This week marks the beginning of school holidays in most states around Australia, but for a select group of parents, there will be another important date circled on the calendar this month – the mid-year dance concert.
Whether you’ve been dreading attempting (and failing) to create the perfect bun all year, or looking forward to seeing your little ballerina take the stage, there’s no denying this time of year can be stressful.
Listen: It takes a village to raise the child of a ballerina.
But it’s not just the preparation and backstage antics that can be cause for tension – what you do while you’re sitting in the audience watching the performance can also lead to headaches later on.
That’s why we at Mamamia have compiled a few handy hints – an etiquette guide of sorts – to make it through your child’s dance concert without a single judging stare.
1. Don’t leave after your child has performed.
It can be tempting to bolt out of there the second little Jane or Johnny has left the stage. After all, depending on their age and experience level, you could have been waiting more than an hour for them to perform for all of five minutes. This is where we urge you to stop, stay seated and think about your fellow mums and dads. You’re all in the trenches together – best to stick it out until after the final bows.
2. Don’t sit there on your phone.
As we’ve mentioned, there’s a good chance your kid is not going to be on stage for long, and for the other 115 minutes you might be (to put it frankly) bored out of your mind. Resist the urge to pick up your phone to amuse yourself. Your fellow audience members will notice and will not appreciate the glow of your phone or the buzz of messages as they try to watch their kids perform. You’re also running the risk of having your head down at the wrong moment and missing the start of your child’s appearance.