NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Danika Bielek has announced her resignation as executive director of Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA), effective July 31.
“With BCAPA’s moving on to Bethel’s campus, it is the right time to restructure our administration to fit with our organization’s current and future needs,” Bielek said.
Construction started at the beginning of this month to renovate part of the basement of Bethel’s Memorial Hall as the new home of BCAPA.
“Our board has been working well to reshape what will be two positions opening up, executive director and dance program director,” Bielek continued. “More restructuring may occur later to help with administrative efficiency.”
Bielek started with BCAPA in 2009 as administrative director. She added the position of dance program director in 2011. In 2012, her role shifted to that of executive director while continuing to serve as dance director.
“BCAPA has been a wonderful place to work,” Bielek said. “I’ve been fortunate to be there at a time of so much exciting growth, not only in enrollment but also in educational and artistic possibilities.
“The people I have had the honor to work with have been a significant highlight. I’ve never worked with a finer group. The faculty are exceptionally kind and creative, making collaborative projects so gratifying. I’ve been lucky to be part of developing our Board of Directors and body of volunteers, whose support has been terrific.
“Being a transplant to the region, I have never worked in an environment where the idea of community was so strong. The stimulating and service-minded people of the Bethel community have shaped how I now approach life.”
As much as she has enjoyed the adults she’s worked with, Bielek said, “the best part of my job has been watching students grow up.
“I have memories of young children coming to their first class or lesson too scared to even go into the studio. To see these same students years later as leaders in their school orchestra or auditioning out for dance programs, and seriously considering taking their art form into higher education and beyond, is incredible.
“[While] many students choose not to go into the arts, and engage in other activities, even then, when our paths cross, they usually say what they learned at BCAPA has impacted their lives. It all has been very rewarding.”
Bielek’s future plans are in process, but one thing she does intend to do is “focus on my first career, dance.
“My long-term goals include going back to school for more training in dance and movement therapy,” she said, “to continue working with people with movement disorders, and eventually use dance to help victims of trauma such as sexual abuse.
“During this preparatory phase, I will keep my options open. I just realized life is short and there is still so much to do.”