Eleanor Harvey Work Experience at Danceworks
I chose to do my work experience at Danceworks because... well actually it was my mum's idea! I am interested in dance and do it outside, as well as in school, and so she thought it would be interesting for me to see it from the other side... the office side! And also it would be easy to get in contact with them as they are in the same office block as my dad! (A free lift in too!) Here is a diary I have written of my eight days working with them!:
Day 1 -
My first day! I was a bit nervous about it, as I have never really been in an office before, well I have been in my mum and dad's offices but not in a company where I don't really know the people. But it was fine! They were all really nice! And not like... patronising! (which I was a bit worried about!) J I was shown around the office and then around the building, not the whole building but just the bit I would be working in... it was very big! And quite confusing! But I got the hang of it quite quickly. My first job (although I don't really think it is a job!) was to watch a video! Yay! It was on what Danceworks does and projects it has done in the past and stuff. It was quite interesting actually! I was also shown how to use the photocopier downstairs! Which was quite good... and then later I had go down by myself and photocopy all these sheets! I was quite proud of myself, as I didn't jam it once!! J I also proof-read next season's brochure... which says about all of the shows coming up that dance works are involved with... I couldn't find any problems with it though! But I am not very good at noticing spelling mistakes! As it was my first day the very nice people at dance works let me go home early!! So I was home by 2!! (All my friends were working till 5!)
Day 2 -
Today I did some more photocopying! I was photocopying information for the people from Increpación Danza, who are coming over from Spain to do a residency with 3 of the local schools (High Storrs being one of them!). I then put all the information together into information packs for them. When they were finished I read Ramón's diary, he is from Increpación Danza and had written a diary of his time in Morocco. He had gone over there to see what it was like and to gain inspiration for their next piece of work. In the afternoon I was label sticking! It's not one of the most exciting things I have ever done! But it had to be done! When I had finally finished it... I went around town looking for leaflets on interesting things that the dancers and musician may like to do whilst in Sheffield that could be put in their welcome packs. There wasn't much choice but I found some good things!
Day 3 -
This morning I sat in on a meeting with Annabel, Deborah and a lady called Anna who is from Hype Dance. It was interesting listening to it all but I didn't really understand what they were talking about! After the meeting I went with Anna to the Hype Dance office/studio where I got to see the dancers practising for a performance they were doing that afternoon up at Myrtle Springs School. In the afternoon I went with Anna to Myrtle Springs to watch the performance...they were so good!! There was a mix of like street and break dancing (I think!)... and all the dancers were really good!! After the performance the dancers were taking workshops with some of the kids but I went back with Anna to Hype Dance. In the meeting that morning Annabel and co had been talking about these workshops they wanted to do for teenagers I think, and they asked me to do some research into some dancers who could come and take them... so when I got back from Hype I did some research into all these different dancers... it was quite interesting as I don't really know that much about street dance and break dancing!