Posting Date: May 3, 2010

KSU Dance Company will perform in national festival at Kennedy Center
Performance part of the American College Dance Festival Association

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KSU Dance Company performing in "Chakra"

KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Dance Company will perform in the American College Dance Festival Association's National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on May 28.

The company was selected for this honor at the 2010 Southeast regional festival, where the performance of "Chakra" progressed to the gala concert at Middle Tennessee State University. At the gala concert, the company was selected to perform in the national festival. Although approximately 450 adjudicated works were performed by schools in regional festival's across the country, only 30 works were selected for the national festival.

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

KSU is the only school in the Southeast United States to be selected for the gala concert for the last four consecutive years. This is also the second consecutive time the company has been invited 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 ACDFA to be selected for the national festival in consecutive national years.

“We are very proud of our students for this accomplishment. The prestige of the Kennedy Center brings national visibility to the Program in Dance” 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 five years ago. Pulinkala explains, “Our success is connected to the support we have on campus and in the community.”


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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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