Pentacle’s Cultivating Leadership in Dance provides an unparalleled opportunity for interns to receive the benefits of a structured internship program, while working intimately with dance artists/choreographers and non-profit organizations. Pentacle matches each intern with a company, and works with them to create a program experience that is both rewarding and useful.

Intern Benefits:

  1. Weekly training seminars in arts administration & career exploration, with presentations by professionals in the field
  2. A clear Work Plan outlining your responsibilities during the internship, developed by the company, CLD staff, and you
  3. Expanding your professional network. You will develop a close relationship with the other interns in your session, who are working with a wide range of dance companies and non-profit organizations. You’ll also have the chance to connect further with the professionals who speak at the weekly seminars
  4. Dedicated personnel at Pentacle to help support the intern/company partnership and provide extra mentoring to the intern
  5. Inclusion in the CLD Alumni Network, which provides professional opportunities even after the internship has ended
  6. Gaining the knowledge and experience of budgeting, marketing, and producing a fundraising event
  7. College credit is available

Program Requirements:

  • A strong interest in the arts and non-profit administration
  • Excellent computer and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to work independently & multi-task
  • 12.5 hours per week (10 with the assigned company and 2.5 in the weekly training seminar)
  • Commitment to participate in the full 8 weeks of the session (exact dates are announced during recruitment)

How to Apply:

  1. Download and complete the Intern Questionnaire.
  2. Email cover letter (optional), resume, and Intern Questionnaire to Alex M Schell at
  3. You will receive an email from Alex regarding an interview.


Interns have worked with the following companies through CLD:

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater Gina Gibney Dance
Armitage Gone! Dance Groove With Me
Ballet Hispanico Harlem Arts Festival
Bridgman|Packer Dance Jessica Gaynor Dance
Bryn Cohn + Artists Joffrey Ballet School
Career Transition For Dancers John Kelly
Catey Ott Dance Collective Jose Limon Dance Foundation
Chen Dance Center KDNY Dance
Claire Porter/Portables Mark DeGarmo & Dancers
Collective Body/Dancelab Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Continuum Contemporary Ballet Parijat Desai Dance Company
CorbinDances Rioult Dance
Cornfield Dance Pasion y Arte Flamenco
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Peter Kyle Dance
DanceTactics Performance Group Reggie Wilson
Dance/NYC Risa Jaroslow & Dancers
Doug Varone & Dancers Soul Steps
General Mischief Dance Theatre Stefanie Nelson Dance Group
Eiko & Koma 277 Dance Project
Ellison Ballet The Dance Enthusiast