Dance at KSU was profiled in the November 2008 of Dance Magazine.
Naturally the faculty pieces (not for adjudication) were more finished and well crafted than the student pieces. Two standouts were INCUBUS by Kennesaw State University's Ivan Pulinkala. His cast of seven men hung from and climbed on a giant trellis that was moveable in three parts (by Ming Chen). The piece was not only ingenious but somehow heroic. – Wendy Perron (Dance Magazine, September 2008)
Dancers: Brittany Hawes, Errin Cusack, Kelly Hamm, Ian Baxter, Myles Johnson, A.J. Paug
(KSU Dance Company)
Photo: Robert Pack
The KSU Dance Company is a pre-professional dance company that performs on campus, regionally and nationally. Students who major or minor in dance have the opportunity to audition at the beginning of each semester (fall/spring) to be a part of the company. The mission of the KSU Dance Company is to bring concert dance to the community, as well as serve the mission of education in dance through its outreach programs. Every year the company tours regional venues, performing and educating students about dance as a performing art. Through this outreach program, students in the company gain valuable touring experience while serving an important community mission. Members of the KSU Dance Company receive academic credit for performing in season concerts, informal concerts, as well as in community partner projects. Through a variety of performance opportunities, it is our goal to also provide students with practical production experiences that extend to the areas of design and stage management.
Hannah Alexander is a sophomore at KSU with a focus in Ballet. Hannah has been dancing since she was three and wishes to further her dance career after graduation.
Elora Alvino is currently a freshman with a concentration in Ballet. She is very excited to be a part of the KSU Dance Company and is looking forward to dancing more often.
Emily Behtz is a freshman Dance major at KSU. Prior to attending KSU, Emily danced with The Studio Dance Academy in Athens, GA. This past summer, Emily spent five weeks at an advanced summer intensive with the Atlanta Ballet. She has also had opportunities to dance with San Jose Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. This is her first semester performing with the KSU Dance Company.
Mallory Brown is a sophomore Dance major with a concentration in Ballet. This is her second semester in the KSU Dance Company. She previously trained at Roswell Dance Theatre under the direction of Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz and Mary Lynn Taylor. She is an active member of Nu Delta Alpha. Mallory is excited about this upcoming semester!
Khy Chesnut is a junior Political Science major with minors in Dance and Business Management. This is Khy’s third semester dancing in the KSU Dance Company, and he is excited to perform with the Company once again. In April 2014, Khy will embark upon his fourth year of dance.
This spring is Cara Collier’s fourth semester with the KSU Dance Company. She is a sophomore, and she previously trained with the Carterville School of Ballet. Cara is very excited to see what this semester has to offer.
Jaiva Crawford is a sophomore at KSU and is double majoring in Forensic Science and Dance with a concentration in Contemporary. She has been dancing for seventeen years and believes that her life wouldn’t be the same without dance.
Maura Dickson, a freshman Dance major, is thrilled to perform alongside the other talented dancers in the KSU Dance Company. This is Maura’s first semester dancing and performing with the Company.
Before attending KSU, Avery Edwards trained at the Gretchen Greene School of Dance in Savannah, Georgia for eleven years. Avery is a sophomore and excited to perform with the KSU Dance Company again this semester.
Emily Ferguson studied ballet, jazz and contemporary for fifteen years at Georgia Dance Conservatory and Georgia Ballet. She has studied at summer intensives at Atlanta Ballet and the Governor’s Honors Program. Currently, she teaches jazz/ musical theatre at Georgia Dance Conservatory and performs for Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre (a.k.a. Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre).
Jade Greene starting dancing at the age of three. Since she saw her first ballet, "Beauty and the Beast," she knew she was destined to be a dancer. This is Jade's first year with the company, and she hopes to gain a lot of experience from her teachers, her choreographers, as well as her fellow peers. Jade definitely feels honored and privileged to be a part of an amazing and growing company.
Madison Hahn is a third year Dance major with a focus in Modern technique. Her goal is to glorify her Creator with her body, and to engage the art of dance on a mental and physical level. Madison also loves sharing her love of dance with others and teaches at studios in the Atlanta area.
Christopher Hall is a junior Dance major at KSU. This will be his fifth semester with the KSU Dance Company. His work will be performed at the 2014 American College Dance Festival.
Madeleine Harris has danced since the age of three with both the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre and the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company. As a freshman at KSU, this is her second semester performing with the KSU Dance Company. After graduating from KSU in a few years, Madeleine hopes to pursue dance as a career. She can't wait to see how the pieces this spring turn out!
Ansley Head began training at the age of two at Mainstream Dance and Covington Regional Ballet under the instruction of Jaime Robtison. This is her third semester in Kennesaw's Dance Company, and she is very excited to grow as a dancer and performer this semester.
Gretchen Hughes is a sophomore at Kennesaw State University and has been dancing for seventeen years. Gretchen is thrilled to perform with the Kennesaw State Dance Company this semester.
Christina Kelly is from the small town of Newnan, Georgia and spent fifteen years at Newnan School of Dance. Currently, Christina is a Business major and Dance minor and plans to continue to work as much as possible with the KSU Dance Company and Dance department.
Kasia Koller spent thirteen years dancing at the Reif Center in northern MN. Now a freshman Dance major, she is very excited to be embarking upon a new adventure with the KSU Dance program.
