Danielle Woodard interned with CityDance this summer in the Marketing Department. She will be a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park pursuing two full bachelor’s degrees: English – Language & Literature, and Communication – Public Relations.
Q: How long have you been dancing?
A: I have been dancing for almost 15 years now! I spent the first portion of my dance career was in a studio where I studied ballet, jazz and modern. Then when I got to high school, I traded in my pointe shoes for pom-poms and joined my school’s dance team. I absolutely loved being able to share the joy of dance in the form of school spirit. That amazing experience encouraged me to audition for dance team in college, and I am proud to say that I am now headed into my 4th year on the University of Maryland dance team!
Q: What influenced you to apply for an internship with CityDance?
A: When applying for internships, I remembered CityDance because two friends of mine on dance team used to dance here and told me how wonderful of a place it was. In addition, I remembered the great things Megan Piluk (CityDance Social Media & Development Coordinator) said about her intern experience with CityDance back when she was a UMD student. Sure enough, I saw that CityDance was hiring communication/marketing interns for the summer, and I just knew that applying was the right decision!
Q: What do you hope to do when you graduate?
A: Aside from academics, I very much value literature, music and dance. So after venturing down the public relations track, I now know that after I graduate, my goal is to do communications/PR work for a company affiliated with the literary or performing arts!
Q: What skills/lessons have you learned from your internship that you will take with you?
A: CityDance has taught me several types of skills. I’ve learned the proper way to pitch a magazine, the organization needed to prepare a marketing plan, and the creative process behind social media. I’ve learned how vital it is to communicate well with coworkers, the importance of strong relationships with affiliated companies, and the significance of understanding the value that you personally bring to your company as a whole. But most importantly, I have learned how truly wonderful it is to work for a company that is so devoted to its cause.
Q: What was your favorite CityDance performance that you attended/worked?
A: Working the C & Y Concert has been my favorite CityDance performance so far. Seeing all of the hard work that CityDance students put in come to life and seeing their faces light up on stage was truly heartwarming. I got to see the joy of dance reflected in their eyes, and in turn it reminded me of my own experiences as a young dancer. It really was a magical moment!