Spain has a long legacy of cultural vibrancy dating all the way back to before the Romans. One of these key players were Moorish Muslims, who left their architectural and artistic footprint all over the Iberian Peninsula. While in Spain you can watch a bullfight, feast on tapas, and enjoy the beach.

The city of Barcelona offers a diverse offering of arts performances and groups. You will never be short on inspiration in this beautiful city, with unique Spanish architecture, sidewalk cafes, and delicious paella. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, which has its own culture and language, so the city is vibrant and exciting. Classical music groups are well-renowned, especially symphonic, choral, and opera performances. You can see lively international and local plays full of bright colors and interesting characters, and Spain’s dance scene offers everything from classic ballet to Flamenco.

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Dance Internship in Barcelona

The dance scene of Barcelona is the city’s heartbeat. Leap right in by interning at a studio and exploring the vibrant culture of Catalonia.

Theatre Internship in Barcelona

Barcelona’s stories are held in the sacred halls of its theatres. Dive in with an internship customized to your artistic journey.

“My experience doing a Performing Arts Abroad dance internship in Barcelona, Spain was unforgettable. Through my internship placement at a local dance studio, I gained valuable teaching experience in a second language, built strong local connections, and took classes from a wide variety of professional instructors. Doing a homestay gave me a deeper immersion into the local culture and language. My Spanish improved immensely, and I even learned some Català! I had a lot of free time to explore the city of Barcelona, as well as make a trip to Morocco. Barcelona is an incredible city, that offers something for everyone. Fascinating museums, gorgeous architecture, vibrant arts and culture, narrow streets that are always alive, an excellent public transportation system that gives you free reign to explore the entire city, and of course, the beach. It is a magical place to be in the summer. I strongly recommend the Performing Arts Abroad program in Barcelona!”

“My summer trip to Barcelona, through PAA, was a life-changing experience for me. From the food, to the sites, to the people I met, I consider it to be one of the greatest cities I have ever visited. The PAA program went to great lengths to individualize a music internship for me at a fantastic music school that met both my professional and academic interests. While at my internship, I had the opportunity to work with a great mentor who went out of her way to guide me and make sure I gained a lot of hands-on experience. It was also a pleasure to work with the students and improve my Spanish along the way. I loved working at my internship so much that I am still currently working for them, as I am organizing all their piano music for the upcoming year. I also had the opportunity to live with a warm, caring Spanish family and their two boys, an experience that further enabled me to improve my Spanish speaking and comprehension skills. It also provided the opportunity for a cultural exchange experience. Lastly, I had the opportunity to travel to other parts of Spain including Valencia, Montserrat, and Madrid. The trip to Valencia was an organized excursion, which was very well run. Overall, the PAA program was very organized from my pre-departure to my return to the United States. There were always people available in Barcelona to answer any questions or troubleshoot any problems. Thanks to PAA for this great opportunity!”

“My experience as an intern in Barcelona through Performing Arts Abroad has changed me in so many positive ways. I felt my confidence grow every day as I danced with new friends, learned exciting new styles of dance, and improved my Spanish language abilities inside and outside of the studio. I was also able to spend time in the office of the dance school, answering phones and interacting with existing and potential students to answer questions and deliver information. Virtually all aspects of my internship were initially outside of my comfort zone, but in the spirit of living in a new and vibrant culture (and with the help of the incredible PAA team), I was able to embrace each challenge as a dancer, a student, and as a person. I am eager to put the confidence and skills I gained in Barcelona to use in my life here in the United States.”

“I couldn’t be happier with my experiences! They challenged me to learn more about the professional dance world in Barcelona as well as more about the culture of the city and the region. I was also able to learn more about how I work and how I handle a new culture. I was able to accomplish what I wanted in this internship, which I later realized is what I needed for my own personal growth at that time.”

PAA is a great program. Everyone was helpful and answered all of my questions. My program was fantastic as I was able to explore the city and learn a bit of Catalan. While the internship was exactly what I wanted, it was an experience.

“Doing a music internship in Barcelona has changed my life. I never thought that just 2 months would affect my worldview and future aspirations so much, but it has. My internship was challenging, but it helped me with my Spanish and allowed me to see business from a more open-minded view. I got to become best friends with my roommates in the program, explore Barcelona and other parts of Europe, practice Spanish, perform music, and experience amazing things.”

“This internship experience in Spain was truly inspiring. I’ve learnt so much about music and art, and more about myself. Learning a culture by being part of it, and working in my own field of interest, at the end of the journey I realize I’ve done so much more than I thought and expected! A big thank you to all the staffs and mentors, and I hope I can do another internship someday soon!”

From the blog


Falling in Love with Barcelona

Bennington College student Kari Ostensen’s Dance Internship in Barcelona enabled her to continue her Dance and Language studies abroad over the summer. I always knew that studying abroad would be a crucial part of studying Spanish in college, but I…


Cherishing Memories of Barcelona

Isabella Ordonez got to combine her love of dance with her love of the Spanish language during her 8-week Dance Internship in Barcelona. I came across PAA one day as I was searching the internet for something I could do…


It’s been two and a half weeks since my return from Barcelona...

…It’s raining, the house is quiet, and I’m miserable – but I mean that in the best possible way. You see normally at this time on a Tuesday, I’d be exploring the streets of Barcelona, getting lost in new back…


Spain Times

Hannah McCarthy is a PAA alumnus who interned at La Caldera dance studio in Barcelona, Spain during the summer of 2017. The video below is the final product of Hannah’s capstone project. During my eight week Dance Internship in Spain,…

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