The role of the arts in our lives is a MOST important one.
All things come and go: governments, fashions, all living things; but ideas and their expression remain. Performing Art is special because it is living and active expression. We learn by practice and, in the arts, we practice and grow, we can achieve a sense of our being and have the ability to express our spirit/soul.
We each develop differently. We like to see our students as individual flowers: each beautiful, but "blossoming" in his/her own time. In our current society, our imaginations are often not used as they once were, and, sometimes, an individual and his/her achievements can get "lost". That is only one of the many reasons it's so very important to give this opportunity to your children, as well as to yourself.