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Navigating Theatre Etiquette A guide for dance competition parents

As the proud owner of Ambition Performing Arts Inc., I am excited to share some valuable insights into theatre and performer etiquette, especially as it pertains to dance competitions. Being part of the competitive dance world offers countless opportunities for growth and development for your child, and understanding the etiquette involved can enhance their experience and success.

Here are some essential tips to keep in mind:

    • Respect the Space: Dance competitions often take place in busy, crowded venues. It’s crucial to respect the space of other performers, parents, and staff, including dressing room areas. If you’re sharing dressing rooms with other studios, be mindful of their belongings and personal space, and ensure that your child keeps their area tidy and organized.
    • Supportive Spectating: Cheer loudly and enthusiastically for all performers, not just your own child or their teammates. Your positive energy can make a world of difference to every dancer on stage. However, avoid cheering excessively or inappropriately, as this can be distracting to performers and disrespectful to the judges.
    • Be Prompt: Arrive at the competition venue with plenty of time to spare. This allows your child to warm up properly, mentally prepare for their performance, and avoid unnecessary stress. Promptness also demonstrates respect for the competition organizers and other participants. Ensure that your child arrives with their hair and makeup done, and their first costume on, to streamline the preparation process.
    • Encourage Sportsmanship: Emphasize the importance of good sportsmanship to your child. Whether they get a high score or not, it’s essential to congratulate their fellow competitors and show respect for the judges’ decisions. Remind them that the true measure of success lies in their personal growth and improvement, not in the medal that they receive at each event.
    • Stay Informed: Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the competition beforehand. This includes understanding scoring criteria, performance schedules, and any special instructions provided by the organizers. Being well-informed ensures a smooth and enjoyable experience for both you and your child.
    • Practice Patience: Dance competitions can be long and sometimes unpredictable. Practice patience and understanding, especially if there are delays or unexpected changes to the schedule. Your calm demeanor will help alleviate any stress your child may be feeling.
    • Express Gratitude: Show appreciation to the competition organizers, volunteers, and staff for their hard work in making the event possible. A simple thank you goes a long way in fostering positive relationships within the dance community. It is also important to thank our APA teachers at the event. They work long days to make sure that everything goes smoothly for your child, and your appreciation does not go unnoticed!
    • Theatre Talk versus Car Talk: Engage in positive and constructive discussions about the performances and the overall atmosphere, focusing on celebrating the hard work and dedication of all participants. Avoid indulging in negative gossip or speculation, which can create unnecessary tension and distract from the positive experience. Save any critiques or feedback for a more appropriate time, such as after the event, when emotions are less heightened.

By embracing these principles of theatre and performer etiquette, you can help create a supportive and respectful environment for your child to thrive in their competitive dance journey.

At Ambition Performing Arts Inc., we believe in instilling not only exceptional dance skills but also the values of respect, sportsmanship, and gratitude. Together, let’s empower our young performers to shine brightly on stage and off.

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