9 June 2017
Author: Tammy Hesketh’s
Stepping into The Place, I was greeted by enthusiastic and bubbly people, milling about reception. The staff promptly handed me a timetable, brimming with visits to: departments, company rehearsal observations and class involvements. My high expectations were completely extirpated by the outstanding work experience I received from The Place.
I found the shadowing of different people in different departments to be an enthralling part of my work experience. Their familiarity with the dance industry and all its quirks was shared with me - I feel very lucky. If you have the chance to gauge one on one someone’s experience in your aspiring career, it helps you open so many new doors.
The sights and sounds of London…
A constantly bustling city, cosmopolitan with its innovative citizens. London was modernistic and unorthodox. A great contrast from my predictable rolling hills and quiet neighbourhoods of Devon. However, it opened my eyes to a career in the city, something which I hadn’t been able to fully imagine beforehand.
My week began when I was gracefully shown around the nooks and crannies of The Place. Entering colourful offices I found many employees either hid behind computer screens, busily making phone calls or typing away, but grinning happily when anyone entered. Or they were sauntering through the corridors, constantly stopping for a friendly hello.
The building of The Place - or as I call it the Tardis - had a friendly atmosphere where everyone knew everyone. I think this engaged people with their work and created a supported motivated ambience. Bright, spacious studios gave a breath of fresh air to the landscapes of towering blocks of glass. These spaces were quite breath-taking for me as it highlighted what I could achieve if I worked hard and continued with my passion for dance.
Personally, the participation I had in working with CAT (Centre of Advanced Training) for a sunny Tuesday afternoon was my favourite. It involved the marketing of their new summer showcase and bombarding everyone with a horrendous amount of questions – this was something I did often. In fact, quizzing people about their jobs at The Place has been crucial to my experience here; all of the staff will always give you intriguing answers and help you hone in on your understanding of arts careers.
On my last day, I was given a tour of theatre and sitting here writing this the only word I deem suitable to describe this inquisitive experience is… thought-provoking. From my shadowing with a matinee performance the day before, I already knew most of the team involved in theatre and artist development. This gave me a behind the scenes glance at theatre ‘life’. However, the extent of the evolvement of different departments in the theatre was unknown to me, so the tour was an unexpected welcome. My interest in photography was expanded by the knowledge I gained in the lighting side of the theatre. Its impact on how the audience perceives a performance was eye-opening and has totally changed my perception of lighting in a theatre.
Overall, this work experience has helped me grow in my thoughts for the future. My outlook on careers in dance has developed and shown me how I can exploit my passion for the arts.
On a final note, I would highly recommend this to anyone in the dance world who has a passion for dance or the arts. Its broad curriculum allows it to be available to the likes of budding marketing entrepreneurs all the way through to of course dancers.