Danielle with vintage car
Danielle Dybiec started working at Academic Arrangements Abroad in the summer of 2013 as a Manager of Tour Operations. Her background is in performing arts management. Previously, Danielle was the Assistant Director of Operations at the New 42nd Street Studios, New York’s premier rehearsal studio facility for the professional performing arts community. She also worked for nine years in Artist Services at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
What is your hometown? Pittsburgh, PA. The “City of Bridges” (more than Venice!) and home of Primanti’s sandwiches, Heinz ketchup, Steelers, and Andy Warhol. During my junior year of college, I lived a few houses down from his childhood home.
Who would play you in a movie? Really they should just cast me because it would be fun to put my acting training to use again!
City you most recommend to friends. These days, it would have to be Porto, Portugal. Terrific wine, lovely people, beautiful location, lots of history… and Casa da Música is incredible.
City you would drop everything to see Anywhere in Morocco.
Which AAA programs do you enjoy working on the most? I fell in love with Portugal after traveling there twice this spring. The first trip was for a Portuguese travel conference, and the second was to tour direct our inaugural AmaVida Douro River cruise program. I also worked on the operations side of that trip, and I’m really enjoying planning our Fall 2015 AmaVida trip, which is going to be even more amazing!
Special skills Finding the humor in practically anything. Scoring front row tickets at BAM. Playing myself in the movie someone is apparently making about me.
Something about you that surprises people You can be from Pittsburgh and escape without an accent. But I do have a soft spot for some Pittsburghese, like “nebby” (nosy or curious) and “redd up” (to clean) n’at (and that).
Three things you can’t travel without Camera, printed maps and guide books, local arts schedule
Number of trips traveled on I’ve been to over 20 countries in the Americas and Europe and lived in England a few times. So far with Arrangements Abroad I’ve been a Tour Director on two trips, including the recent AmaVida cruise in May 2014.
Anything else you’d like to add? You never return from a trip the same person you were when you left. And in the words of Oscar Wilde, “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.”