Kennesaw State announces Department of Dance

The Program in Dance becomes the Department of Dance


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KENNESAW, Ga. (August 15, 2012)Kennesaw State University announces the establishment of the Department of Dance, formerly the Program in Dance in the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance. The change recognizes the growing excellence of the dance program and provides opportunities for continued growth. Ivan Pulinkala, formerly the director of the Program in Dance, will be the chair of the new department.

The program’s new status as a department within the College of the Arts allows the program to continue its rapid growth and development. “The addition of new faculty and staff, the further development of our facility at Chastain Pointe and the development of additional budgetary resources will be some of the ways that the new department will provide additional resources for our dance students,” Pulinkala says.


Since it was founded in August 2005, the program is one of the fastest growing programs within the University System of Georgia. The KSU Dance Company has a growing record of regional and national recognitions, including invitations to perform in three successive National American College Dance Festivals. “The development of the Department of Dance will provide additional resources to support the growing regional and national reputation of the KSU Dance Company and dance program,” says Joseph Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts.


The Department of Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance as well as a minor in dance. The dance major allows students the option of developing a concentration in modern, ballet or jazz. The department expects more than 100 dance majors in fall 2012 and currently employs 14 regionally and nationally accomplished full- and part-time faculty. Additionally, the department offers students further resources through ongoing partnerships with Atlanta Ballet, gloATL and Dance Canvas.


Pulinkala is grateful to the KSU administration and to colleagues within the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies for their continued support throughout the development of the new department. “The development of the Department of Dance will enhance the experience of students at KSU,” Pulinkala explains. “It will allow the dance program to achieve its growth potential as a leader in dance education in the Southeastern United States.”

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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 130 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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