Bringing a Mission to Life

3 Dec

“To create, to present, to preserve, and to extend the great repertoire of classical dancing, through performances and educational programming of the highest quality, presented to the widest possible audience.”

Undertaking an internship at the ABT Education Department was a dream come true. Not only did I have the privilege of working in a passionate environment, but I was part of something bigger: bringing a mission to life.

On a daily basis, whether it be through supporting the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School nurture and develop future generations of dancers and ballet lovers, or inspiring the minds of young people by being part of their Outreach Programs, the ABT Education Intern experience is rewarding and gratifying because it enables you to make a difference.

Helping to administer experiences including the “Young People’s Ballet Workshop” where hundreds of students are introduced to ballet and the theatre for the first time, facilitating ballet related craft workshops at the ‘ABT Open House for the Friends of the JKO School’, and assisting teaching artists in the delivery of student driven projects such as ‘Ballet for a New Audience’ was not only fun and intrinsically rewarding, but also allowed me to grow both personally and professionally, enriching my artistic, administrative and teaching skills.

I am delighted to have played a role in ABT’s mission and highly recommend the Education Internship Program for individuals with professional aspirations in providing value driven artistic opportunities through arts administration and educational programming.

Karen Gauci

National Training Curriculum Intern

Fall 2014

Karen helping young children enjoy ballet-related crafts. ‘ABT Open House for the Friends of the JKO School’. Left: Karen working with fellow intern Isabel to prepare Le Corsaire pirate capes. Right: Making ‘Fancy Free’ Sailor Hats!

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