Posting Date: November 15, 2011


KSU Program in Dance partners with Dance Canvas

The partnership will promote choreographic scholarship

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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Program in Dance at Kennesaw State University recently announced the launch of a new choreographic partnership. The KSU-Dance Canvas partnership is intended to promote choreographic scholarship among student artists and emerging choreographers in the city of Atlanta. The mission of Dance Canvas is to provide opportunities and venues to increase the awareness of professional dance in the Southeast. This mission is accomplished through three areas of focus: choreographer career development, youth outreach and leadership, and development and audience development.

Dance Canvas has presented world premieres of choreography from 27 emerging professional choreographers using 150 professional dancers in the city of Atlanta. Dance Canvas has also introduced nearly 900 school children to dance through its DC NEXT youth program curriculum and performed for more than 10,000 new audience members. The career development program allows choreographers to receive essential resources to produce their choreographic scholarship. Dance Canvas has featured dancers and works from emerging choreographers affiliated with American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Repertory Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Philadanco, Ron K. Brown/Evidence, Dayton Contemporary Dance Theater, and more. Angela Harris, the executive director of Dance Canvas was awarded the 2011 Emerging Leader Award from Americans for the Arts. The KSU/Dance Canvas partnership will provide choreographic opportunities for student choreographers every year and support the mission of artist development in the city of Atlanta.

The Kennesaw State University Program in Dance is housed in the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance within the College of the Arts. The program was started in fall 2005 under the direction of Ivan Pulinkala, and has quickly grown into one of the leading undergraduate dance programs in the Southeast, offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance with more than 100 dance majors. The KSU Dance Company has received several regional and national recognitions, including the honor of being selected in 2008 and 2010 to represent the Southeast at the National American College Dance Festivals held at the Miller Theatre in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 24,100 students from 142 countries.

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


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