided into a number of workshop sessions where they receive expert coaching from established professionals. This is complemented by the opportunity to engage in performances so as to put into practice some of the skills they will have learned.
Of course, not everything is work! Being based in such attractive locations brings with it the opportunity to get out and explore some of the local sites and cultural attractions. This is essential if the interest of younger people is to be maintained and the dangers of them becoming stale avoided.
Inevitably, such tours will benefit those that have a genuine interest in the subjects concerned. There may be little point in trying to force people to attend who have no fundamental orientation towards, for example, dance or drama. Yet for those who do, the concentrated coaching in a dedicated environment may help them progress at a rate that may be unachievable under normal circumstances at their home base.
There are a variety of such tours available, suiting students of different ages and ability levels. The tutors and coaches understand well that not every student will be of equal ability and this is taken into account during the workshop and coaching sessions.
This type of school trip may make the difference between a student having just a passing and transitory interest in a subject or eventually becoming an accomplished practitioner.