11 January 2018
Author: Niamh Abraham
I would like to start with explaining that from the very start to the end of the week The Place and all the staff and students within it were 100% welcoming and made you feel relaxed and at home. My time at The Place gave me so much insight into the world of dance and what it takes for such a successful organisation to run. I feel that it enabled me not only to develop my knowledge of the dance industry but also my communication skills.
Throughout the week I got the chance to interact with many of the departments including costume, CAT, RADC, marketing, reception and lots more. Not only was I able to find out how each department works but I was also set a series of tasks, one of which was sorting through all the previous photos and it was lovely to see how The Place and all the companies within it have changed. While being placed in areas such as reception I felt that I was able to develop my communication skills and learnt that there is so much more to these jobs than meets the eye, I was also given a tour of the theatre and how it all works and it can only be explained as outstanding, there is an extreme amount of thought put into every detail. I definitely admire the staff and the time and effort they put into everything.
My highlight of the week was observing a second year contemporary class. As a dancer, looking into a future in the area, it was a fantastic opportunity to see how the classes are run and what was more pleasing was the atmosphere within these classes. As the class went on the dancer’s energy grew and personally it was hard to sit and watch them. It only motivated me more to get out there and dance as much as I can. Within these classes I could also see the admiration that everyone gave each other, not only between the dancers but also the musicians.
I was also given the opportunity to take part in aiding the Choreolab workshop. This gave me and understanding of how to interact with younger children and how to run a class, but also I was given many tips on auditions and how to prepare solos for them. It was an amazing day with so much positivity towards everyone’s futures in dance and it made me realise that the industry isn’t looking for you to make mistakes it looks for potential and how they can help you with your journey and that is what I found most potently within my week, the support.
I will without a doubt miss my packed week and all the opportunities that were given to me and I feel that I could return here and have no worries, it has most definitely made me eager to start my journey in the dance industry and has shown me so many options.