Dr. Ivan Pulinkala



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Chair/Associate Professor

Department of Dance

Ivan Pulinkala received his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama, his M.F.A in Dance from Mills College, Oakland, Calif., and his Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from Hindu College, Delhi University. Originally from New Delhi, Pulinkala has worked professionally in the field of dance and musical theatre both in India and the U.S.  His choreographic work has been commissioned for concert dance, musical theatre, as well as corporate and commercial film. While in India, Pulinkala served as the artistic director of his own company, performing and choreographing across the country. He served as the choreographer-in-residence for Delhi Music Theatre, and was named among the 25 Indian artists of the Millennium by the India Today Magazine in their December 1999 issue.

Pulinkala serves as the chair of the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University, and teaches classes in modern technique, choreography, dance history, dance appreciation, kinesiology and performance. He also serves as the artistic director for the Kennesaw State University Dance Company. Pulinkala was awarded the KSU Foundation Award in 2011, the Clendenin Graduate Fellowship at KSU in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the NEA American Masterpiece Grant for the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University in 2010, the Cobb Symphony Orchestra Award for Artistic Excellence in 2010 and the Board of Regents award for Teaching Excellence from Murray State University in 2005. He was also commissioned by the Tony award winning Alliance Theatre to choreograph their 2008 production of “Eurydice.” Pulinkala has received arts grants both in India and the U.S. for his work, and has served as a guest artist for a number of professional companies and university programs including Atlanta Ballet. In 2012, Pulinkala was selected by the Consulate of Israel to represent the U.S. as a cultural ambassador at the International Dance Exposure held in Tel Aviv. Recent commissions includechoreographic commissions in Beijing, Chinaand Tel Aviv, Israel.

The KSU Department of Dance has received regional and national attention for Pulinkala's choreographic work at the American College Dance Festival (ACDF.) He is the only choreographer in the history of ACDF to have work selected for 3 successive national festivals. In 2008, "INCUBUS" choreographed by Pulinkala, was performed at the National Festival held at the Miller Theatre in New York City. In 2010, Pulinkala's work "CHAKRA" was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In 2012, Pulinkala and the KSU Dance Company returned to the Kennedy Center with "Rhizome." Pulinkala's work has also been selected for the ACDF Regional Gala Concerts in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Pulinkala has studied under a number of nationally and internationally known teachers and choreographers in both the U.S. and India. The following are some of the individuals who have strongly influenced his dance training and choreographic career:

Mary Cochran (Paul Taylor Dance Company)
Milton Myers (Alvin Ailey School/ NY City Center)
June Watanabe (Mills College)
Jeanne Solan (Netherlands Dans Theatre/ NY City Center)
Fernando Aguilera (Argentine National Ballet at the Colon Theatre)
Susan McGuire (Paul Taylor School)
Kathleen McKlintock (Mills College)
Molissa Fenley (Molissa Fenley and Dancers)
Peter Schabel (Broadway Dance Center)
Mark Morris (Mark Morris Dance Group)


Guest Artist Residencies
Pulinkala has choreographed and taught for a number of professional companies, colleges and arts organizations:

FRESCO Dance Company, Israel (2013)

Rialto Center for the Arts (2010, 2011, 2013)

Washington University in St. Louis (2009, 2012)

Brigham Young University (2011, 2013)

Georgia Shakespeare (2011)

gloATL (2010)

Shanghai Normal University (2010)

Atlanta Ballet (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)
University of South Carolina (2008)
Nirvana Films (2007)
Governor's School for the Arts, Tennessee (2006, 2008)
The Dancer's Studio (2007)
Middle Tennessee State University (2005-2007)
Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus (2007, 2008)
Spelman College (2006)
Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (2006, 2007)
Decatur Arts Festival (2006)
Shanghai International Theatre Festival (2005)
Shelter Repertory Dance Company (2005)
Full Radius Dance Company (2005)
Mundial Festival (2005)
Murray State University (2001-2005)
Western Kentucky University (2004)
Danceworx (2004, 2009)
Vanderbilt University (2003, 2004)
U.C. Berkley (2004)
Mills College (2004)
Contemporary Dance Exchange of Nashville (2003-2005)
University of Tennessee at Martin (2003)
American College Dance Festival (2004-2009)
City Lights Youth Theatre (2001)
Delhi Music Theatre (1994-2002)
American Embassy School (1997-2002)
St. George's College (1994, 1995)


Clendenin Graduate Fellowship 2010, 2011, 2012

KSU Foundation Award 2011

KSU College of the Arts Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award 2011

Cobb Symphone Orchestra Award for Artistic Excellence 2010

NEA American Masterpiece Grant 2010-11

Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award 2005 (Murray State University)
KSU Faculty Incentive Grant 2006-07
Faculty Teaching Development Grant
Faculty Professional Development Grant
Committee on Institutional Studies and Research Grant
Individual Artist Fellowship Program Grant at the Kentucky Arts Council
Middle Tennessee State University International Guest Artist Grant


Original Modern works include: TOUCHDOWN (2013), Pyromania (2013), Road Kill (2012), Rhizome (2011), Cocoon (2010), Lost (2010), Chakra (2009), Succubus (2009), Magnetic Fields (2009), Metastasis (2009), Incubus (2008), Hyperspace (2007), A Dream Discarded (2007), Cloud Burst (2006), Firestorm (2005), Migration (2004), No Way Out (2003), Inside My Twisted Mind (2004), Mock Abduction (2002), Touch Down (2004), Secret Garden (2003), To Be Baptized (2003), Passages (2003), Coffee Break (2003), As Time Moves On (2003), Popcorn Suite (2002), Dirty Business (2002), Offerings (2003), A New World (2002), Cycle (2002), Geometric Relationships (2001), Second Construction (2001), Slow (2000) among others.

Professional musical theatre choreography/ performance credits include: Tommy, The Music Man, West Side Story, Grease, Best Friends, Evita, Fame- the musical, Me and My Girl, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat among others.


Integration of a Professional Dance into College (2011)

           (Research in Dance Education)

Piper of the Soul (2010)

           (Lambert Academic Publications)

            ISBN# 978-3-8383-1149-4

The Sensuality of Indian Movement (2009)


           Print 2010/ Online 2009

Polyphonic Dynamics as Educational Practice

          (Co-authored with Karen Robinson and Ming Chen)

           Theatre Topics (September 2010)

Professional Affiliations

Metropolitant Atlanta Arts Fund Board

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center Educational Board
gloATL Advisory Council


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