Internships: an important first step to a career in Dance

Interns have become part of the fabric of BEEE Creative, giving students and those looking to learn more about a career in dance, the opportunity to experience what it takes to make an important contribution to community dance projects.

With the effects of COVID-19 coinciding with the start of this year’s internships, the experience for our 2020 interns, Anna and Meriam, was certainly a unique one. Each in their final year of study – Anna at Middlesex University and Meriam at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – they have spent the past five months supporting BEEE Creative on its adapted Exhibit 2020 project.

Despite the challenging circumstances, the aim of the dance internship was for them to learn about the different facets of project management. In this How to become a dance intern’ Whitepaper, both explain how they have developed new skills and taken inspiration from Carrie’s ability to adapt and her passion for every dance project that BEEE Creative is involved in.

Anna has recently graduated with a First in BA Dance Performance, and in the absence of a final performance her year group produced ‘Under the Same Sky’, a film commemorating a shared journey through the ebbs and flows of university. The film also features Gabriela Bolton, a work placement student who supported BEEE Creative on its Improvising Generations project earlier this year.

Having previously graduated from medical school, Meriam is in the final phase of completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance and hopes to go on to combine her two passions, with a PhD that focuses on the health benefits of dance.

BEEE Creative is always keen to keep in touch with its interns and was recently proud to learn that last year’s student, Ines, along with a number of personal passion projects, is starting a new professional challenge at IRIE! Dance Theatre as Coordinator for Social Media and Content Creation.

Ines explains: “After my Internship at BEEE Creative CIC, I became more aware of the role of marketing and social media to promote dance organisations. This experience was the starting point of my dissertation research – Marketing & PR for dance organisations: a moving strategy – awarded with distinction.

“I couldn’t be more grateful to Carrie for being surrounded by inspiring professionals where I was able to learn and grow!”

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