Audtion Prep for your Child

Everywhere we look these days, there are new shows, movies, commercials, featuring the most adorable kids!  It seems even the youngest among them are capable of stealing the spotlight with the slightest of ease. (See this recent NYTimes article on the topic for more details: http://nyti.ms/11CtO8T)  Do you think your child could be one of “those kids”?

You could take it upon yourself to prepare your child.  eHow describes the process as simply as:  Review materials; Set up practice time and keep it fun; Don’t wait until the last minute; Bring head shots; and Allow your child to rest.  (Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_4516742_prepare-child-audition.html#ixzz2ri5T38Bj)

If you’re looking for a bit more guidance than that, there are many schools, programs, or workshops in the area that can support your child’s desire to be in the spotlight.  Take a look at these:

BROADWAY KIDS AUDITIONS – http://www.broadwaykidsauditions.com/
Our mission is to develop confident and extraordinary kids inside and outside of the audition room. This is why we teach.

ACTING WITH EMILY – http://actingwithemily.com/  Our classes are personal, warm, and individually tailored each semester to every students needs.If you are looking for a professional, supportive, fun, enriching performing arts program, Acting With Emily is THE place! For more on the AWE difference, click here.

And, of course, FRONT AND CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS - http://front-n-center.com/  We offer individuals of all ages and skill levels, the opportunity to grow and develop artistically and personally in a nurturing environment.  Our distinctive atmosphere encourages students with professional aspirations, as well as those who seek recreational fulfillment through the arts.
…many more to be found online…

Choosing a school that’s right for your child is key, but with the many choices out there it shouldn’t be too difficult.  Remember:  “Art Education for children teaches life skills such as developing an informed perception; articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.”  Source: Americans for the Arts, 2002; Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections, 1998, Introduction

Back to School

Can you even believe it’s “Back to School” time already?  Where has the summer gone?  Do you remember thinking, “I have the whole summer to…” go to the pool, or visit the beach, or read that great novel?  Has it happened?  Don’t fret, you are NOT alone.  The website, organizedhome.com suggests getting organized NOW before the back to school rush sets in.  Some recommendations are:  easing back into the routine by re-introducing strict bedtimes; creating a central calendar that the whole family will use and reference; sort through, purge and replace school clothing – sales start as early as July, so start shopping now!; avoid morning madness by planning ahead:  clothes, meals, inventory of backpacks can be done the night before; and finally, take a practice run to school (and extracurricular activities for that matter!) so you know how much time you need to get there.  For more detailed information on these suggestions, visit:  http://organizedhome.com/seasonal-spin/back-to-school-tips-get-organized

As we at FNC turn our attention to the fall and our new school year, we are excited about many things. Our newly expanded space offers another studio for dance, as well as a fitness wing for Physical Therapy and Yoga/Pilates.  Our class line up is jam-packed with new options for Adults and children of all ages including a Care Giver and Me class.

We are thankful for the time we get to spend helping your children to develop an appreciation for the arts. Our caring and attentive faculty looks forward to another great year.  Did you know that Arts education can actually “strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills” in your children?  Americans for the Arts, http://www.americansforthearts.org/, 2002  In addition, “it motivates and engages children in learning, stimulates memory, and facilitates understanding…”  Young Children and the Arts:  Making Creative Connections, 1998, Introduction.  Our caring faculty of trained professionals is eager to connect with your children and share their passion for the arts.