School Art Programs
Q. With recent art programs being cut from schools, some parents may not see the benefit or may not be able to afford self-funding.
A. After 23 years in dance education, I can vouch for the benefits arts education provides. Along with the physical and mental benefits, an education in the arts builds character too. Dance students learn time management that includes arriving on time to a rehearsal, managing time between school and dance projects, and the discipline learned in packing the appropriate uniforms, shoes, etc. Social lessons are also learned; including how to work well with others, team building, and if needed, conflict resolution. Arts education is so much more than putting brush to canvas, or learning steps in a ballet. The lessons learned benefit the child well beyond the time spent in the studio.
Daniel Tardibono, Administrative Director of Schools Texas Ballet Theater | texasballettheater.org