Maya Williams has spent almost a year working for award-winning organisation Breakin’ Convention as a Projects Assistant Apprentice. Here she tells us what inspired her to apply for an apprenticeship at Breakin’ Convention.
What made you want to do your particular apprenticeship?
I really wanted to work for Breakin’ Convention. I’d worked with dancers who’d developed their careers with BC before and really valued it as a platform for putting hip hop theatre artists on a pedestal with current contemporary/ballet names. The content produced and performed at BC really fascinated me as well, so in taking on this apprenticeship I knew that I’d be developed from a working perspective as well as an artistic one.
Why did you choose Sadler’s Wells?
I was really excited to work at an institution that had produced content I found so inspiring and really wanted to immerse myself in, especially having previously been limited to Sadler’s Wells from an audience members point of view.
What new skills have you learnt (3 max)?
Networking, taking initiative, working to deadlines
What has been the best part (and/or highlight) of your apprenticeship up to now?
The highlight of working on BC has been supporting the Professional Development projects, I’ve really enjoyed watching the choreographic process that artists take and seeing the how the work we do in the office manifests itself in the studio and on stage.
What are you looking forward to most throughout the next year?
Starting the Contemporary BA at Trinity Laban
What advice would you give to people considering an apprenticeship?
For an entrance level qualification it takes a lot of work and dedication so make sure it’s something that you’re genuinely interested in and would like to pursue further, if it is then I’d always recommended doing an apprenticeship as I’ve found it’s given me a really strong foundation for career development and a far more hands on experience than studying arts management could have provided.