Emily writes her final blog as her time with the company comes to an end...
It’s almost 8 months on from my blog introducing myself as part of Stopgap, and I cannot believe that so much time has passed! I am unfortunately coming to the end of my placement time with the company, but it has been nothing short of amazing.
I have gained such a valuable insight into how a dance company such as Stopgap operates in all areas, from admin, to marketing right through to the running of workshops. I am extremely grateful that Stopgap have let me be such an active part of the team and have provided support right from the beginning. A huge highlight for me has been being involved in The Seafarers project and seeing what an impact a brilliant production can have on a community. The chance to see that performance itself was also incredible.
Helping at both Guildford Youth Company and LinkAble have become routine to me and it will seem very strange to not be there every week. The environments created in all of Stopgap’s youth companies are welcoming, friendly and encourage creation from all the members. Attending these classes have simply reinforced my existing views that inclusion in the arts sector is so vital. I have seen some beautiful work created whilst attending these sessions. What mainly stands out about Stopgap is how supportive everyone is of each other.
Stopgap have left me with some invaluable knowledge and skills that I can’t wait to implement when I commence my final year of university in September. This year has certainly reassured me that the creative industry is the one I want to work in. I am extremely sad to be leaving but will continue to keep following Stopgap as a company. Thank you to everyone who has made my time here so enjoyable.