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Career Pathway: Arts & Entertainment – Summer Intern

Career Pathway: Arts & Entertainment – Summer Intern


Hi, I’m Bri Wilson, and I’m an intern at
the Crooked Tree Arts Center. I’m currently a junior at the lines ballet
BFA program at Dominican University of California. So, this program has taught me
how to be a generous, honest and brave artist. It’s taught me how to work hard,
how to invest myself in every second of movement. This program has prepared me
for life after graduation in that we have frequent experience working with
choreographers, specifically, collaborating with them three times a
year. Twice, with established Bay Area choreographers and once with the senior
class up-and-coming choreographers. A lot of time,s what happens is choreographers
come in and they create a piece in conversation with the dancers. And I feel
that in this program I’ve had a lot of practice doing that, and that’s
invaluable information for me to take and go forward with. I feel prepared in
that I know how to work and work hard for what I want out of a dance career. I’ve
learned from my time here I do want to pursue a career in contemporary dance,
and the program i’m in and the job I have now, are both preparing me for that.
Working at Crooked Tree has shown me the behind-the-scenes details of what
working in a non-profit arts organization looks like, and I am
certainly sure that those skills will come in handy after I finished my career
as a dancer and even while if I want to work at an art center
in the San Francisco Bay Area. As far as dancing goes, i hope to move to Chicago
after graduation, so i’ll be in the Midwest. The most valuable skill I’ve learned
from my program is how to be selflessly curious as a dancer. You have to ask so
many questions about how you’re moving, and why you’re moving, and what movement
looks like from onstage and what it means to people who are watching you.
You can’t afford to be complacent and fall back on what you’ve always done, and
this program has taught me to keep exploring and keep pushing the limits
that you’ve set for yourself and to make new ones and to break those. So being
curious that’s the most important thing I’ve learned.

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