I’m in my 5th year of being a Competition Dance Dad. Over the course of those 5 years I’ve noticed that the way people act at dance competitions has gotten progressively worse.
A lot of times it’s not the dance families displaying the rude behavior… it’s friends and extended family that might not know any better. I thought I’d offer up some rules of etiquette for those new to dance competitions.
- Turn the ringer off on your phone (and the electronic devices you brought to entertain your kids). A ringing phone is a big distraction for everyone.
- Turn the brightness down on your smartphones and tablets. Auditoriums are dark. Having your device at full brightness is annoying.
- Only enter and move around between dances.
- When you find a seat sit down quickly. We paid good money to watch our kids dance. I’m not exactly sure how much. See lesson #1 of Dance Dad 101.
- Keep your conversations down and only between dances and at breaks.
- Watch your comments. You never know what studio or dancer those around you belong to.
- Find an appropriate place to take pictures. Right outside the auditorium doors in the traffic flow is not a good place.
- If the competition says “no pictures or video” they mean no pictures or videos. If they allow pictures make sure your flash is off.
- If you need to smoke do it in your car and not at the front of the building.
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