My first reaction was typically French. I couldn’t help the loud “pfffffttttt“followed by a long “tssssttt” when my daughter asked me if she could join this new afternoon enrichment class that promises “Stage fright will not be a hindrance anymore! Let your child be “camera shy” no more!”
– Sûrement pas ! in Europe, we actually love camera shy children. You are not even 5, forget about the stage. Pass your Master first, become an independent woman and then we’ll talk again about modelling, singing and dancing.
– Mum, please, just once. All my friends are going!
Of course all her friends are going, we are in the Philippines! Performing on stage is a way of life here!
Wait a minute..
That’s the whole point actually: we are in the Philippines! What if this On-stage-thing could actually help Ms Attila feel less of a foreigner and overcome her little anxiety ? .. So we cut a deal: I (and my camera) would attend the first class before making up my mind.
I was very surprised to see that even the shiest kids would eventually come out of their shells. The teachers were not pushy, they let the kids play at their own pace. I realised that I might have misunderstood the meaning of the class. What if it was not about showing off but about helping kids connect with their bodies and their feelings? What if those classes could actually develop their creativity and their attention ? It actually feels refreshing to finally look beyond the obsession with science and maths. Worth giving it another try!
The Attilas are enrolled for a few sessions .. To be continued …