What Parents Should Say As Their Kids Perform by Tim Elmore of Growing Leaders offers great information regarding parental involvement and support in their child’s performance endeavors. This is applicable and relevant to the dance industry, and it undoubtedly impacts our ability to train strong, independent, and confident dancers.

Highlights of the article include:

Based on psychological research, the three healthiest statements moms and dads can make as children perform are:

Before the Competition:                                    After the competition:

  1. Have fun.                                                    1. Did you have fun?
  2. Play hard.                                                    2. I’m proud of you.
  3. I love you.                                                    3. I love you.

The article also suggests six words that parents can express to produce the most positive results in their performing children:


There’s no sideline coaching, no tweaking choreography, no telling a child that he/she needs to perform better than another individual- just support, encouragement, and love.

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