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Have you ever gone to a dance convention and wondered if other dancers knew proper etiquette? Let me start by saying, there’s a proper way to behave, whether you are a dancer or parent.
Here are a few tips to help get you through your first convention woes. First, remember, as dancers we are expected to always maintain a professional behavior at all times, whether it’s in the classroom, backstage or in the hallways. There are people watching your every move. Second, it’s not ok to move about during dance routines that are performing on stage. It’s distracting and disrespectful to the dancers that are on stage performing. Next, while in the convention classes, give other dancers space on the floor. If your group isn’t on the floor, back-up and give them space to move, so they can showcase their talents. Don’t worry; you will get your chance to showcase your talents too. Let someone else be in the front and live your life in the back to the fullest. The choreographers can see you regardless of where you are dancing, especially if you aren’t on top of each other.
Conventions are an amazing learning opportunity and you should take full advantage of the learning experience. Soak it up! Even if it’s not your favorite style, go ahead and step out of your comfort zone. You’ll be amazed at how fast you will grow and learn. This will allow your mind and soul to excel in all genres.
Although conventions are a great tool to enhance your current training, do not drop or cancel your studio training. Conventions are a great supplement but should not replace your studio training. Lastly, if you are a parent / observer, keep the conversations down, it’s distracting to listen to your conversations while we are trying to focus on the choreographers. If you must talk, take it to the lobby. Some dancers have a hard time concentrating when their parents are looking at them, which is turn makes them look at you for approval.
Good Luck This Season,