Inspiring in Education

8 Aug

LydiainternphotoInterning at American Ballet Theatre has been an unforgettable experience.

When I applied almost six months ago, I wasn’t sure if my application would even be considered, much less accepted. Being in my late twenties with a background in other fields and minimal arts administration experience led me to doubt my chances. However, I applied anyway. Six weeks later, I was offered the internship!

I was primarily responsible for the company’s outreach programs during my time at Ballet Theatre. I assisted Dennis Walters, the Associate Director of Education and Training, with organizing data and paperwork, drafting correspondence, conducting research, and preparing for events, in addition to general office-related tasks. Because I am a former dancer, I was also able to work with Richard Toda, the Artistic Coordinator of Educational Outreach, by serving as a demonstrator and teaching assistant during dance classes in K-12 public schools, pre-performance workshops, and other events.

As a result of my work in the classroom and studio, I learned that I greatly enjoy working with children and teens. Helping younger people achieve their goals and grow into the adults they want to become is a fantastic experience.

I also enjoyed learning from so many fascinating figures in the performing arts world over the course of the internship, especially during our weekly intern meetings.

If you are considering applying to intern at American Ballet Theatre, my advice is to do it! It is truly an opportunity not to be missed.

Lydia Murray

Education Outreach Intern

Summer 2018

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