Throughout my college career, I discovered I am passionate about promoting dance education to inner city communities. I am interested in pursuing a career in Dance Administration with in the dance industry. By combining my interests, I applied for an internship with BalletMet Columbus’s Education and Community Development Department. The mission of this department is to provide the local community with a variety of art education and outreach program opportunities. In addition, this department creates educational material, dance guides, and curriculum for public school dance education courses. This department is devoted to developing unique, inspirational, and entertaining programs.
Upon accepting this internship, my goals for the summer term include the following:
- Receive experience in the dance administration field.
- Receive experience in developing and promoting community outreach programs offered by a dance education nonprofit organization.
- Become familiar with software programs that are used while creating dance education curriculum.
- Observe community outreach programs.
- Develop time management and communication skills.
- Participate in the development of dance education curriculum, resource guides, and professional materials.
Reflecting on my time in BalletMet Columbus’ Education and Community Development Department, I recognized growth in my work ethic while working in this professional atmosphere. Th
roughout my internship, I developed the following skills:
- Leadership: As the sole intern during the summer term, I took initiative in the process of completing my assigned projects. While working with the Education and Community Development Department’s Assistant, Leigh Lijoi, we developed a teamwork ethic in order to keep each accountable for finishing a project, or sharing an “extra set of eyes” on each others progress.
- Time Management: While editing, revising, and developing multiple dance guides for BalletMet’s upcoming outreach programs, I was often interrupted by my supervisors with additional projects. By adjusting my “to do” list each day, I was able to prioritize the new, the old, and the already started projects I had on my plate.
- Verbal &Written Communication: Unsure of the office technology, BalletMet’s Outreach drive, or my supervisor’s hand writing, I did not hesitate to ask questions about my uncertainties. With this amazing opportunity to intern with a professional dance company, I was determined to complete my assigned projects that best represent the professionalism of the organization.
During my internship, I had the opportunity to observe BalletMet’s Community Field Trip Tours. During these
tours, guests visited BalletMet’s studios, costume shop, and participated in a creative dance lesson with one of BalletMet’s trained instructors. While observing these tours, I admired the structure and flow of the class lesson plans. Impressed with the instructors ability to keep the guest students concentrated during the entire duration of class, I observed the following:
- Class lesson plans were similar to the development of a story plot. The beginning of class invited the guest students to introduce themselves, their interests, and opened the class with a creative movement warm-up. During the middle section of class, students participated in locomotor movement exercises, evaluating their cognitive motor skills as well as the student’s movement personality. Evidence of the Brain Dance creative dance exercise allowed students to awaken their motor skills to demonstrate opposition, contralateral, and upper/lower body movements. At the end of class, the cumulative activity connected all elements of the lesson plan. In this section, students were able to share their experience through non-verbal movement.
- Imagery played a key role while encouraging students to connect familiar everyday activities to dance movement. The student’s imagination allowed them to visualize their movement telling the story of a given scenario. In addition, the creative dance instructor invited the students to utilize their senses during class. Encouraging a dimensional movement experience, students were introduced to body awareness, body association, and music dynamics.
Observing these tours introduced a new form of organizing a creative dance lesson. The BalletMet creative dance instructor’s organic and clear instruction was inspiring to watch.
After looking back a my internship with BalletMet Columbus’s Education and Community Development Department, I was able to achieve the goals I set to accomplish at the beginning of the term. I had the opportunity to develop professional connections with my supervisors, as well as receive skills that will benefit my future career path.
Thank you BalletMet for a wonderful summer full of growth and passion!