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With Lindsey's 20+ years of teaching experience, and Beccy's impressive performance portfolio on national and international stages, we blend education and industry to offer an unparalleled learning experience right on your high street.

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Choose to learn individually or, for children and young people, in Squads.

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Under our innovative Arts4All initiative, we work with agencies (such as CIRV and DWP), schools and individuals to increase curriculum engagement and support young people requiring social, emotional and mental health support.

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Igniting creativity by making the arts accessible to everyone.

Inspiring personal growth, celebrating individuality, and bringing joy

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At BHVA, we empower you, whether you are picking up an art form for the first time, refining your performance, seeking to develop your teaching pedagogy, or looking for personal growth. Through a nurturing, creative, and all-inclusive atmosphere, we foster personal and artistic development. We implement innovative teaching practices that not only cultivate sills but also celebrate success.

Welcome to BHVA - where every artistic journey is a story of inspiration, creativity, and celebration.

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At BHVA, we our committed to inspire all our students to discover their own creative signatures through research-based tuition; to nurture students, building confidence in all elements of their creative journey, utilising coaching and mentoring knowledge. We will ensure only the highest quality of provision is offered by supporting our programmes with up-to-date research and training. We will break down barriers and discover the unique creativity of each person who walk through our doors, using the arts. Finally, and most importantly, we will celebrate every success, no matter the size, to ensure that anyone who engages and works with us finds moments of joy in themselves and in their artistic journey.

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We believe everyone has a unique spark of creativity. Our approach is all about nurturing that spark through quality, fun, arts education, and celebrating every step of the creative journey. We're not just teaching skills, we're inspiring a love for creative expression that lasts a lifetime.

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We promise to fuel your creativity in a fun, inclusive space. We assure high-quality creative arts education that is tailored to your unique needs and abilities. We're not just about teaching the creative arts - we're creating a community of joy, inspiration, and success, where everyone feels valued.

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We guarantee a high-quality, inclusive, and joyful learning experience that not only elevates your creative skills, but also nurtures personal growth.

Every individual's unique journey will be celebrated, irrespective of age, ability, or background.

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Technique or Performance?   

September 28, 20232 min read

Today, we're diving into an age-old debate: Technique or Performance? The secret? You need both in a harmonious blend!

1. The Two Sides of the Coin

Performance or Technique?

Technique and performance are truly like two sides of the same coin. The technique is the foundation – the hours of practice and perfection. Performance, on the other hand, is the emotion, the intent, the story you tell. Just think of a musician: without technique, the notes might be wrong, but without performance, the music lacks feeling.

2. The Great Teacher Dilemma

Not all top-grade students make impactful teachers. Sometimes, it's less about academic prowess and more about connection. A teacher might know their subject inside out, but it’s their ability to connect, understand, and empathise with students that makes lessons memorable. The same applies in business and everyday life.

3. The Magic of Connection

Performance or Techniques

From conservatoires to classrooms, being skillful is just the beginning. The next step is sharing that knowledge in a way that resonates. After all, the essence of teaching, performing or business lies in your ability to form genuine connections.

4. Intention is Everything

A technically perfect performance can leave audiences cold if it lacks heart. Remember dancers who execute every move flawlessly, but without the story or emotion behind it? It's like watching a movie on mute. Your intention—what message or emotion you wish to convey—is the sound.

5. Authenticity Reigns Supreme

In arts or business, authenticity is your best asset. Think about why we choose certain brands over others or why we cherish specific friendships. It's often due to genuine connections and authentic stories. So, what’s your story? How can you present it authentically?

6. The Power of Vulnerability

Technique or Performance?

Showing your raw, unfiltered self can be daunting, but it's often the most memorable. Embracing vulnerability not only strengthens your connection with the audience but also makes your performance unforgettable.

7. Technique and Intention: Better Together

When choosing a piece to perform or a topic to teach, go with what you connect with deeply. This emotional connection will be your driving force to hone your technique. Like a singer choosing a song that resonates with their own experiences will often give a more heartfelt performance which will then connect with your audience.

8. Nurturing Young Expressions

Fostering creativity and expression from a young age creates confident individuals who aren't afraid to share their thoughts. Engaging in open dialogue with youngsters ensures they feel heard and valued.

Technique or Performance?

Balancing technique and performance is an art in itself. By staying genuine, constantly evolving, and keeping your audience at the heart of what you do, you can master this delicate balance. As you navigate your journey, take moments to reflect and adjust. The ultimate goal is ensuring your audience not only witnesses your art but feels a deep connection to it.

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Lindsey Atkins

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