The Balance Arts Center in New York City is now offering internships. The BAC is a vibrant center focused on the teaching and application of the Alexander Technique. Our goal is to provide a balanced experience for college-aged students in:
Alexander Technique as it applies to their field of interest
Arts Management and Programming
The Alexander Technique is applicable to everyone and makes particular sense to artists who understand first hand how their own functioning and use of themselves impacts the outcome of their art. Dancers, singers, musicians, actors, photographers, painters, and so on have all benefited greatly from the Alexander Technique.
Arts Management and Programming are a part of the BAC fabric, as we produce programs as well as host events. The performance space also offers experience in production, front of house, and logistical elements of programming. Interns are often included in planning and administrative meetings.
Administration duties including aspects of room bookings, marketing, interactions with the public, etc. providing an opportunity to improve teamwork and communication skills.
Facilities Management includes organizing and managing materials in the space as well as making sure the facility continues to function properly.
If interested, interns may participate in the AT Teacher Training Course in combination with admin work, giving students a balance of practical knowledge and self development. Interns are invited into the daily 3-hour Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program as practice students when the course is in session, and serve as practice students for third year trainees as they give private lessons. As their own professional skills develop through the study of the Alexander Technique in a supportive learning environment, they also participate in the inner workings of the Balance Arts Center and experience how such a center functions.
Our newly expanded facility allows interns to receive private attention as well as become part of a community surrounded by Alexander students and teachers who are working professionally in a variety of industries including the performing arts.
To apply for an internship, please email a resume and brief cover letter stating your interest, previous work/education, and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are welcome to apply for internships of one month or longer in length. Select applicants will be interviewed over the phone or in person. At this time internships are unpaid.
Testimonials from Former Interns
"As an undergraduate studying dance, my internship at Balance Arts really changed my relationship to my dancing mind-body, and shifted my college path toward a focus in somatic modalities. My winter there came at really critical moment for my body-- during recovery from surgery and during a struggle to dance without pain. What I learned there prepared me for the use of my whole self going forward, and helped me develop the research questions that would eventually guide the rest of my time in college, and my life-long dancing. Despite my newness to the Alexander Technique, Ann was beyond generous with her time, space, and resources."
- Dani Robbins, Bennington College
“My time at the Balance Arts Center gave me a whole new sense of how I use my body and how to think about the ways that I move on a daily basis. I spent my internship working in the office, helping with the move, and taking Alexander Technique Teacher Training classes. At the BAC I was able to work on my self through AT, but also feel like an active member of a tight-knit and supportive team. The BAC was a very inviting space that gave me the opportunity to be in constant conversation about dance and my body. These conversations were not only in class, but also in regular conversation with my coworkers and other students and body workers coming through the BAC. It was an internship like no other, one where I was fully immersed in practicing the Alexander Technique and using my work in the office or other tasks to apply it to my daily life.”
- Kari Ostensen, Bennington College
“My experience at the Balance Arts Center was life changing. Being immersed in the classroom with current students of the Alexander Technique allowed me to experience the complexity and sheer beauty of the technique among people who were doing the same. Every day I uncovered bits of myself that I had never seen or felt before. The work day at the Balance Arts Center was structured such that I felt I could be a productive member of the administrative team, while also being a supported student. I carry the knowledge that I gained from my time at the Balance Arts Center with me every day, and I am incredibly thankful for the connections I made along the way!”
-Lucy Nielson, Bennington College