Creating a safe space for younger and older kids to explore their creativity, play and build their resilience is the key to the success of Perth-based improvisation outfit Just Improvise's BOOST: Improv for Kids and Teen courses and its Hive of Nine Be's philosophy.
WA Academy of Performing Arts improv lecturer and Just Improvise head Glenn Hall said research had shown improv to be a powerful tool to help children better cope with change, increase their social skills and even reduce aggression.
"Kids with anxieties, those worried about being perfect, and those that struggle to bounce back when things don't go their way or as planned can also benefit from learning how make decisions in the moment and trust themselves more," explained Glenn Hall, WA Academy of Performing Arts improv lecturer and the head of Just Improvise.
"Cooperation, teamwork, and being kind while having fun are all keys to improv – and life."
Perth teenager Imogen Maher has reaped the benefits: "It's BOOST-ed (haha) my confidence, the ability to think on my feet, and being able to feel comfortable in unfamiliar situations."
"She enjoys it so much that looking forward to it during the week can make a stressful week at school bearable," said Imogen's mum, Heather.
"It's like grown up play which is so good, such an antidote to school stress and study."
The 8-week programs are for kids aged 6 to 17 and run in Subiaco on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Class sizes are kept small to maximise individual and group learning outcomes.
Gift vouchers are also available making a great gift for family members this Christmas.
Established in 2000, Just Improvise also runs inspirational workshops for adults and businesses and professional development sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of each company.
Just Improvise's Curricula is designed by Glenn Hall who has been teaching and performing improv internationally for more than 20 years. He's trained and performed with countless successful actors and comedians including:
Eight week program
Tuesdays (commencing February 7th) and Thursdays (commencing February 9th)
6-8 years – 4pm
9-12 years – 5pm
13 – 17 years 6pm