10. Because it’s good theater etiquette anywhere in the world.
9. Because if you are taking pictures or videos of your child dancing, you’re not actually watching them dance.
8. Because those glowing screens are annoying to the people sitting around you.
7. Because you would hate to have to tell your kid “sorry honey, it was MY phone that rang in the middle of your dance.”
6. Because your flash might accidentally go off and you don’t want to have to tell your child “ sorry honey, MY flash went off just as you were doing those complicated fouettes…and then you fell.”
5. Because we hired a professional to video the show so you don’t have to, and her videos are much better than those glowing white blobs or blurry pixilated images you get on a cell phone or a camera in a dark theater. If you’re lucky enough to have a professional camera, well then you should know better.
4. Because we will be collecting phones and cameras that are being used in the audience and auctioning them off to the highest bidder at the end of the show as a fundraiser for our scholarship program (just kidding, but…it’s a thought).
3. Because the person sitting behind you may actually want to watch the SHOW not your glowing screen illuminating the 3 rows behind you.
2. Because all those glowing screens and blinking red lights and clicking shutters are a distraction to the dancers. Yes, they can actually see and hear all of that. And it’s distracting, and frustrating for them to know that you aren’t watching, but recording.
1. Your kids. They’ve worked hard for this all year long and they want you to watch them, appreciate them and honor their commitment to their art. They would love your undivided attention and really shouldn’t have to fight with your mobile device or camera for your attention. And the person sitting next to you, their kids would also like your undivided attention.
So please, sit back, relax, and enjoy the performance in the here and now, in the present moment. This beautiful, magical moment will never happen again and you wouldn’t want to miss it, staring at your camera or phone screen.