Awesome Audience Etiquette

As you already know, our annual recital will take place on June 1st at Haddam-Killingworth High School. With the date fast approaching, we thought this would be the perfect time to share with you our tips for awesome audience etiquette! Following these tips will help us ensure an enjoyable recital experience for everyone involved.

Tip #1: When entering the theater take a quick note of where the exits are, just in case of an emergency.

Tip #2: Plan to turn off or silence all of your devices prior to the start of the show. The sounds and screens are very disruptive. Additionally, flash photography is prohibited. Those bright flashes can be blinding to performers. Please refrain from video recording so that everyone can enjoy the performance live!

Tip #3: It is courteous to applaud after each routine in the recital, but please avoid shouting or screaming as it can be distracting to both the dancers on stage and to other audience members.

Tip #4: There may be some high-energy routines where you are encouraged to clap along in time to the music; we invite you to do so.

Tip #5: Avoid entering or exiting the theater while there are dancers performing onstage. A good rule of thumb is to only move from your seat in between routines, if necessary. Please avoid crossing in front of the videographer during performances, unless you want to be in the recital video!

Tip #6: Following Tip #5, if you have a baby or young child who is sitting with you and they become disruptive, please exit with them quickly and quietly between routines.

Tip #7: Refrain from talking or whispering with other audience members while the dancers are performing. Quick comments in between routines are OK!

Tip #8: No eating or drinking in the auditorium. The Haddam-Killingworth High School Auditorium underwent a full renovation this past year with brand new seats and carpeting. The school has a strict no food or drink policy in the auditorium. Please finish any pre-show or intermission treats in the lobby. Your cooperation with this policy is much appreciated.

The Dance Corner has an excellent reputation for being well-organized, gracious, and respectful at Haddam-Killingworth High School. As members of our recital audience, your cooperation is much appreciated in helping us maintain this good standing! If you will be inviting other family members and friends to the show, please share these tips with them too.

As you enjoy the show, don’t forget that our students are dancing their hearts out for you, the audience! Show them your appreciation by following these tips and recognizing their hard work.

Please let us know if you have ANY questions before the big day!