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Here are the Yorkshire Academy of Film & Television Acting (YAFTA) we teach professional screen acting for to children, teenagers and adults but not everyone that attends our classes wants to become the next Hollywood star. Children will benefit enormously from joining an acting class. There are a number of transferable skills that children will learn from attending an acting class that will help to benefit them in their everyday lives, not just now but also in the future when they enter the world of work.

Below you can read more about the wonderful benefits of learning to act.

  • Confidence and self-esteem: Building these in the early years is crucial to help your child develop find the inner strength they need to cope with the challenges of life. Being confident and having high self-esteem will aid your child to be successful at school and in other activities, to make friends, to be happier and will lead to a brighter future.

  • Creativity & ability to express themselves: Children who are creative and are able to express themselves emotionally are likely to have improved mental health, stronger relationships with family & friends and stronger coping mechanisms. The basis of being a good actor is about having the ability to think creatively to enable a unique performance, this will be encouraged in any acting class.Drama club in Yorkshire

  • Empathy: This is a very important characteristic for any child or adult and it is one that naturally grows through acting and through learning how it can feel to be somebody else.

  • Social & communication skills: Acquiring good social skills early on will be highly beneficial to your child’s future and acting is arguably one of the best ways to develop these skills. Children will learn to communicate effectively in verbal and non-verbal ways and to listen to each other. Additionally they will learn to speak clearly and confidently in an engaging manner.

  • Reading skills: As you would expect, there is a lot of reading involved in being an actor and consequently reading ability will flourish through practice.

  • Concentration: Concentration is vital when acting, the ability to concentrate for extended periods of time will aid with schoolwork and other activities.

  • Listening Skill: Acting is about listening and reacting, learning how to listen effectively helps children in the classroom and also in their social skills.

  • Memory: Acting constantly challenges and improves memory through various exercises and the requirement to learn lines as well as direction.

  • Discipline: Children who act will develop self-control through the requirements to behave in a professional manner, be dedicated to the craft and having to be fully prepared for all classes and auditions alike.Creating emplyment opportunities for women

  • Researching Skills: It is vitally important that all actors thoroughly prepare their scripts and monologues, research their characters and research the full text. Understanding how to research is vital to being a good student in any subject. It is the level of research conducted that will make the difference between a first class and second class degree at University so understanding how to research at a young age will put your child in a good position to further their education.

In conclusion, not only will your child have fun and make new friends in a creative yet structured environment but they will be developing essential life skills which will stay with them, not just for the time that they attend classes but for life.

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