Displaying Good Manners Goes a Long Way

It is important to know how to properly act at a dance recital, whether it be your daughter’s at Flowers for dancersher high school gymnasium or at an opera house in the city. Look for any specific rules sent home by dance teachers to know specific rules. For example, at some performances it is appropriate to give gifts and flowers to dancers before the performance, and others it is only appropriate for afterwards. Check and see if there are any specific protocols.

Good manners at a dance recital can really help those around you to enjoy themselves

Good manners at a dance recital can really help those around you to enjoy themselves

Do not touch or move a costume or prop, even if it looks out of place. You don’t know whether a dancer will come back looking for it and won’t be able to find it. Don’t risk the chance of leaving a dancer out of the performance or stalling the show while they look for it.

Stay in your specified area. If you are not allowed backstage or in certain areas, listen and stay out. Designated areas are assigned for a reason, so as annoying as it is stay put in audience seating.

Don’t shout out names of your child while they are performing. Shouting is distracting to dancers. Shouting also is considered rude in a lot of performances, since it ruins the mood of the dance piece.

Keep all of your socializing to a minimum and at appropriate times. Talk to your neighbors before, after, or during intermission. Even whispers can easily be heard during performances and disrupts the essence of the performance.

Be respectful and courteous while you are there. Many dance recitals are held in opera houses. Be courteous of their dress code if they require dress or formal clothing to be worn to the performance.

Don’t be responsible for things that aren’t under your charge. If you notice disorderly students, allow a teacher to handle it. Be responsible for yourself and leave the dancers alone.

While your heart may be in the right place in a lot of these areas, you don’t want to be a distraction to those around you. Keep to these tips and you and your neighbors will have a much more enjoyable experience. It may not always be easy, but it is the right thing to do.

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One Response to “Displaying Good Manners Goes a Long Way”

  1. Issac Maez says:

    Great post! :-) Regards, S.

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