Week 1 of Dance Internship

2 Jul

Hi all! Hope your summers are fantastic so far! After my first week of work and my first dance class in 3 weeks, I may be extremely sore, but I had a great week and look forward to learning more. Aside from my 9-5 marketing internship which is four days a week, (and not the most fun) I also have an arts administration internship in New York City with Megan Sprenger, who is not only the head of marketing and PR at New York Live Arts (NYLA), but is also the artistic director of her own company, mvworks. Working for Megan is a wonderful opportunity. The greatest part of the internship is that while I am doing work for mvworks, I am at NYLA observing the inner-workings of a great dance venue. This past week, I had many tasks to complete. My favorite one, though, was the compilation of the annual report for mvworks. This report gives descriptions of all of the company’s projects over the past year in order to show donors that their money is being put to good use. It was really interesting to see how much it costs to run a company-you need funds for travel/transportation, performance venues, lighting, and of course money to pay the dancers. But despite the myriad expenses, as the movement component of my internship, mvworks paid for me to take an open class with one of their dancers, Kendra Portier (remember her?) at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) last Saturday. Taking this class reminded me of why I was so inspired when Kendra and Ali (who also dances with mvworks) taught the master class up at Colby. Kendra really encourages dancers to push their boundaries. Her class is not only physical, but also thought-provoking. She urges you to think about where movement comes from and why it makes you feel a certain way. The class was two hours, so there was ample time for an extremely thorough warm-up, with opportunities for improvisation weaved throughout. I am personally not the biggest fan of improv only because it feels so foreign to me and I get really self-conscious, so it was really good to be forced out of my comfort zone. Watching the other dancers improvise was really inspirational and gave me tons of ideas. Hopefully, by the time I go up to the Bates Dance Festival at the end of July, I will be more comfortable with improvisation. This is an area that I (and I think many dancers) view as an exercise, as opposed to a form of exploration and a vital part of the creative process. I am really looking forward to continuing with my internship and can’t wait to give you all another update!

Much love and happy dancing!

-Maddie

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