An arts internship is a great way for students to take the knowledge and skills they've developed in the classroom and apply them to real-life work settings. Right here in Durham, NC, the American Dance Festival (ADF) offers a broad range of paid summer internships. Another option to consider is the dance-production company Sens Production Noemie Lafrance in New York City. And those are but two of the many internships available. Students interested in exploring the possibilities should contact Nadine Verna in the Career Center.
Vladimir Espinosa - Salsa Dance Party
The Dance Program will host a series of three workshops in the Cuban dance style Rueda de Casino. They will be led by Vladimir Espinosa, a musician, actor, and choreographer born in Havana, Cuba and currently an instructor and dance accompanist at Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia.
Rueda de Casino is a Cuban style salsa developed in Havana in the 1950s. It is danced by partners in a circular configuration. A "caller" signals changes in directions, partners and moves. There's lots of action, Cuban music and fun! Workshops will cover the dancing as well as some history of Casino and its music. No partner is necessary.
Workshops will be held at The Ark Dance Studio on Thursday and Friday, January 19 & 20, 7:30-9:30pm, and Saturday January 21, 11am-3pm. They are free and open to the public. See the Dance Program listing for details.
Espinosa will also be collaborating with Duke Faculty Andrea E. Woods Vladés to create a new work based on Rueda de Casino for the Duke Dance Program's Modern Repertory Class. Duke students can audition for the class on Tuesday January 17, 7:30-9pm.
Sens is a New York-based non-profit experimental arts organization founded in 2001 to produce the site-specific work of choreographer Noemie Lafrance. The mission of Sens is to produce innovative site-specific dance performances and films that explore the dynamics of movement in public spaces, engage the public in spatial participation and that uses the architecture of the city as a stage.
Summer Internships opportunities:
· Administrative Intern: Creation and preparation of materials for production and fundraising events, Manage operational & program calendar, schedules and logistics, database entry & management, Preparation of tour, travel and performance schedules and arrangements
· Choreographer’s Assistant: Transcription of notes & process during rehearsals, Maintain all documentation, i.e. Video & Audio equipment set-up, maintenance, and recording, Daily management of attendance, costumes, props & dancers
· Development Intern: Assist in Foundation, Individual, Grant & Sponsorship Research, Manage the development calendar and database, Grant assembly and assistance
· Graphic & Video Design Intern: Assists the Graphic & Web Designer on various projects, including the website management, photo and video editing, creation of the flyers, posters, website, programs and e-blasts
· Production Intern: Work with Production Manager & Producer on planning and executing the productions, manage production calendar, budget, & stage crew including design team and performance staff
All internships require independent, hard-working, detail-oriented, organized individuals with a background or strong interest in non-profit administration, performing arts, or event production. Strong communication, writing and administrative skills; computer experience including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Quicktime, InDesign & Photoshop; Mac proficiency & Metrix Databases a plus. Adobe CS & Final Cut required for Graphic & Video Design Intern.
Interns at Sens Production will participate in all Sens Production events, including launch events, performances, and receptions, work & learn from energetic arts professionals and gain first-hand knowledge of a non-profit arts organizations. Must be available June 4th - August 24th 3-4 days a week (M-F) Arrangements to start earlier or end later may be arranged given notice.
Application Deadline: February 17th, 2012 - 5pm
Interview Notice: March 9th, 2012
Final Decision: April 13th, 2012
All internships are unpaid. Will supply a monthly NYC Metrocard. College credit may be arranged dependent on university.
Send cover letter indicating the internship applying for (maximum 2), resume & two references by 5pm, February 17th.
Tricia Smit, Development Associate
More information: http://sensproduction.org/internships
Funding for Duke undergraduates pursuing arts-centered projects and independent study is available from several grant programs administered by the Undergraduate Research Support Office and the Trinity College Academic Advising Center.
Benenson Awards in the Arts fund independent summer projects. The typical award is about $2000, and graduating seniors may apply. Students enrolled in an Independent Study course or private instruction can apply for URS Creative Arts Grants of up to $400. Dannenberg Grants of up to $500 for faculty-supervised independent study in the creative arts are available to first-year and sophomore students who have not yet declared a major.
Read interview with choreographer, dancer and scholar Thomas F. DeFrantz, who joined the faculty of the Duke University Dance Program and African and African & American Studies department in the fall of 2011. See page 19 in the Social Science Research Institute's latest issue of Gist from the Mill.