29 May 2018
Author: Kizzi Tillocksingh
I was extremely excited when I found out that my application to do work experience at the place was accepted. as I found out about it through my school and thought it was appropriate; I dance at The Place on a Saturday and always enjoy the classes in general and the dynamic of the whole building.
Over the week, I took part in many things such as learning and completing tasks in different departments such as Creative Learning, Communications and got to explore what the Fundraising team does. Before I came here I was particularly interested in these departments as I had little knowledge of what their role was here at The Place. After learning more about what they do it made me even more keen to peruse a career in these sectors. I also went to the costume department and experienced how busy they are on a daily basis, as they supply costumes for the different shows and performances that happen at The Place. It was very fun discovering the maze of clothes that dancers would often come and pick from for their shows and pieces. I also went to the Classes and Courses department and found out more about what they do and who they manage. I was very interested to see how they plan classes, employ teachers and find the different musicians for each class and I was amazed how organised they have to be while working in that department. Lastly, I had a tour of the backstage areas and got to see an in depth technical rehearsal of how everything works, this was fun as I got to experience how intricately the technicians have to work in order to pull off many seamless performances.
My favourite part of the week was observing the London Contemporary Dance School students as it gave me a realistic representation of how their classes work and what it is like to be involved in such a tight knit family. For me this confirmed that I definitely want to peruse a career in dance as it gave me an insight to what being involved in the class was really like. In addition, everyone at the class was really nice and welcoming which helped me feel more comfortable and happy to watch. Another thing that I really enjoyed was talking with the Richard Alston team as they told me a lot about what they do and how hectic and amazing performing and being in a company was. I also found out a lot of things about the company and dancers in general that I previously didn’t know such as their tour dates and schedules.
Lastly I would like to thank everyone at The Place for being so welcoming, considerate, kind and helpful. Over this week I got a realistic overview of what life in the dance industry was really like from more than one perspective and from all of the different departments, I had the best time and would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of doing work experience at The Place.