It pains me to have to write this post.
Mostly because it makes me feel like the equivalent of the old timers in a barber shop lamenting the state of today's youth. However, in this case, I am sitting in a theatre watching in disbelief as entire families, like literally dozens of people, got up to leave after their child's performance. In some cases, before intermission.
What. The. Fuck.
Why do I have to write a "how not to be an asshole at a dance recital" post?
I am sorry, your child ain't that special. It's not like they had a solo, because NO ONE had a solo. The solos did not perform at this recital. None of the competition families, who's children ARE that special (and also put hours of work in WEEKLY vs your one little 45 min class), got up and left. They might have cheered very loudly, but they stayed seated unless it was to go do a costume change. And even if they did have to go help backstage, they returned...leaving after your kid performs takes douche-baggery to a whole new level.
You go to a recital, you sit through the whole entire thing. You may or may not make fun of all of the other children who aren't yours (*ahem* not that I've ever been privy to this happening...) but you sit there the whole time and you clap after each number and laugh at the kids who stand there and stare terrified out at the audience in a moment they are sure to re-live with their therapist as an adult.
You sure as fuck don't get up and leave and then stand out in the lobby and laugh and talk and ooh and aah over your preschooler while ignoring the fact that every other child in that recital worked just as fucking hard as your kid. In the case of the competition kids, EVEN harder than your kid. And that is not including all of the time and effort put forth by the teachers, and the support staff, and the staff of the theatre.
Your child is not the only one performing. What a big "fuck you" to all of those other kids when you get up and leave. The idea of being able to go get your kid after they performed was to bring them back into the audience...TO SUPPORT THEIR PEERS. Not to be a douche bag like you clearly are.
It is a sad reflection on our society that people feel the need to make their little special snowflakes feel super duper special at the expense of other kids. What does that sound like? Bullying. That is what that sounds like. I no longer want to hear people wondering about where this comes from because they are the people who are leaving recitals early. You learn this shit from home, bitchez. And if you can't be arsed to sit through a fucking children's dance recital, you certainly can't be arsed to make sure you aren't modelling other bullying behaviors.
Take a good hard look at yourself here. Children mimic what they see. Would you be ok with another child treating your special snowflake like you are treating other kids?
If you are leaving that recital early...I doubt it.