From LaDuca’s to the Executive Office

27 Jul

SelenainternphotoFifteen-year old “Selena Ballerina” vowed to work at American Ballet Theatre. She pumped herself up for daily technique classes by imagining they were ABT’s company classes. Six years later and she’s finally here!

A lot has changed in the past six years – I traded my tutus and Gaynors for Lulu skirts and Laducas and I even changed my major from dance at Ailey/Fordham to arts administration at NYU. However, my passion for dance and my dream to work within the walls of America’s national ballet company never wavered. Whether it be at the barre or at the desk, I planned to give ABT my all. This summer, I had the opportunity to do so as an intern in the Executive Office.

In the Executive Office, I worked under Brittany Heier (Executive Assistant) and Kara Barnett (Executive Director). During the Spring Met Season, my job was to hold down the fort here at 890. In each task I completed, my problem-solving skills were put to the test. I had to think quickly, work efficiently, and evolve with the dynamic work environment. My people skills also greatly improved because I worked with every department from Special Events to Company Management.

One of my favorite projects was helping to plan the end of season Cast Party. The dancers requested an easy-going celebration, so I made sure to order pizza, chips, and candy; coordinated the donated drink delivery; and helped put together a photo station with fun props and a balloon-lettered back drop that said #ABTMET18. The cherry on top of the evening was being in the room where it happened and partying with all the ABT superstars I idolized as a teenager.

The ABT Internship Program itself is unparalleled to any I know. The resources provided create an environment where learning is encouraged and supported. During Intern meetings we spoke with staff members about various segments of ABT and had workshops focused on preparing us for careers in arts administration. We even had opportunities to meet with the Roundabout Theatre interns to further discuss our experiences as young arts administrators. As a Project Plié Scholarship recipient, I know ABT is actively supporting the diversification of ballet on and off the stage. The office is full of diverse individuals who bring all of their unique experiences and knowledge to make ABT a true reflection of the country it represents.

Selena Robinson

Executive Office Intern

Summer 2018

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