Gotta Dance InTURN Program
Welcome to the 2017 Gotta Dance InTURN Application page for the 2017-18 season! We are so glad you are interested in InTurning with Gotta Dance. Please read through guideline applications carefully.
After countless meetings and teacher discussions, our office team has discontinued the Gotta Dance Assistant program for the new season. Interest in our program has grown tremendously over the years. In fact, we had nearly 100 applicants this past fall-- an all time high. We were honored by your interest and enthusiasm. However, it became difficult to manage payroll and working papers for 60 class assistants. We also realized that we have a need for 2-3 full time college grads or current dance majors to work here, assist, and fill in for educators when they are absent. By discontinuing our assistant program, we will be able to divert funds to fill this need. It was clear that we needed to evaluate whether our current program was best supporting our educators as well as you—our dancers, as you prepare for your futures beyond high school. We are replacing the Assistant program with an InTURN Program following similar guidelines.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF AN InTURN, AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN INTERNSHIP?
The benefits to an internship are limitless. Through our program, dancers will learn important life skills like how to work with a team, interact with a supervisor, meet direct report expectations, and develop time management skills while being placed in a leadership position. InTURNs will learn to effectively and clearly communicate with our families and dancers, and set positive examples for the Gotta Dance Community. InTURNs will gain industry knowledge by spending the extra time in a dance studio setting and getting to observe how professional educators run their classes.
The completion of an internship also looks wonderful on a resume when applying for college and future jobs. A Gotta Dance Internship is highly recommended for dancers who may one day want to work in a performing arts setting.
Gotta Dance InTURNswill be dance ambassadors, role-models, and will provide necessary support to our Gotta Dance educators. Gotta Dance InTURNswill inspire, motivate, and set a positive example for the dance class.
InTURNs will be given a list of expectations in the beginning of the season. You will be expected to learn the class warmup and be prepared to demonstrate combinations on a dime, exhibiting proper dance technique. You may also be expected to take attendance, find/play music, communicate regularly with families in the lobby, help keep dancers focused, give individual attention to struggling dancers, and assist with basic studio cleaning and sanitization. Specific instructions will be detailed in your job checklist. Gotta Dance InTURNs have a critical role in the function of classes. You matter to our educators as well as to our younger generations of dancers who look up to you!
All InTURN positions will be volunteer positions. All qualifying applicants (see below) will be assigned to at least one dance class.
Dance InTURNs are required to attend an introductory meeting on Wednesday September 6th from 5:30-8pm in Warren. During this meeting, InTURNs will be able to meet with their assigned educator to review their responsibilities.
InTURNs will be given a checklist of tasks in which they must complete weekly, much like a job description. Educators will use this checklist to review their InTURNs in November and again in January. Dancers who are not meeting all requirements will be released from the program in January.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Gotta Dance is looking for fun, fit and focused dancers in 9th through 12 th grade to assist our team of educators. Gotta Dance can no longer accept dancers younger than high school freshmen. The ideal dance candidate will also have had at least 3 years of dance training.
Application Deadline: July 4th , 2017
WHO IS ACCEPTED?
All dancers who apply (and meet above requirements) will be placed as an InTURN in 1-3 dance classes, or as an InTURN for a Dance Company (like Dynamite or Heartbeat). Juniors and Seniors assignments will be given July 10th-14th and Sophomores and Freshman will be given assignments July 17th-July 21st .
MAINTAINING YOUR INTERNSHIP
For your benefit, your educators will evaluate you twice a year—once in November and once in January. These written evaluations will be based on the checklist given to you at the initial meeting. You will be able to use these evaluations for future work or school applications!
InTURNs are expected to have regular attendance, just as our educators are expected to have regular attendance. We understand the need to be absent occasionally due to sick days, etc., but consistent absences are grounds for dismissal from the program.
GOTTA DANCE SUPPORTS YOU!
An InTURN position is not just about you supporting your educator; it is about Gotta Dance supporting you in your future endeavors!
By accepting the position of a Gotta Dance InTURN, you have stepped into an excellent leadership role! All InTURNs who complete the season will be given a letter of recommendation to use as a supplement for future internships, jobs, and college applications.
Your time can be counted towards volunteer hours for religious commitments, National Honor Society applications, and college applications.
Most importantly, you will be getting valuable insight into what it is like to be in a dance leadership position. We strongly suggest that dancers who hope to one day work in an educational field apply for this position.
Additionally, dancers who have completed at least one year of Inturning, and who will be high school seniors in the 2017-18 season are eligible to join our INSPIRE Educator Training Program. INSPIRE takes the GD assistant program one step further, and trains dancers to become dance educators (Garnet- Citrine levels). After training, INSPIRE dancers may be offered the paid opportunity to substitute teach throughout the season if Gotta Dance educators are absent.