Intern for Dance Teacher

Our talented summer 2013 intern, Kelly Vaghenas (right) at a recent Technique photo shoot. We’ll miss her!

Did you know that most of Dance Teacher’s editorial staff started out as DanceMedia interns? Interning is a great way for students to make professional connections and gain valuable experience in the publishing world. And you never know—it just might lead to a career!

DanceMedia is now accepting internship applications for fall, winter/spring and next summer at DT and all of our beloved sister publications: Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Pointe and Dance Retailer News. Internships are unpaid and require a minimum two-day-a-week, on-site commitment. Applicants must have graduated from high school and be at least 18 years old.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, updated resumé and two writing samples to Hanna Rubin at hrubin@dancemedia.com. The cover letter should explain which magazine you’d like intern for and why. (Sorry, you can only apply to one at a time!) The subject line should include “fall internship application,” “winter/spring internship application” or “summer 2014 internship application," and all files should be attached as PDFs or Word documents. Application due dates are as follows:

Fall interns (Sept.–Dec.): September 1

Winter/Spring interns (Jan.–April): November 15

Summer 2014 interns: February 1, 2014

Teaching Tips
A 2019 Dancewave training. Photo by Effy Grey, courtesy Dancewave

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Of course, there's no easy answer, and no perfect approach. As social justice advocate David King emphasized at a recent interactive webinar, "Cultivating Racial Equity in the Classroom," this work is never-ending. The event, hosted by Dancewave (which just launched a new racial-equity curriculum) was a good starting point, though, and offered some helpful takeaways for dance educators committed to racial justice.

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But along with the back-to-school excitement, dancers might be feeling rusty from being away from the studio for so long. A loss of flexibility, strength and stamina is to be expected, not to mention emotional fatigue from all of the uncertainty and reacclimating to social activities.

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