Posting Date: August 18, 2011
KSU dance program to surpass 100 majors this fall
Program’s success supported by community partnerships
By Jennifer Hafer, KSU University Relations
The Kennesaw State University dance program is celebrating the new school year with a milestone: 100 majors. The dance program started with 20 dance minors in 2005.
“When we started the dance program in 2005, the first thing we did was to connect with the dance community in the metro-Atlanta area and create a dance advisory board,” Director Ivan Pulinkala said. “Our collaborations and partnerships with the region’s premier dance companies and arts venues serve as a way of keeping our students engaged with the professional dance community in our region.”
For example, a formal partnership with gloATL is providing students with an opportunity to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Woodruff Arts Center in September. gloATL is a contemporary dance company that brings site-specific dance to urban public spaces. Part choreography and part interactive art installation, gloATL performances regularly bridge the gap between artists and audience.
“The Atlanta area provides a rich variety of dance and cultural opportunities,” Pulinkala said. “It is our goal to actively serve and be a part of our community, providing our students opportunities both on campus and beyond. The 2011-12 class of more than 100 KSU dance majors is set to enrich the Atlanta dance community with public performances, educational outreach activities, scholarly presentations and innovative artistry.”
The dance program also has formal partnerships with Atlanta Ballet and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, as well as collaborations with about a dozen professional dance community organizations.
“The Program in Dance is truly an exemplar for what it takes to build a successful program: a motivated and dedicated faculty, talented and hardworking students, internal administrative support, external community supporters and collaborative partnerships with key organizations,” said College of the Arts Dean Joseph Meeks. “The significant accomplishments of this program in such a short period of time demonstrate the value of and need for dance in our area."
An award-winning program, the KSU Dance Company received top honors at the 2008 and 2010 National American College Dance Festivals, and was selected to perform at the Miller Theatre in NYC and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The KSU Dance Company has also been selected for the American College Dance Festival southeast regional gala concert in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. These honors rank the program as one of the leading undergraduate dance programs in the southeast United States.
Next month, the KSU Dance Company will partner with gloATL, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Sonic Generator from Georgia Tech in a unique performance at the Woodruff Center Symphony Hall. The world premier of "Maa,’" choreographed by KSU artist-in-residence Lauri Stallings, will be performed by the ASO and conducted by Atlanta Symphony maestro Robert Spano.
"Maa’" will be performed Sept. 9 – 10, at 8 p.m. in Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center. Tickets: $50 premium seating, $25 general admission, $12 student/artist. Box office: 404-733-5000.