Emily introduces herself

Stopgap's new student intern from GSA, University of Surrey, introduces herself and talks about her first week with Stopgap.


My first week with Stopgap has flown by, and I can safely say I have had the best welcome and already feel very settled in.

When I began considering undertaking a placement year I was slightly reluctant as I was always aware that the chance to be involved with practical work would be pretty much non-existent, the thought of not having some form of creative outlet or experience for a whole year was really tough for me! Hence, I was thrilled when Stopgap accepted me as their student intern and informed me that I would have the opportunity to join in with classes including Guildford Youth Company and Linkable.

Having only attended my first week of the classes, I can already see that the environment both the students and teachers create is extremely uplifting, explorative and above all friendly. Despite having danced most of my life, these new approaches to ‘dance making’ have already challenged and inspired me. Aside from the practical work it is great to see how a company such as Stopgap is run from an administrative and management side. My first full week was jam packed as I have already had two training days - One in safeguarding, and the other first aid training.

I can already tell I will take away several valuable experiences from my time with Stopgap and I look forward to what is to come!


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