BalletMet Internship Final Reflection

IMG_6882Throughout 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!

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BalletMet Internship Day 5 & 6

I decided to combine the blog post entries for day five & six because both days consisted of similar projects: editing, editing, revising, revising, and stuffing envelopes. Thankfully, stuffing the envelopes gave me a chance to get rid of my “computer eyes”.

Currently my Lineage KidTix guide is in progress. I have drafts of the Choreographer Bios and Performance Program documents. In addition, I have a semi-finished product of BalletMet’s General Guide completed! Now, its time to just bring things together!

During these two days, I am extremely thankful to recognize the growth of my work ethic. Time management is my best friend! Being able to prioritize the importance of each project, allows me to complete each task required for the day.

I look forward to seeing the finished projects in the next coming weeks!

BalletMet Internship Day 4

Day four of my BalletMet internship consisted of research, coffee, and more research! While working on the Lineage KidTixs guide, I began researching the librettos and biographies each choreographer. In this performance, the BalletMet company will be re-staging George Balanchine’s Square Dance, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, and Justin Peck’s In Creases. While reading about these amazing choreographer’s, I noticed a trend in their previous training. Most of these choreographers either trained in Balanchine, or were involved with the New York City Ballet company, George Balanchine’s ballet company.

Allowing myself to resinate on the working draft of my KidTixs guide, it is time to start brainstorming how to organize the BalletMet Education Department’s library. Here are my thoughts….

  • Create topic “shelves”
    • Technique
    • History/Biographies/Memoirs
    • Creative Movement
    • Somatics
  • Edit Master Library List
  • Review the “Signed Out” books to see if they still exist in the library.

Reflecting on Day four, I am feeling refreshed, energized, and excited to see progress of my current internship projects!

 

 

BalletMet Internship Day 3

Day three of my BalletMet internship started in leggings, rather than business casual. Why? I was asked to assist with an education outreach field trip! Today, Primrose Grove City visited BalletMet. The students participated in an abridged WiggleJig creative movement dance class. The theme of class was “Going to the Beach”!  While assisting this class, I observed the following:

  • The creative dance instructor developed a cohesive lesson plan. She went from each exercise smoothly, inviting the students to use their imagination.
  • Within the dance instructor’s lesson plan, she included two familiar creative dance exercises, Brain Dance and Locomotor Movements.
  • The student’s paid close attention to the instructions and lecture portion of the class.
  • During the Freeze Dance, many students decided to display the emotion of the music guiding their movement choices, as well as their movement pathways.

After saying goodbye to the Primrose kiddos, I was off to my cubical. This afternoon I completed the “boiler plate” General Guide, and submitted the Cinderella Morning at the Ballet guide for further editing. After finishing my first project, I was eager to start the next one! Next on my list is to create the KidTix Program Guide for BalletMet’s season opener, Lineage.

BalletMet Internship Day 2

Arriving on day two of my BalletMet Internship, I am eager to start my work day with a fresh “to do” list. On the “docket” today includes…

  • Edit BalletMet’s General Guide documents.
  • Organize Wiggle Jig packets.
  • Revise the 2019 Cinderella Morning at the Ballet guide.
  • Develop a new Libretto for the Cinderella Morning at the Ballet guide.

Chugging away through my short, but timely objectives, I began to realize how the skills I have developed over the course of my college career have been applied to my work ethic. These skills include…

  • Time Management: While I am editing BalletMet’s General Guide materials, my supervisors often interrupt me with a brand new project. While adjusting my “to do” list of the day, I am able to complete the new, the old, and the already started projects I have on my plate.
  • Communication: Unsure of the office technology, BalletMet’s Outreach drive, or  my supervisor’s hand writing, I do not hesitate to ask questions about my uncertainties. With this amazing opportunity to intern with a Professional Dance Company, I want to make sure my assigned projects fit the professionalism of the organization. I am speaking on behalf of BalletMet.

Overall, I am ending my day with the glorious feeling of excitement and passion. As I am working in the office and career of my dreams!

BalletMet Internship Day 1

While the coffee was brewing, I was pacing. My first day “jitters” were in high gear! Today I will be starting my summer internship with BalletMet Columbus. Today, I will be taking my first “steps” into my dream career. Here goes nothing!

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Upon arriving 25 minutes early, I started the day off organizing my personal desk, logging into my computer, and mingling with my coworkers. Eventually, it was time to sit down with my supervisors to discuss my responsibilities and future projects. Some of these projects include…

  • Compiling statistics from Post-Outreach Program surveys. I am in charge of transferring the data into an Excel and Word document, that would later be sent to BalletMet’s Development Department.
  • Brand coloring pages for BalletMet’s upcoming performance season. I am in charge of searching for Nutcracker and Cinderella coloring pages. These pages will included in the performance programs.
  • Collect and divide BalletMet’s General Dance Guide into separate documents for further editing. I am in charge of creating a cohesive “framework” of this guide, that can be easily distributed into future outreach program resources.
  • Develop a KidTix guide for BalletMet’s first production, Lineage.
  • Edit and revise Movement Maker, Morning at the Ballet, and other KidTix guides for BalletMet’s upcoming season.

Reflecting on day one over a cup of Stauf’s coffee, I am excited to continue my journey in the dance administration field!

BalletMet Internship

Throughout the summer of 2018, I will be recording on my internship experience with BalletMet Columbus’ Education and Community Development Department. During this internship, I will have the opportunity to learn the procedures of organizing dance education outreach programs, developing dance education curriculum, and observing the management process of a dance nonprofit organization.

The mission of BalletMet Columbus’ Education and Community Development Department is to provide the local community with a variety of art education and outreach program opportunities. In addition, the 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. The programs the department offers are listed below:

  • The Wiggle Jig: This program is geared towards 3-5 year olds. The objective of the program is help students develop motor skills, enhance literacy, and support their physical and cognitive development.
  • Moving Into Literacy: This program is geared towards 1st-5th graders. The objective of the program is to improve literacy, develop critical thinking, and promote physical and cognitive development.
  • Movement Makers: This program is geared towards Kindergarten- 12th graders. This program involves a presentation and lecture by the BalletMet 2 company.
  • Urban Dance & Wellness: This program is geared towards 9th-12th graders. The objective of the program is to build confidence, help manage stress, and promote dance as a healthy activity.

This internship will provide an insight to the procedures and responsibilities of organizing programs, developing dance education curriculum, and observing the management strategies of a dance nonprofit.Throughout the internship, I will be participating in daily administrative tasks, observing BalletMet’s outreach programs and department meetings, and have to the opportunity to experience a career in a dance organization.

I look forward to sharing my journey with BalletMet Columbus’ Education and Community Development Department!