Posting Date: April 17, 2013
KSU Department of Dance honored at regional conference
Assistant Professor Sandra Parks’ choreography chosen for gala concert
By Shira Kerce
Photo by Robert Pack
Kennesaw State’s Department of Dance and Assistant Professor Sandra Parks were recently honored at the 2013 American College Dance Festival Association’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Parks’ choreography “Rebuild” was featured during the final night’s Gala Concert, closing out the conference that was held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from March 13-16.
The conference featured 40 works by dance troupes from various universities in the region. Of these 40 pieces, 10 were chosen to be performed at the Gala, with Parks’ piece serving as the final piece of the evening. The pieces were chosen by a panel of 3 adjudicators, all of whom are renowned dancers and choreographers.
"We are honored to have achieved our 6th ACDF gala selection in our short 8-year history,” says Ivan Pulinkala, interim dean of the College of the Arts and chair of the Department of Dance. “Congratulations to Sandra Parks and the cast of 'Rebuild'."
Parks adds, “An honor such as this is a great accomplishment for our students, and it validates what we do here in the Department of Dance.”
Parks originally choreographed and premiered “Rebuild” at the Fall 2012 faculty dance concert, "Road Kill." “It is a contemporary pointe piece, featuring seven female dancers,” Parks explains. “The idea for the piece came from deconstructionism and the idea that the imperfect can still be beautiful.” While learning and practicing the piece Parks says all of the dancers matured and developed greatly. “It was evident by their performance and the positive feedback they received from the adjudicators that they put a lot of work into this performance.”
In addition to performing in the gala concert, the conference also gave students the opportunity to attend classes, meet other student dancers and gain exposure to new dance teachers and teaching philosophies. “It was a great learning experience for both our students and the faculty who attended the conference,” Parks says.
The students and faculty of the Department of Dance will now focus on developing pieces for next year’s regional and national conferences. In the meantime, they will also present a student-choreographed Spring Dance Concert on April 26-27 at 8 p.m. in the Stillwell Theater. For tickets and more information, contact the box office online or at (770) 423-6650.