One of my by-weekly habits is browsing Craigslist just on the off chance that an audition or some other cool opportunity is buried in the gigs section. Today I found this and I just wanted to re-post it because one of the first things I did in LA was an internship at a talent agency in their dance department. Now I did it at the time because I wanted to work in a talent agency (dance department or not) but I think it’s a good way to see how the commercial dance industry works, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Personally, I am not a commercial dancer and I don’t have the desire to be so getting that knowledge wasn’t that helpful to me, but it was still interesting and helped me understand the LA scene a little more.
THE MOVEMENT / Dance Education & Choreography Department Intern needed
THE MOVEMENT is looking for interns to assist in our various departments. As an intern at THE MOVEMENT, you can expect to learn about the management side of the dance industry through duties that may include the following:
- Take audition appointments from casting directors and comunicate with clients and their agents; if applicable. - Pull/email client materials for project submissions - Use Breakdown Services and other casting websites - Learn the process of how to choose which clients to submit on projects - Screen new client submissions and view choreographers reels - Assist with new client set up and paperwork/track materials. - Heavy internet data collection and research. - Attend showcases and performances with managers.
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning first hand the operations of a management company that focuses on choreographers & dance educators.
Applicants must be well organized, detail-oriented, have excellent phone and computer skills, be able to multi-task and succeed in fast-paced industry. A background or interest in dance is mandatory. A commitment of at least 15 hours a week is mandatory. Please, no one seeking representation. We would also prefer if you were not a dancer perusing a career in the entertainment industry at this time; i.e - auditioning, choreographing, teaching, etc. Willing to work around work/school schedule. This is a NON-PAYING INTERNSHIP. You must also be located in Southern California.
“I saw the things that I love in this world. The work and the food and the time to sit and smoke. And I looked at the pen and I thought, what the hell am I grabbing this for? Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be … when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am.”—excerpted from Act II of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (submitted by amourology) (via quote-book)
Speaking of Dance Topic 1: How to Talk About Dance as Art Sunday, September 11th, 2010 3:00 pm
Speaking of Dance is an ongoing series of FREE lectures given my scholars in the dance field. Radical Reasoning, Outstanding Oration, and Vivifying Visuals characterize this series designed to illuminate topics in today’s dance world. Each lecture will be followed by a Question/Answer period. Refreshments served.
What makes dance art? You don’t have to know how to explain dance to enjoy it, but when you consider the ways dance is talked about as artistic or not, you can deepen your relationship with it. Is it art because someone tells you it is? Does it matter? What does it mean to you? Have you considered how dance fits into larger historical or political agendas? Are conservative gender roles kept alive by ballet and modern dance? Did Balanchine’s unquestioned status as an artist lead people to overlook the African influences that made Russian classicism into American ballet? Has “art dance” reflected racism and authoritarian principles despite its democratic rhetoric? Are TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” also art? Come to listen, watch, talk, and ask questions. Together, we can choreograph a session that sharpens your dance-talking skills.
Jennifer Fisher, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the dance department of the University of California, Irvine and the author of the Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World (2003, Yale University Press), which won the Special Citation of the De La Torre Bueno Prize given by the Society of Dance History Scholars. She has previously contributed dance writing to the Los Angeles Times, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and the New York Times, as well as many dance publications and scholarly journals. She co-edited with Anthony Shay When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders, from Oxford University Press, 2009. A former dancer, actor, and journalist, she holds the distinction of being the only self-appointed ballet coroner to hold regular inquests into the death of Giselle.