Brianna Koon is a freshman Dance major. Before attending KSU, Brianna studied at Pebblebrook High School for the Performing Arts and Bravo Dance Center, and spent her summers training at the GA Conservatory and Point Park University. Brianna has danced in a variety of musicals including: Hairspray, Crazy For You, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Fame.
Megan Larkin is a junior Dance major at Kennesaw State University. She has been involved with the KSU Dance Company for the last four semesters performing and working as a member of the stage crew.
Weston Melton is a freshman at KSU majoring in Dance and Exercise Science. This is his third year dancing and his first season with the KSU Dance Company. Weston is excited to continue his education in dance this semester and looks forward to many more semesters to come.
Angela Novelli is a junior majoring in both Dance and French at Kennesaw State University. Ms. Novelli began her technical dance training under the direction of Veronica Moretti Niebuhr at The Studio in Savannah, Georgia. Angela is excited to work with the KSU Dance Company again this semester, as she begins her fifth consecutive semester dancing with the Company.
Jessica Ojeda, a sophomore this year, is excited to be a part of the KSU Dance Company for her third season. Jessica grew up in Suwanee, GA, where she attended Sugarloaf Performing Arts for an entire twelve years. While studying at her hometown studio, she was able to participate in various ballets, dance festivals and conventions. Jessica is a declared Dance major with a concentration in Ballet. She hopes to be a part of this thriving company for as many semesters as possible!
Bekah O’Toole is a freshman at Kennesaw State University majoring in Dance. Prior to KSU, she performed and taught at Dance Contempra for thirteen years. Bekah is excited to pursue her passion for performance as she with the KSU Dance Company
Emily Peay, currently a first semester senior at KSU, began her training in Kennesaw about eighteen years ago. This is her fourth semester in the KSU Dance Company. In addition to dedicating herself to her Dance major, Emily also models in her spare time.
Carrie Petrak is a junior majoring in Dance and is also the current KSU Dance Company President. During her time with the KSU Department of Dance, she has been fortunate to participate in various performances, projects and partnerships in the Atlanta Dance community. She is looking forward to another exciting semester of dance, and would personally like to thank her family, friends and mentors for their continuous support.
Marissa Pennington, a freshman Dance major at KSU, is beginning her second semester in the KSU Dance Company. Marissa previously trained at Dance Arts in Valdosta, GA under the direction of Mrs. Linda Chase, and is excited to embark upon her first dance on film project with Genevieve Colangelo.
Simon Phillips was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. He is a sophomore double majoring in Dance and Psychology at KSU. Simon began dancing recreationally at the age of five. Later, at the age of eleven, he began to train more seriously. He is thankful to have the opportunity to be part of the KSU Department of Dance because it is an ideal place to learn and grow as an artist and as an individual.
Meghan Roberts is a sophomore double majoring in Dance and Communication. She trained with Bravo Dance Center in Acworth, Ga for fifteen years. Meghan is very excited to be performing with the Kennesaw State University Dance Company for a fourth consecutive semester.
Megan Rowe is a sophomore at KSU and has been dancing for seventeen years. This is her third semester performing with the KSU Dance Company, and she has served as the Company Historian for one semester. She looks forward to dancing this semester.
Born and raised in Snellville, Georgia, Lindsey Smith began dancing at the age of four and trained at the Academy of the Arts in Stone Mountain and Steppin’ Up Dance Academy. As a junior at Kennesaw State University, Lindsey is currently studying Accounting and Dance and has a concentration in Jazz. Her current goals are to complete her degree and to eventually open a dance studio.
Simone Stevens is beginning her first semester of college as a Dance major at Kennesaw State University and is thrilled to have an opportunity to perform with the Company this spring. Simone started dancing at the age of three at En Pointe School of Dance based in Lilburn, Ga. and is open and hopeful for what lies ahead for her dance career.
Ansen “Luke” Steely
Ansen “Luke” Steely has been dancing since he was eight years old and was a company member with Dancentre South for six years. Luke has danced in “The Nutcracker” of Cherokee County, BalletFest Atlanta, Jazz on Tap, Magical Days at Disney, Panoply and Piccolo-Spoleto. He has attended summer intensives at Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, the International Ballet Competition School and Jazz on Tap on Tour. This is his second semester performing with the KSU Dance Company.
Lauren Stott, a freshman at KSU, is more than excited to be a part of the KSU Dance Company this semester. For Lauren, dance is a blessing and integral to her life.
Emily Tomasi is double majoring in Psychology and Dance and started dancing when she was three years old. Emily is happy to say that she performed with the KSU Dance Company during her first year at KSU and is looking forward to dancing in the Company for another semester.
William Vanmeter began studying ballet at the age of sixteen with Dance Contempra in Peachtree City, Ga. He attended Joffrey Ballet's Summer Intensive in New York City on full scholarship and trained in the adult open division at Atlanta Ballet under the instruction of Carol Szkutek during the year 2012-13. William is currently a Dance major at KSU with a concentration in Ballet, which he plans to pursue after graduation.
Anna Wagner is a freshman Dance Major at KSU. Before attending KSU, she trained under Jaime Robtison as well as Peter and Ashley Swan. This is her second semester with the company, and she is very excited to work with her two student choreographers, Kristen Archer and Hillary Andrews.
Julia is a sophomore Dance major with a concentration in Modern. She danced at Footnotes Dance and Acrobatics studio for six years. Julia aspires to perform with a dance company professionally.
Sara Whitener is a sophomore at KSU double majoring in Dance and Communications. She has been dancing for the past sixteen years and hopes to continue dancing as well as teaching dance after college.