Internship Opportunities

Learn the inner workings of professional dance

Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance is offering university-level students an exciting summer opportunity this summer! Participants will learn the skills involved in company and production management for a non-profit dance company, and will assist and shadow artistic director Heather Maloy.

This year Terpsicorps will have an extended season with performances in Asheville and Winston-Salem, NC. The internship will begin May 20th, and end July 20th. Interns will be working Monday through Friday, occasional weekends, and performance weekends for an estimated 40 hours per week. Interns’ duties include daily tasks such as studio prep, note-taking, production research, gala preparation, event promotions, youth outreach and helping during performance week both front of house and backstage.

Company class and all master classes will be available to the interns free of charge. Interns will be hosted by Asheville locals, and are able to explore Asheville’s vibrant art scene and enjoy the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Through this internship, Terpsicorps hopes to provide participants with a wonderful learning and growing experience which can provide insight and further interest in dance and choreography, directing a company, production leadership and management, outreach through dance and administration in the arts and related fields. Terpsicorps interns will have the opportunity to engage with and explore many of the possibilities that exist in the dance world.

If you are interested in acquiring the skills and experiences that come with the Terpsicorps Internship, or if you have any questions, please email Edie Weichert, Managing Director, at edie@terpsicorps.org, or call 828-761-1277 for further information.

Photo of dancers Tina LaForgia and Robert Deskins in rehearsal for HUNGER, by Rachel Malehorn

Photo of dancers Tina LaForgia and Robert Deskins in rehearsal for HUNGER, by Rachel Malehorn

This year we will be looking for 4-5 interns in the following specific areas, though they will be assigned to these ares, they will also assist or float to learn and experience other aspects of the company

Company: Assist with the day to day operations surrounding the company branch of Terpsicorps. Some tasks will include note-taking for rehearsals, running occasional errands, attending and assisting with board meetings, assisting with marketing, and working events for the company. This position will work primarily with the artistic staff of Terpsicorps while learning and gaining knowledge and experience from professional dancers, choreographers, and ballet masters in a setting that promotes education while gaining experience.  This intern may be asked to assist with the academy when not required to be at rehearsals and work with the company to gain the knowledge that they could utilize outside of professional dance experience, but still within the dance world.

Education: Assist with the day to day operation surrounding the academy branch of Terpsicorps. Some tasks will include assisting with the planning and implementation of summer outreach activities and summer camps, registering students for classes, communicating with parents, teachers, and students about studio policies and procedures, and maintaining organization of front desk and academy. This position will work primarily with the administration and academy faculty and staff while learning the operational and organizational structure of a nonprofit dance academy.  The intern may also assist with company responsibilities and be offered the opportunity to learn from professionals within the company and academy instructors.

Production: Assist with the day to day operation surrounding the production of shows for Terpsicorps. Some tasks will include load-in and strike of props and set pieces, assisting with the creation of props and set pieces, and assisting the production manager. This position will require travel and work primarily with the production/artistic staff. This intern will work with and learn closely form experienced technical staff and administration to strengthen their knowledge of the run of a professional show, and gain experience in a touring capacity with a performance in Winston Salem, NC.  

Skills/Requirements

  • Effective communication skills.

  • Experience in working in a dance/studio setting.

  • Ability to adapt to a flexible work schedule.

  • Experience with data entry, social media, event management, and more.

  • Minimum of one complete year in college/university.