Posting Date: August 22, 2012
KSU Department of Dance welcomes new assistant professor
Stevan Novakovich brings a world of experience to new department
By Shira Kerce
This semester, the Kennesaw State University Department of Dance welcomes Stevan Novakovich as a new assistant professor of dance. Novakovich will be teaching courses in choreography, analysis and criticism of dance, as well as working with the KSU Dance Company and developing additional performance opportunities for dance students.
“I am excited to be in a new academic environment where I can be intrigued and inspired by the diverse scholarly and artistic works of other faculty members,” Novakovich says. “This fall is the beginning of a new phase in the program, by becoming a Department of Dance, and it is the opportunity to contribute something of my own to the program that engages me.”
Novakovich began his dance career at an early age in his home country of Yugoslavia, and in 1993 he moved to the United States to continue his training. Since then he has trained with the Ballet West Conservatory, Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey School of American Dance, and he has performed with New York City Opera, Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles and famous choreographers such as Stephen Koester, Daniel Ezralow, Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone.
Novakovich received a B.F.A. in ballet from the University of Utah and an M.F.A. in choreography and professional performance from California State University, Long Beach. He has served as a guest instructor at various universities, both in the U.S. and overseas, and he continues to work as a guest teacher at numerous international dance festivals. Novakovich says he hopes to use his international dance experience to “inspire students and give them all the necessary tools to develop their own vision of global understanding.”
“Stevan Novakovich comes to KSU with an extensive professional performance and choreographic resume,” explains Ivan Pulinkala, chair of the Department of Dance. “He has a unique artistic voice, and we look forward to the artistic and scholarly enhancements that he will bring to our students.”