Recitals are in theaters, not sports arenas. Dress for the theater and act appropriately. This is not a sporting event and we are not rooting for our favorite player. These are children excited to show us what they have learned. They ALL deserve our respect.
The teachers have put a lot of time into the production, the kids have worked repetitively and devoted hours to rehearse their routines. Let’s ensure they have the best end of year experience possible!
Turn Off Cell Phones
This means cell phone video too. The ambient theater noise (laughter, baby cries, coughs) and shaky-at-best hand held video skills will never replace a professional videographer with a tripod with a direct sound feed. In addition, the person behind you would like to watch their child without the glare of a cell phone light in their face. Enjoy the recital and be in the moment. Parents of dancers in the show should keep their phones on silent, just in case a teacher has to get a hold of you. Otherwise, TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONES AND ENJOY THE SHOW!!!
Get To The Theater Early
Stay Until The End Of The Show
Applaud For Every Routine
On this note, do not whistle or yell for your child. They have worked hard all year to learn their routines and perform them on a professional stage. They need to focus on their choreography and performance. The big stage, large audience, loud sound and bright lights are enough distraction. Children do not need to hear their parents yell “I love you Suzi” during their routine. This can quickly spiral out of control for your child. Not only does your child lose their concentration, now other parents feel the need to call their child’s name too. The best thing you can do for any routine is give them lots of applause. APPLAUD EVERYONE. They deserve it.
Thank Your Dance Teachers
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