It’s that time of year: the opening of the ballet season. Common sense and courtesy will vastly improve the enjoyment of everyone’s theatre experience if the basic rules of etiquette are followed:
• Don’t arrive late or leave early. It’s disruptive to the artists and audience.
• Don’t talk during a live performance. All attention on the stage, please!
• Do be aware of and sensitive to those around you.
• Don’t rustle the program or your clothing; avoid distracting those around you in any way.
• Don’t wear alarmed watches. Leave them at home, along with noisy jewelry such as charm bracelets.
• The same goes for pagers and cell phones. If you need to make a call, step into the lobby or take care of business before the performance or during intermission.
• The woman enters the seating row first. It’s considered proper for the man to sit “aisle-side,” just as he should walk curbside when escorting a woman on the street.
• Stay in your seat (except for standing ovations) during curtain calls. No matter how much you want to beat the crowd, it’s rude to leave a live performance before the lights come up.