Posting Date: March 10, 2010

KSU Dance Company continues success at American College Dance Festival

“Chakra” selected to be performed in national festival at Kennedy Center

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KSU Dance Company performing in "Chakra"

KENNESAW, Ga.The Kennesaw State University Dance Company received top honors once again at the American College Dance Festival this past week. The ACDF is an annual event that holds regional festivals across the country. Out of the 47 works presented at the 2010 Southeast regional festival, the KSU Dance Company’s performance of “Chakra” was selected to be performed in a gala concert in New York City on March 9. Of the 12 universities represented at the gala concert, KSU was one of only three to be invited to the national festival in May at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

"Chakra" was choreographed by Ivan Pulinkala, director of the KSU Program in Dance, with set design by Professor of Theatre Ming Chen.

The KSU Dance Company is the only school at the festival that has been selected for the gala concert for the last four consecutive years. The company has also been invited twice to the national festival, which is held every two years. This accomplishment places the company on a distinguished list of very few schools in the history of ACDF to be selected for the national festival in consecutive national years.

“We are very proud of our students for this accomplishment. This speaks highly to the artistry and the work that they do at KSU,” Pulinkala says. Pulinkala also expresses gratitude to the dance faculty who work with the students on a daily basis and the tremendous support the company has received from the university's administration since the program's inception less than six years ago. Pulinkala explains, “Our success is connected to the support we have on campus and in the community.”

The selection process used at the festival is a blind adjudication process. The national adjudicators are isolated from the festival participants and are not given the name of the university performing or the choreographers. They are only allowed to know the titles of each work and information on the musical score. This process ensures that all performances are properly evaluated without bias to the program or the performers.

Founded less than six years ago, the KSU Dance Company has experienced tremendous success in its brief existence. With faculty size and facilities not as developed as other universities, the company has continued to compete with the top university dance programs in the Southeast. Pulinkala says, “The honor is even greater because we performed alongside other universities with historically successful dance programs. This gives us national visibility once again.”

On the success of the company, Joseph Meeks, dean of the KSU College of the Arts, says, “I cannot adequately express how thrilled I am with this news. Prof. Pulinkala and the students are to be commended for the tremendous work they have done together to reach these extraordinary heights of achievement.”

For more information about dance at KSU, visit here or call 770-423-6789.


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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.



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