It has been an absolute privilege to work for mvworks over the past month! Megan Sprenger is incredibly knowledgeable and has taught me so much about both arts administration and running one’s own dance company. As mvworks’ first intern, I completed many tasks, such as helping with the compilation and revisions of the annual report, launching the portrait project on the blog, researching dance venues and space grants for the company, and maintaining regular email correspondence with the dancers. I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to assist at the New York Live Arts press conference, during which I learned about the PR side of the dance world. It was so amazing to see how Megan juggles her job at NYLA while creating new work for her company. On the final day of my internship, Megan showed me how she organizes everything for the company, from press kits to props and costumes and everything in between. I never realized how much goes into running a company, so this was truly eye opening. Megan and I also took Kendra Portier’s contemporary class at Dance New Amsterdam the past three Saturdays, which was wonderful! Kendra is such an encouraging teacher and she is truly inspirational. Similarly, Megan has really inspired me to further explore arts administration and I am so thankful to have had this opportunity!

Signing off for now,
Maddie Kurtz