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The deep-seated hypocrisy of the performing arts peacock parent

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From The Schools Spectacular to your bog standard school concert night, any kind of ‘kids get up and perform’ event flushes to the surface the performing arts peacock parent.

Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller and one child who has made a hit career from performing arts, Maddie Ziegle.Credit:Belinda Pratten

The performing arts peacock parent is the parent who gets way too invested in their child’s performing arts talent. And if my little corner of the world is any indication, they seem to be proliferating at an alarming rate.

Recently, a friend of mine related to me her experience at a local kids’ concert event. Organised by a music teacher to give his students the chance to perform in public, it was a low key program of kids taking turns to do their thing on a small stage at the local bowling club. Being a good volunteer type, my friend had offered to man the door; taking money and stamping hands as people entered.

From that unassuming perch she was privy to a veritable parade of peacocking by an alarming number of overly invested parents.

One mother and daughter duo stopped at the door and played out (unprompted) for my friend, a little vignette of severe performance nerves due to the fact that family members from all over the state had flown in especially to see the daughter perform. OMG! Auntie So-and-So and Cousin This’n’That are all here! So full-on! At which point........

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