About the Intern/Apprenticeship Program
Christi Janney is intent on bringing opportunities not readily available to serious dancers in our community. Once the professional Eclipse Performing Dance Company was established and thriving, she supplemented her interest to include the teenage dancer. She feels strongly that the moment you realize an intermediate dancer is training rigorously and excited to progress, is the moment that in-the-field instruction is most beneficial. January 2016 marked the introduction of her Internship/Apprenticeship program. These students had the privilege of going through the actual audition process, company rehearsals, and then presented their first full length production of Sleeping Beauty on the stage in June 2016. In December of 2016, the Interns/Apprentices enjoyed presenting a holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, followed by their performance of The Lion King, Jr. at the University of Delaware’s Thompson Theatre in May 2017. The improvement seen within these dancer’s in just one year’s time has been monumental. Training at this caliber improves and cultivates the dancer’s technique, professionalism, performance abilities, sportsmanship, and determination. The experience and advantages that these Interns and Apprentices have provide a solid foundation to make the serious dancer a successful one.
“A polished dancer has the ability to outshine all others.”
Interns (age ten through thirteen) and Apprentices (age fourteen through seventeen) are required to sign a work release in addition to attendance in a company dance class once per week and rehearsals. This position is a prestigious one. Training with Eclipse Performing Dance Company elevates the performance capabilities, enhances a professional bio, and provides experience working within a specialized environment.
The Interns and Apprentices of Eclipse Performing Dance Company will be collaborating with Eclipse Performing Dance company for their performances of Beauty and the Beast on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th as well as Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th at the Elkton High School. Entertainment at this level generates much pride from the Eclipse family as they set the stage for this tale as old as time. Eclipse is happy to nurture these dancers as they soar to success!