recital etiquette
Posted by Kacey (+3159) 9 years ago
I was raised that when you attend a public performance, recital, dance, music, play, etc. that you remain seated during the performance. It was sad to me to see so many people getting up and walking in and out of the auditorium during performances at the dance recital Saturday.

I have some great video of several of you instead of my granddaughter. Just wanted to say thanks.
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Posted by JMD (+297) 9 years ago
I agree with you Kacey. The performance was wonderful, at least the parts I got to see. All the students worked very hard and you could see that they were really enjoying performing for the community. But I also got photos of many of you while I was trying to take them of my granddaughter. You see you stood up and walked right in front of me during her dance number, or you walked down the aisle and just stood there, then there's the people who have their small children stand on their lap so nobody behind them can see. I have wondered, for a couple days now, what the solution to this problem is. I think I have it - parents need to learn proper etiquette and then teach it to their children. Until that happens anyone got another solution? Because something has to be done. Just to make it clear this is nothing against Studio M, the owner, the instructors, or the students.
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Posted by Kacey (+3159) 9 years ago
Your post makes it sound like you got photos of me...that I got up during the performances.

Probably should say you got many photos of PEOPLE...not you.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9195) 9 years ago
Hey, you're absolutely welcome Kacey.
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Posted by Kacey (+3159) 9 years ago
Bridgier,
You just proved my point. Thanks so much.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17335) 9 years ago
Perhaps its because they had to go to a dance recital on a Saturday in June, some of the audience partook in a few Busch Lights beforehand, and subsequently had to go to the bathroom?

Pure speculation on my part.
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Posted by Forsyth Mike (+475) 9 years ago
I used to play piano. During our yearly recitals nobody EVER got up to take pictures or walk out during the event. That would have just been unheard-of and rude.

But, the way people are today I can totally see it happening. People walk in front of "whoever" to take pictures, or watch their kid perform and then walk out. No concern for the other kids.

Why is it people MUST have everything documented with pictures these days? Here's a good idea: Just remember it. You're never going to have time to look at all those pictures anyway. Save the camera for those really important moments. I personally don't have any pictures of my piano recitals and I'm damn glad of it.
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Posted by MeiMei (+168) 9 years ago
Just a thought, maybe someone is taking pictures or video for a family member who cannot attend for any variety of reasons- grandparents or great-grandparents who may not live in the same city and might not be able to travel to attend due to health-, parent who might be deployed, family member who is ill, etc.

With the day and age of videos, i-phones, etc. it is so wonderful to be able to experience a grandchild's performance long distance. That wasn't usually possible many years ago.
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Posted by David Schott (+17062) 9 years ago
What I have seen is the dance school hires a professional videographer to record the recital and sell DVD's for a nominal fee ($10 in our case). Parents are not permitted to film or take pictures during the recital because it is so distracting to others.
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Posted by MeiMei (+168) 9 years ago
Good idea for areas where the professionals are available.
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Posted by howdy (+4944) 9 years ago
Julie Korkow films rodeos and does a fine job of it...she lives north of Broadus on the Bar JT ranch...I highly recommend her if she would be interested...
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Posted by JMD (+297) 9 years ago
Forsyth Mike, I would have been happy to just remember it, not taking pictures. However I couldn't even see part of the dances she was in. That's what upset me. I did order the video they sell (at $20 each here in Miles City) but that's just not the same as being there, and being able to cheer her on. Hope you see what I'm getting at.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9195) 9 years ago
Are we allowed to cheer at recitals? Can we get some guidance from Kacey?

[This message has been edited by Bridgier (6/4/2012)]
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Posted by larisa (+19) 9 years ago
Okay well some people getting up were parents having to go get their children after their dance. I thought that some people were very rude at the recital. I agree that it was hard to see but there is no need to make rude comments towards children. It was hot and they are just children you have to expect that they are going to get restless. I'm sure that their parents were trying to keep them out of your view because I know I tried my hardest to keep my niece sitting but when the lady behind you is very rude when you are trying to keep your child sitting for them it makes you not want to give them what they want. I'm sorry but try to be polite and it will go along way.

[This message has been edited by larisa (6/4/2012)]
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Posted by JMD (+297) 9 years ago
You know, I was polite and never said a word. I also didn't say anything when an adult stood in front of me and didn't move through the whole dance piece. I never said it was only the children. Most of those that displayed rude behavior were the adults. I realize that parents had to go get their children, but couldn't they have waited till the piece that was going on, when they came back, was over to walk in and sit down? As for small children that do not have the attention span, why bring them when you know that it's going to be a two to two and a half hour program? There was an afternoon and an evening recital, parents could have taken turns if the children were too little to sit through it.
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Posted by larisa (+19) 9 years ago
There were little children in the recital I was talking about them. I understand children that were not in the program that is why I did not bring my son. I see where you are coming from with the adults though.
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Posted by JJC (+77) 9 years ago
I have personally told fellow audience members to keep their visiting until after the concert or leave. I'm appalled at how some people behave during a performance. They have no consideration for others that may be more interested in what is going on up on the stage. Maybe some gentle reminders from the directors are appropriate at the beginning of a performance or in the program as well as some ushers to show people the door.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
Any one have this woman in their pictures?

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Posted by Levi Forman (+3712) 9 years ago
It is acceptable to stand during a recital IF AND ONLY IF you are holding a lighter above your head.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9195) 9 years ago
Or if you're reaching across the stage to tip the performer.
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Posted by urcrackinmeup (+134) 9 years ago
I think you should post some of the pictures of the rude people.
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