Performance arts

Always been a bit of a performer? This is your chance to give performing arts a go!

The possibilities are endless and you should find a person, people or group local to you that could help. You should develop a programme which is interesting, relevant to you and will teach you new skills. Along the way you’ll have fun, make friends, learn new skills – or even share your own skills with others!

Here are just a few ideas of the sort of things you could do to get you started:

Speech & Drama

  • Take part in a weekly drama club and develop improvisation skills
  • Create a comedy sketch show, film it and post it online
  • Practice reading poetry and enter a competition
  • Choreograph and perform in a stage combat show

Circus skills

  • Learn how to ride a unicycle
  • Attend a professional circus skills course and learn how to walk on stilts
  • Learn how to model balloons, and perform at a children’s party
  • Learn plate-spinning, diabolo and rola bola and put on a performance


  • Have weekly singing lessons, learning breathing techniques and how to protect your voice
  • Watch online tutorials to learn singing tips and techniques then record your own CD
  • Join a choir or a band and perform to audiences
  • Perform in your school’s musical

Remember, these are just a few ideas. Chat to your Leader, family, friends and people who’ve already achieved an Award to see what they’ve done and what opportunities are available in your local area.

Don’t forget to check with your Leader that what you choose to do meets the DofE’s requirements for this section and your level.

Skills categories

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