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Creating enriching environments where children can thrive

There are few greater pleasures than watching children thrive thanks to the combination of a nurturing environment and skilled and enthusiastic teachers.

For Perth resident Alison Tasker, that joy came from seeing her young daughter take part in the lessons offered by Stagecoach Performing Arts.

She wasn’t very athletic when she was young, and so I think she sometimes struggled to find her place in a school setting. While she was on Stagecoach, Tasker said, she always felt like this was her place — a place where she could shine.

With alumni including actors Jamie Bell and Emma Watson, it is clear that the educational framework offered by Stagecoach – an extracurricular performing arts network with schools across the UK as well as Canada, Germany, Gibraltar, Malta and Perth – has significant benefits for the young people who participate in training Age-appropriate performing arts.

Over 50,000 students around the world benefit from Stagecoach training every week. In addition to learning to dance, sing and act, participants develop a range of performance and craft skills as a result of their part-time lessons. They also learn skills that will benefit them later in life.

“They develop confidence through their ability to talk to people of different ages and work in teams,” Tasker said.

In drama and other disciplines, students are often asked to work collaboratively with other members of the group, and in dance they are encouraged to come up with their own choreography and movements based on a theme – creative approaches that encourage them to think outside the box.

Stagecoach offers classes where children interested in the arts can thrive. Image provided.

Watching her daughter’s development at Stagecoach classes in the UK, where they originally lived, and later in Perth, to which the family immigrated in early 2013, he encouraged Tasker to become a Stagecoach franchisor.

“It wasn’t something I immediately thought of, but I was in a new country, and I was feeling my way, and I think I got to a point where I kind of regretted not working in the arts,” said Tasker, who is today Stagecoach Perth South Director.

It felt like an opportunity, so I called the main office and started having some casual conversations. I have always found the head office really helpful and supportive, and throughout the training process as well, even now that I am a franchisor and manager. They were great, really friendly. She said, “It was a great experience for me.”

After recruiting a group of talented teachers to work at Stagecoach Perth South, Tasker is more than happy to see the kids under their supervision.

“I know we’ve done a great job seeing really shy kids, watching them grow up and out of their shell as the term progresses, and through later terms after that,” Tasker said.

“It’s amazing how they grow, improve their confidence, and level up in their play. They go from a one-and-a-half hour early-stage program with one teacher and teaching assistant, to a three-hour program where they move between three majors with three different teachers. It can be a pretty big step, But I am always amazed at how young people step up and rise to the challenge.

Tasker is equally keen to see the new franchisees rise to the rewarding challenge of opening new Stagecoach performing arts schools across Australia.

“If you have a passion for the arts, and if you enjoy building a business, this is a career move you should consider,” she said.

You get tremendous support from the main office Stagecoach and it is a great opportunity to learn on the job; You learn a lot and quickly. It is great to have someone to whom you can always turn, to ask for advice and help with anything.

So, I would say to anyone considering a career or franchise at Stagecoach, go for it. But please stick — stick to the brand and stick to the kids, because then everyone else will get a lot of it,” Tasker concluded.

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