Autumn at 890

22 Nov

Spending my mornings listening to the keys of the classical piano echo throughout the long corridor into the office space, resonating within every cubicle, was nothing short of inspiring. As the leaves turned from vibrant greens to shades of orange and brown, my journey at American Ballet Theatre began. Being accepted for this internship has been a dream come true. From growing up and watching the nutcracker every winter as a young girl, to beginning my professional career working at Lincoln Center during the performances has been a surreal experience.

I was hired in the education department as a Media intern. My responsibilities included sorting through archival footage- editing, labeling and organizing all materials. My main project was organizing and analyzing footage from the “Raising The Barre” weekend workshops hosted by ABT’s National Training Curriculum. Each workshop consists of a different focal point incorporated within ballet, such as: Bournonville, Mime, Character Dance, Copelia, Port De Bras etc. My job was to edit the hours of footage from the workshops down to digestible clip’s, ready to be exported and published onto Youtube.

My favorite memory from my internship with the American Ballet Theatre was working the membership table during a performance at Lincoln Center. As the membership table assistant, I was responsible for promoting a ABT membership- distributing brochures, dancer directories and buttons. I had to prepare beforehand, knowing how to answer frequently asked questions regarding membership benefits including: Invitations for two to a dress rehearsal and also an Artist Spotlight, flash ticket discount emails, our On Pointe magazine and e-newsletter, tour city dress rehearsals and more.

I want to thank all the staff at American Ballet Theatre, specifically the education JKO NTC department. I have been treated with great professionalism and respect and I am extremely grateful for this amazing learning opportunity. I wouldn’t dream of starting a professional career anywhere else. I am so excited to begin my journey as a fine art administrator. It has been an honor. Thank you American Ballet Theatre!

Alison Adrat

Education Department Media Intern

Fall 2019

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