Hot Styles Dance Company
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Brianna Clemente

Liberal Arts Major: Letters, Arts and Sciences
Minor: Psychology, Rehabilitation and Human Services
Hometown: Annandale, New Jersey
Experience Time: Spring 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

At my internship site, Hot Styles Dance company, I was able to experience what running a studio is like. I saw the ins and outs of operating a dance studio, from facilitating company practices, planning team bonding events, registering for competitions, cleaning, interviewing potential staff, teaching lessons and choreographing, and more. I communicated with families and students to determine what is effective and what they look for, such as what dance styles they would like to see more of, what qualities in instructors they enjoy, and more. I used systems such as Jackrabbit to see the internal functions of the business, such as payroll, attendance, emails to the entire studio, etc.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this internship site allowed me to see what types of curriculums I would like to see in my own dance studio, such as programs for people with disabilities, mental health-focused classes such as therapy through dance, and others that the community lacks. It allowed me to work in a field that I would like to work in full time post-graduation. I learned about customer service, overcoming conflict, communication with competition programs and local events. I was able to see what I still need to work on as an instructor and where I am successful. Overall, this internship site allowed me to work hands-on in a variety of ways I need to be knowledgeable in to be successful in owning my own business. I am so thankful that this internship allowed me to develop as a professional and apply my knowledge to my future.

"I was able to create a major that catered to my educational goals: Letters, Arts, and Sciences. I selected all of my classes that would best benefit my future and prepare me with the knowledge I need for my future business."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship site allowed me to see what it would be like to operate a dance studio with all of the benefits and negatives that's come with it. As a young adult, I learned more about de-escalating conflict when it arises and communicating effectively with co-workers. When operating my future dance studio, I will understand more logistics from creating schedules, hiring staff, marketing, managing students, building the program, and finances. I have a better understanding of what operating a dance studio during a pandemic entails - and how to overcome COVID-related issues. I am excited to use all of this knowledge in my future career to better my business and create a space of safety, creativity, and authenticity with my students.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts has allowed me to progress in my internship site and truly dive into my future career. I was able to create a major that catered to my educational goals: Letters, Arts, and Sciences. I selected all of my classes that would best benefit my future and prepare me with the knowledge I need for my future business. I am also thankful to have been rewarded a scholarship in Liberal Arts for my academics and will use the money to help fund the beginning of my business. The College of Liberal Arts allowed me to focus on my career so that my college career would further my career goals. I am so grateful to have this experience to help prepare me for the future while still an undergraduate student.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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