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Recent graduate snags gig at Jacob's Pillow Dance

May 19, 2015

Kyla Ranney ’15 is spending the summer in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts conducting an internship at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance, which will host more than 50 dance companies from around the world at its 2015 Dance Festival.

“It’s a great place to make connections and get my foot in the door,” she said. The festival includes three free performances each week from June through August. There are also intensive courses for ballet, contemporary dance and musical theatre. As an intern, Ranney will have access to free courses as her schedule allows.

Part of a 33-member intern team, Ranney will help operate the festival, helping with ticketing and marketing. She’s ready: At Stephens, she’s gained box office experience, including helping promote productions on and off campus.

“I feel prepared,” she said. “I’m just really excited.”

Ranney received her three-year, two-summer B.F.A. in Dance earlier this month. She says the best part of the program has been the guest artists and Stephens Summer Dance, which last summer brought in award-winning dancers and choreographers.

“Summer Dance is so intense,” she said. “it’s the hardest 6 ½ weeks I’ve ever had but also the best 6 ½ weeks I’ve ever had.”

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