The performing arts are one of the finest forms of display that utilizes the human body in an incredible expression of creative thought. The most major forms of performing arts, like dance or music or theatre have been around for centuries, but they were never given any label to indicate that they were art-forms. However, all over the world, certain pockets of people have continued their art forms and over the centuries, these forms have refined themselves to become what they are today - the performing arts!
To become a part of the world of the performing arts, you can start at any age although the earlier you start the better you are likely to be. For the simple reason of having more time to do what you want, you can pick up a musical instrument at the age of 4 and start playing professionally by the time you hit 18, or earlier even. The performing arts are a fantastic way to spend your spare time and even those who are into other professions are known to use these art-form to spend their weekends or holidays in a creative and constructive way.
The Main Performing Arts
The performing arts come in a variety of genres with the main ones being Music, Dance and Theatre. These three are also the most popular forms of performing arts from around the world and every country and, even, region is known to have its own style and pattern that is unique to its own culture. If you are looking to get into the performing arts hobby, then the easiest one to enter is music. All you need to do is buy an instrument that fascinates you and you can easily get started on your own.
You can choose to take music lessons or simply buy one of those books or DVDs that teaches you exactly how to learn the various aspects of playing music. The best part about music as a hobby is that you can play it on your own, with a group, in a single room or even in front of a massive stadium full of people. Depending on how interested you are in your hobby, you can give it any shape you like and it will continue to flow undeterred. If you are into theatre, then things are a bit different!
In theatre, you have no option but to put yourself out there in front of an audience. If you have a case of stage-fright, then you will need to overcome it but without the kind of dedication that will allow you to do that, you might not find yourself doing too much with your hobby. However, if you love being in front of an audience, then this is the best form for you. It allows you to spend your spare time acting, dancing or singing to the roles that you enjoy. However, for those looking for something that gives you more options than just performing on the stage, how about learning how to dance?
Dancing is a performing art form that can be practiced in a small or big group, alone or with another person. It is considered one the most incredible ways of expressing oneself, especially when the music is something that you adore and understand. With the beats and the rhythm, your body moves to give a physical shape to the sound, a shape that justifies the emotion and passion that has gone into making that music. Out of all the performing art forms, dance is also the one chosen by many for its health benefits - considering how much activity it involves.
The Minor Performing Arts
Some of the other forms of performing arts include Opera, which is also a form of music and theatre, but extremely specialized. There's Circus, which is a combination of theatre and acrobatic performances although modern circuses are also known to have animal acts as well as other forms of comedic entertainment. Magic is also a performing art form that has grown through the ages. Originally a very small and niche brand of performing arts, people like David Copperfield, Franz Harare, David Blain and Chris Angel have taken the form to a whole new level.
If you loving miming, then that's another branch of performing arts that you can get into. It is basically a form of theatre that doesn't always need a stage. Mimes are more common on the street, doing their thing, or in parties where they are performing in front of an audience. Puppetry is another form of the performing arts where you are basically involved in a form of theatre with puppets instead of humans. The concept remains the same, but we have puppets playing out to a voice-over instead of humans doing the act themselves.
Whether you are interested in amateur theatre, in cosplay, or just being part of a dance performance, you are likely to find yourself with a number of options in terms of theatre groups, dance troupes and classes for every possible form of music, theatre or dance that you can imagine. Just pick up the local business directory and you will find more listings than you need. Just ask around and talk to the existing students to see what the atmosphere is like. If possible, take a few sample classes to understand how you would fit into the system and the style of teaching. Once you have everything sorted out, just give yourself a pat on the back because you would have embarked on a fantastic hobby in the world of the performing arts.